Crafting an online identity

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The powerful thing about telling a story is that it gets beyond the level of sim­ply listing facts about yourself. Not that there’s anything wrong with this; in a way it’s like a story because you choose which facts you present and the order in which you present them. But telling a story places them in a wider context, giv­ing meaning and direction to things which people come to know about you. Nonetheless, listing facts is important. Yet what sort of facts are likely to be rel­evant for these purposes? Here are some suggestions:

  • Your institutional affiliation
  • Your research interests
  • Other accounts you’re involved with
  • Your personal interests
  • Hashtags you contribute to
  • An institutional disclaimer
  • An additional website

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