YT University and IG Confinement

The social media networks I use everyday, religiously, are Youtube, and Instagram. I also have a Google+, and Twitter account, but I never use them. I honestly can not figure out how Google+ works. Back in 2010, I deactivated my Facebook account. Maintaining a Facebook account, and being a freshman in college was not easy work. Plus, Facebook gets everyone into trouble.

My Youtube account, and Instagram account are used in two totally different ways. On Youtube I watch a variety of things. I use it to watch vlogs, tutorials, reviews, music videos, comedy skits, relaxation videos (ASMR), and I sometimes come across a laughing baby. No one has my Youtube information, I do not upload videos, and it’s not even my real name. It is purely used for educational, and entertainment purposes. Instagram is a different story. Instagram really is an addiction. You may not post everyday, but you are definitely on it everyday. I have not logged out since I downloaded the app. Instagram is the ultimate “Let me be nosey” app.  My Instagram is public, but it is also not under my real name. Your Instagram handle is something you give out freely (@_geniuschild). I have met friends on Instagram, and reconnected with old ones; however, you can also lose friends over Instagram, it’s called “Unfollow.”

On both accounts I am pretty careful with what I comment, and post. Even though on Youtube no ones knows it is me, I keep my negative comments to myself. On Instagram my posts are either funny, serious, artsy, photos of Bob Marley, photos of outings, or an occasional “selfie.”

“Controlling Your Public Appearance” by Danah Boyd, does not make me change my thoughts of how I use social media. I do not post anything that can cause me to lose a job, or a potential job. When my name is searched everything that is seen is volleyball related. However, if my Instagram were under my name, and my pictures were to appear, the person searching my name would know: I am humorous but sometimes serious, artistic, a lover of Bob Marley, who rarely goes out, and posts “selfies” once a month.

Persona is Key

In social media I normally engage in YouTube, Twitter, Tumbler, and Reedit. My YouTube account contains mostly gaming videos basically it’s documentation of the fun times I have with my online friends. My online friends would watch them and would laugh and talk about it in the nostalgic lane. As for my pubic identity I changed into a persona that I can work with and wouldn’t feel bad about my privacy if I ever got exposed. My gamer and art user names are completely different and I like to keep them separated. My Facebook is just there and it’s basically just for communicating with old high school friends. For example one of my friends got married and we when to his wedding. He invited us through Facebook and we had a fun time. I make my choices basic on what persona is need. For example if I had to be involved with a Facebook event for a game I would use my gamers Facebook. I am always afraid what the public has to say about my opinions. If I see a few negative comments I normally freak out and if I can delete a post about my opinions I would. I think having multiple Personas’ or online accounts can help protect you.