Creating an online persona is easy. All you need is access to the Internet to get you going. Sign up for websites or applications such as tumblr, twitter, facebook and instagram and the first step is done! What’s next? Decide who you want to be.
Do you want to be a fitness guru from France? On tumblr you can be. Your username and avatar can be anything and of anyone, your online persona in this case does not have to be a representation of yourself, rather a representation of someone you want to be. Or you can be you! In our BCM112 and BCM110 classes we have had the task of creating an online persona. In this case I have had to create an online representation of myself, my thoughts and my ideas in relation to the subjects and topics that I am studying.
My ‘professional’ online persona can be seen on my Twitter and WordPress accounts, in which I am connected with my student peers, lecturers and tutors. My ‘personal’ online persona is represented in my Facebook and Instagram accounts, that I only share with people I know and trust. My Facebook and Instragram accounts could be public if I chose them to be. Then there is my Tumblr account, in which my followers do not know my identify or anything about my professional or personal life. On Tumblr I enjoy and share healthy foods and fit bodies, these posts are the only insight into my life that my followers have access to.
An online persona is what you choose it to be, you can make it as true to life, or as fictional as you wish.
Some examples of well-known and public online personas on Facebook are Percy Inglis, Kurt Coleman, Lyn Kent and Gemma Sullivan. We cannot be sure that what they are presenting to us is their true personality, or a put-on to gain attention and popularity.