Managing a Digital Identity: Readings, Resources and Discussion Notes

For those of you that missed this Research Matters, we had a wonderful discussion.  Below is a summary of some of the issues we talked about:

  1. Why should academics be concerned about an online identity?
    1. Connecting with your research community (“Tweet-ups,” where folks gather to discuss and issue)
    2. Finding others with similar research
    3. Conducting research–finding research participants
    4. Creating a marketable profile for the next job
    5. Providing outreach to the community as experts in our field
    6. Advancement within the discipline–invitations to speak, review programs, etc.
    7. Mentoring students
      1. modeling online networking
      2. guiding their research
      3. teaching
  2. Worries about Digital Identities:
    1. Keeping up with all the venues and maintaining many pages
    2. Being scooped–if we put our research out there, others may scoop us
    3. Linking various venues together
    4. Managing negative digital identities that others might post
  3. Solutions (possible resources)
    1.  Costs money, but helps manage all your identities
    2. Google Scholar–establish a public identity on Google Scholar
    3. Wooster’s Discover site:
    4. Wooster’s new Open Works site, managing open access publication
    5. Checking privacy settings on Facebook, Twitter, and Google
    6. Googling yourself, and requesting that negative posts be deleted



The following readings will help us in our discussion of the value of using social media in both teaching and research, as well as tips on how to create a personal brand in academia.

Using Social Media

Personal Branding