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Internet is everywhere these days.

I am among the generation that remembers the time “before internet.” I remember the dial-up nightmare when you only could be online so much… I remember the times without wi-fi, when even if you have a laptop, you have to have a cable hooked up to the computer to get internet.

But I am beginning to forget what it was like not to have access to some information. I am beginning to forget what it was like not to have instant connection with my friends all over the world.

I am a very online person and I like it this way. My job also requires me to be in the know of the latest updates in this area, so I am always scanning the Mashable news and infographics to learn more.

However, being active in social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) requires one to choose what life s/he is living.

What do we show to the world?

Are our online personalities real?

There are a lot of people who pretend to be someone they are not. Teens who post about love and life philosophy (one of the reasons I do not read CIS version of Facebook called VKontakte is because it is flooded with the emo quotes on life and love and pain…)

There are a lot of people who also don’t think about posting stuff. Perhaps they think no one except their friends will see it? I don’t know. However, if you post anything online – it is for everyone.

The reason I thought about it today is because there is a girl at my work. She hasn’t worked for a long time at our company – but ever since I’ve been introduced to her, I felt rather awkward around her. Every time she looks at me, I feel like flinching. Some might say there’s something wrong with her aura. I don’t know. Yet after she said something on Friday, we decided to look her up online to see whether she was just joking or she could be serious.

We found her online profile.

To say we were shocked would be to say nothing at all.

I wonder why people would write something like that and present it to the whole world to see.

Granted, I grew up in Church and most of my friends are Christian and I realize that I am naive in some areas.

Yet still…

As my friends and I looked at her online profile, we discussed the issue of our online selves.

“When we were looking for an assistant for me, I looked up all the candidates and paid special attention to their online presence. That’s why I have read half of your blog.” I told a friend who was my assistant and was recently promoted to a Coordinator position.

“What blog?” He looked confused. “LifeJournal?”

“I think so. It was the one mentioned in your VKontakte page.”

“It hasn’t been active in a long while,” he said and went to see what he wrote there.

A minute passed. “Oh gosh… you’ve read this?”

I grinned, “Yeah. And I am so glad you turned out to be better than your blog presented you. I was actually not looking forward to working with you, but I didn’t really have a choice.”

He grinned sheepishly.

What does your online presence say about you?

Are you real on your Facebook profile or blog?

If a person visits your blog / facebook / twitter for the very first time… what will that person see?

You? Someone better than real you? Someone worse than real you?

In our technology and internet age, our online selves matter.

  • I hope and pray they will see the real me, but even more that they will see the very real Jesus who lives within me.

    • @dlrayburn:disqus – I agree – our main task, as followers.of Christ is to be His representatives in the world. What people see in us – our selves or Him? That is the question.

      Thanks for the input!

  • I was just talking to my friend today about facebook. I think most of the time it is utterly fake — people just post a highlight reel of what is cool about their lives, but you don’t get to really see them. You don’t get to know them. I think its sad we base our judgments on what is on facebook, but that is reality. I am not working in the work world, but I am online a lot. I’m sure people have looked me up and been scared off…lol. If I was working, maybe I’d think twice about what I wrote online. My husband doesn’t put any information online except for linkedin, but that is it. He has a facebook page which he never posts on. I’m thinking maybe that is for the best. Employers do look at our online presence. Too bad most of the time, it poorly represents the real us.

    • @facebook-100002807598867:disqus – I hope when people see the “online” me, they see the real me. Granted, sometimes I am more open online mostly because I feel more comfortable online than with people (since I am an introvert), but otherwise, it’s me.

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