Two podcasts I listened to this weekend brought up the concept of Googling to find information about someone, especially during job searches. NCQ Talk‘s Kris went as far as to say that Googling your name could be your actual resume. At Weblogs, Wikis, and Feeds — Oh My! they discussed that anyone can put information about you on the Internet. They went on to state that by putting information about yourself online, you create an alternative to just what other people are saying about you.
Both of these conversations mix into our students using MySpace and other social networks that are open and share who you are with the world. How, as we work on the web, we create trails of information about ourselves. How this will effect your job search processes.
I have lots of interesting feelings about this. Blogging, Webcasting, and Podcasting are amazing media and have really allowed me to get to know many folks around the blogosphere. Dave and Jeff at EdTechTalk both shared personal pieces this week that made me feel like I know them better, even though I don’t really ‘know’ them. I guess it’s similar to the way people feel so familiar with their news anchors or other familiar television actors. But with the Read/Write web, you can actually start a two way conversation and share back. So relationships are created between people who have never seen or spoke to the other.
For me, I think this characterizes the digital immigrant vs. digital native conversation. I feel as though some of the immigrant’s that I know don’t understand how you can feel through a digital interaction. They ask, “How can it be real” or “They are just blogging.” — but with the read/write web, I really feel connections here. I think our students really feel connections with each other digitally. I can’t imagine what my 5, 2, and 4 month old with experience as they grow.
So is this new online presence a resume, curriculum vitae, or a new media self-portrait?