This week was interesting week as the assignment was to Cybersleuth (aka Cyber-Stalk) one of my classmates. I had the privilege of cybersleuthing one of my best friends, Erinn Flory. This was a little harder since I know Erinn very well, but I only noted things that her digital presence could tell me.
Here are my findings:
Erinn's Instagram is private, but since she is one of my good friends, I already had access. Without having access, all I could see is she is a student at the University of Regina and that a few characteristics that describe Erinn which is "Kindness" and "Hilarious-ness". And as her friend, I can confirm both of these are true statements. Once I looked at her open privacy, I discovered that she enjoys spending time with her friends as most of her pictures involve them. She graduated from Balfour Collegiate in Regina based on one of her pictures. From her pictures, it is clear to see that she enjoys spending her time with friends and family, coaching volleyball and doing outdoor activities.
Erinn's Facebook account provides a little detail into her life:
Erinn has two Twitter Accounts: her professional one and her personal. I dug into both of them.
Professional Twitter (@MsFlory):
She states in her bio that she is studying to be a Social Studies and Physical Education teacher. Some of the things she believes in are "positive relationships" and "every student matters". She enjoys witty banter and travelling. She posts a lot about students being treated fairly and creating positive relationships so right away, I get the vibe that she is dedicated and is going to be an awesome teacher who will create an equal and supportive classroom for her students. Her Professional Twitter provides a clear outlook on what her classroom will look like and I am excited to see where she goes as I know she will make an awesome teacher. This is not just because she is already my friend, but because everything she tweets and shares has so much value and wisdom to it.
Her personal Twitter is not as active and I did not learn anything new from her Twitter. It was more older photos and gave me a slight look into some of her High School memories. Overall, she has a good sense of humour based on the things she shares and likes.
Erinn's blog is highly professional. It is filled with wisdom and experiences for her readers. Her learning project posts were entertaining to read and it was awesome to watch her progress. Overall, these blogs mainly just reiterate everything else I already found. She is going to be an awesome educator and I look forward to keeping up with her blogs and her learning posts.
Erinn has a few results when she is Googled. Her Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and blogs appear which is interesting because out of curiosity, I Googled myself and did not find any results that matched me . Either way, it made my job way easier to have all of her social media in one place. The one new thing I learnt from this is that she works as a Summer Intern with WestHill Church. She works with the children and youth of the church.
This was a fun activity! I enjoyed diving deep into the lives and the social media of one of my best friends. I had never taken the time to actually full on stalk her before so this was super interesting. Overall, Erinn does not overshare online, she is generally a pretty private person on the web. Based on what I can see, my main take-aways are that she is a very friendly, family/friend-oriented person, she enjoys sports and being outdoors and she is going to be an amazing educator.
*All pictures have been approved by Erinn*
*For her privacy, only her professional Twitter and Blog has been linked*
Another part of our homework was to look at our digital identity on a more general scale. I watched a TED Talk by Jon Ronson called "One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life". I found this video very interesting because it really puts it into perspective how one wrong move online can flip your life upside down. In the video, Jon talks about a woman named Justine who wrote a racist tweet before boarding her flight. By the time she landed, it was everywhere and she was trending and not in a good way. She was fired from her job and targeted on social media due to her actions. Although I do not agree with Justine's actions, it is insane how fast word travelled and how one stupid thing she wrote decided her life.
This is a terrifying thought, I don't post very much on social media, but it is always a process for me to post something. I am terrified that I will accidentally post something that the teacher's board finds inappropriate and I will suffer for it. Every time i post, I think "is this an appropriate message? Is this an appropriate outfit? Is this an appropriate caption?". I am constantly in my head because I do not want to make a mistake like Justine did. It boggles my mind how much social media has grown in importance over the last few years. It has created a huge boom in the world and because of that, people are suffering consequences because of their online life. Jobs are beginning to cybersleuth your profiles online in order to make sure you are an appropriate candidate. And all it takes is for you to post one bad post, someone to screenshot or share it and after that, it belongs to the web and there is no turning back.
This video was definitely alarming to me, I was pretty sure all of my pictures and content were appropriate, but I felt the need to double check. Everything seems fine on my social media, but it is still crazy to think that one wrong post can turn my life all around. We need to be extra careful when online and be very aware of our own digital identities.
Thanks for reading!