Persona Draft 2

So after deciding it was way too text heavy, and after everyone’s feedback, I came up with this. I went a little overboard with infographics but I think it’s much more readable now. And even though it’s not exactly true to actual video player interfaces I think the gist of it is still there.

I still might tweak a few things but I think it’s almost there. Let me know what you think in the comments below or on google+. Thanks~


Identity Map Draft 2 + Confusion

So I spent a while updating my Identity Map to include more of the “Critical Analysis” But I’m a little confused and think I might have actually taken a step in the wrong direction.

“Outline the various aspects of your online identity” & “Use words and phrases to describe your identity in these places.”

My problem is that the Identity Map is supposed to be about just that, my online identities; But I am falling into the trap of analysing my online behaviour instead.  And every time I try to change my focus I get confused and end up repeating the same mistake.

“Demonstrate very strong awareness of key issues discussed”

I remember talking about online identities and about how we portray ourselves differently to different audiences, but I’m not too sure what is meant by “key issues” and how this effects the information I need to include in my identity map. Or if I’m misunderstanding this entirely.

Anyway, I thought I would post my latest draft, even though it will probably change a lot. Let me know what you think about what I’ve discussed above, in the comments or on google+. Thanks.

Quotes are copied from the criteria sheet or Kate’s post on google+.

Identity Map2


Persona Draft

I made my persona poster about a week back but didn’t post it because I wasn’t happy with it. There is still a lot I want to change but I’m having trouble deciding what to do, so feedback would be highly appreciated.

I am mostly an internet lurker and my favourite site to lurk is youtube. I consume a lot more video content than any other kind and I have roughly outlined the percentage of time I spend on each of my social networks in the poster below.

Because I spend so much time on YouTube I thought it would be interesting to theme my poster around the site but I’m kind of worried it’s too text heavy and that I should incorporate more infographics. Please let me know in the comments, or on Google+, if you can think of any other suggestions.

Side note: The QR codes don’t lead anywhere. I will connect those to the blog posts for assignment one later.

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Close up of the bottom half incase you wanted to read…

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Also, are there any important sections that I left out? Or did incorrectly?


Are We A Community?


In this post I’m going to talk about Online Communities, but first let’s look at what an online community is and how we can define them.

An article on i-Scoop describes communities as:

“A natural phenomenon, a mindset and a way of engagement. Communities of people have always existed and online communities existed long before we even used blogs. Social communities are online communities using social platforms. An online community is no different than any other community except for the fact it’s online. It is a group of people with something in common, which could include shared interests, experiences, ideals, goals or profiles.

This is an interesting definition because it implies that the technology is irrelevant to the concept of communities, even though in some cases it is the main platform for communication.

i-Scoop defines 7 parameters for classifying communities: Scale, Scope (Exchanging ideas or answering questions), Settings (Public/private), Maturity (of the features, Networking and content sharing or collaboration and co-creation), Value Proposition, Members and Tools.

Using these definitions and parameters you could say that a blog or a site such as LinkedIn is not a community. This is because there is no clear community goal or engagement. Let’s see what happens if I apply this information to some of my own social networks.

Facebook – has a small scale based on my personal connections; is an environment for sharing ideas, having conversations or answering questions; the setting is private; the network has basic community features, and it has a wide range of members from various profiles all with a shared goal.

DeviantArt – has a large public community of members all with a shared goal or interest in Art. It is a platform for communication and learning and even collaboration, utilising basic tools and features.

By this definition, both of these networks can be considered communities. But let’s look at one more, and consider Kate’s twitter network of library and information professionals.

Twitter – has a large public and private audience; utilises basic features of networking and content sharing to communicate between people of a similar interest; and is used as a platform for sharing ideas, conversations, learning experiences and collaboration toward similar goals.

It meets all the criteria, I think it’s fair to say it’s an online community.

Lastly, I was going to write about my networks, where they exist, how I participate, enact relationships, etc. But I feel like I covered most of that In my previous blog post about my online identity so if you want to give that a read go ahead and check out my previous post, Internet & Me.

If you disagree with this definition of online communities or my conclusions about specific networks, let me know in the comments, I’ll be interested to hear your different opinions.

Have a lovely day,
– M

More statistics than you’ll ever need

stats 2So many statistics~

What you’re seeing here is a glimpse of my personal statistics collected from my Facebook and organised graphically by the WolframAlpha “Facebook report” tool.

I know the aim of this activity was to generate a network map but to me the most interesting data was about my activity history and friend demographics (age, gender, relationship status, etc.). It was interesting to see when I’m most active and the type of updates I commonly make.

What do you think? What was the most interesting thing you observed when you completed this activity? And for those of you that didn’t, what is the most interesting thing you noticed in my data?

I look forward to hearing from you.


Internet & Me


A few days ago I was asked to blog about where I draw the line in the sand with my public and private online identity. I feel I have a very hard line between the two but It took me a few days to properly consider this so I hope this post will make sense.

I don’t have too many social networks and I maintain different identities on each. My Facebook is a personal zone where I can connect with friends and family and share photos and comments on my day to day life. On Facebook I’m more free to talk about personal issues (not too personal though, TMI) because I know these people and I feel comfortable sharing certain facts.

Then I have my DeviantArt, Tumblr and YouTube. These are more professional spaces. I talk very freely about my art and art journey on these platforms. I also enjoy connecting with other people and sharing a learning experience so we can all improve together. But in terms of private details the most I ever share is my name and my very general geography. I don’t talk about people I know unless they are also on that network, and I will stick to using their username when I refer to them to maintain their privacy.

When I think about what to share and not share I usually ask myself “Would I like to get up in front of a large room of strangers and shout it out?”. I also apply this question when I’m posting about people I know, “Would I like someone else to get up and shout that out to a crowd if it were about me?”, It depends, but usually it’s a no.

I believe I have quite a reserved view on information sharing on the internet because I have always been taught that everything on the internet is available to a wide audience, permanent and difficult to remove. I’ve also been taught that the internet isn’t just full of the lovely people in IAB206 but some not so nice people that probably shouldn’t know where you live.

You may have noticed I use a display picture that I drew, that is not a photo. This is because photos of me are reserved for my private networks as they make me more identifiable. I know this might seem a little over the top but it’s where I feel comfortable sharing at the moment.

I recently signed up to twitter and I’m having trouble finding things to tweet about that I feel fall within my comfortable zone of public sharing. And this is usually the case and the reason why I tend to be an internet lurker more often than a contributer. But you never know, maybe this blog will help with that a little. I hope this made sense and didn’t go off topic.

Thanks for reading and have a nice day.
– M

Hello IAB206~

Hello Everyone and Welcome to my Blog~

As I mentioned in our community I’m a fourth year this year, studying a double in IT and Creative Industries majoring in Interactive and Visual Design. I’m taking this unit because I’m hoping it will be really interesting and complement my CI studies in web design.

My favourite online space is probably YouTube because there is a wide variety of content and it’s interesting to see into other people’s worlds. I’m also quite creative and enjoy drawing when I get time. Most creations are usually posted to my various online networks and occasionally I make time-lapse YT videos.

Something I drew recently… I love how Social media allows us to have intelligent and meaningful debates on a global level.
The dress

I’ve included links to some of my social media accounts in the sidebar if you’d like to connect with me in my other spaces. I will be posting more to this blog in coming weeks starting off with my first official post within the next few days.

I hope to connect with all of you in this community to make this a good experience.

Have a nice day~