Twitter and Identity

I enjoy using twitter. I enjoy reading other peoples tweets. However I had a moment’s confusion recently with Olnet. The Olnet project is now in full swing with many interesting researchers working on it in various capacities. I recently gained a follower called @olnet so I followed back. I now see discussions between people I know on olnet such as @openpad, @liamgh, @NouvouNous etc and @oLnet. Suddenly, I realised that I did not really know who @Olnet was. I had visualised it as a sort of group entity populated by all the people I knew on the project, yet clearly it was just one of them.

So, I clicked on the oLnet link and looked up the profile. Turns out oLnet = Karen the new project manager.

I wonder. Is Karen the official “voice” of oLnet? Is oLnet Karen’s only voice? Does she have another identity where she is just herself? Are oLnet and Karen one and the same person?

I once set up a 2nd twitter identity for a project I was working on, but soon got rid of it. You can only associate one ID with one email address, and it was a real pain logging on and off twitter to use the alternateproject ID I soon got rid of it.

This has raised questions about twitter and identity in my mind. I’m still working out what I think about this one. Meanwhile I’m glad that Karen put her name in her profile. At least I now know who is speaking for olnet in the world of twitter.

by Gill

About Gill

Having worked as a Research Fellow with the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, I have now semi-retired but retained my association with the OU as an Honorary Associate.
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