Anyone who knows me, knows that I don’t like to be the center of attention and I don’t especially like to talk about myself. But I was prompted to create an About.me profile for an assignment for the LEC Digital Educator.
It always feels a bit weird to me to list one’s accolades. I mean, I had no problem doing that for my vitae, but to me that’s different because my vitae only goes to specific people whereas my About.me profile seems to be instantly public. I tried to figure out how to make it relatively private…I mean, I don’t need random people to see who I am. This is my biggest issue with social media and social networking. I think there should be more control over who sees what. Sure there are people out there who have no qualms about sharing details of their personal life with the greater world but there are also those of us who are not so comfortable. I can see why district administrators are worried about giving students access to social media tools. Sure, we can teach students netiquette and the rules of digital citizenship. We can caution them on what not to share. But we can do very little if social media tools do not give individuals the right to determine how much we share and to whom we share that information (Facebook is a perfect example – every change they make seems to revert my privacy permissions). You might ask, “Then why post information on social media sites?” My answer, “Because we need to establish a digital presence.” It’s important in this day and age. Period.
Believe me, I have no problem with social media tools and social networking. I just find it frustrating that there aren’t more ways for us to control who sees what. I don’t regret creating an About.me page, but I don’t see myself keeping my About.me page after this certification course is over.