WhoAmI - A Web2.0 Platform for Faceted Identity Management through Aggregation of Social Media
published: Dec. 18, 2008, recorded: December 2008, views: 12247
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In this paper, we describe methods and an implementation for the aggregation and visualization of personal social media. We consider it important to offer non-proprietary software that is capable to raise awareness for diverse aspects of mediated identity. This issue has become important especially over the course of the past five years, where the role of users changed more and more from consumers towards ``prosumers'', i.e. giving away facets of their daily life as a commodity. Intelligent aggregation of such social media may lead to coarse descriptions of digital identities, if observed over long-enough time periods. Our tool offers such possibilities to users who are concerned about the way they deal with their life and its digital representation in the public. This paper also outlines a number of reasons why one should be concerned about this, which are confirmed by a small user study that we conducted.
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