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Online Self-Presentation Styles
How can you ensure that the communication style and self-image you present online are consistent with your intended message? For example, how can you ensure that the use of online sites such as LinkedIn or personal blogs and websites enhance rather than hinder your presentation of self?
In this Discussion, you explore this question and analyze self-presentation in an online environment.
- Review this week’s Learning Resources, especially the article, “Social Networking Web Sites: The Legal and Ethical Aspects of Pre-Employment Screening and Employee Surveillance.”
- Visit the personal websites or LinkedIn profiles of three different people and consider how elements such as images and consistency help define their online presentation styles. Please be careful not to just look at the individual’s “official site” as that might be corporate in nature, and more geared towards marketing and sales
- Evaluate the presentation these individuals are creating online. Consider the goals they are trying to achieve in their presentation style.
Note: Although you can view LinkedIn and Facebook profiles of selected individuals with whom you may be connected, others may not be able to view them, so please share the personal blog or website links in your post so your colleagues may view them as well.
With these thoughts in mind:
Due by Wednesday 9-20-17
Post at least 300 words comparing your online self-presentation styles with those of the online profiles you selected. In your comparison, be sure to address the following:
- How do you present yourself online in order to gain compliance and achieve your chosen goal(s)? How does your approach differ?
- What ethical considerations come into play? Make reference to the “Social Networking Web Sites: The Legal and Ethical Aspects of Pre-Employment Screening and Employee Surveillance” article and cite where appropriate.
- How might you change your online communication behavior or self-presentation to achieve your goals?
- Don’t forget to include the links from your analysis so your classmates can also visit the websites firsthand.