Digital Perceptions is a tool that is aimed at getting people thinking about their digital identity, and how they are perceived online. It was conceived of 4 years ago in a post by Donna Lanclos and me, and now, thanks to Zac Gribble it is coded and live. It is still draft and in development. A host of people are due thanks, especially those who gave feedback on the concept, and continue to do so including @Autumm, @marcuselliott, @Kerrypinny, @Warwicklanguage, @Davecormier, @asameshimae @Sarahknight.
What is the tool for?
The tool is for reflecting on your digital identity, or how you are perceived by others online. It is not a diagnostic tool! It will not tell you what to fix. However, it might help you in planning how you to develop your identity in the future.
On Data Collection (with thanks to Autumm).
With pervasive data surveillance ubiquitous in today’s online technology offerings, Digital Perceptions it attempting to take a better approach to your data – we’re not collecting it in the first place.
We do not collect or track your email address or other sensitive data, but this does mean that our tool does not have some features that would otherwise be possible if we were to engage in these practices. You will not be asked to create a user account and there is no way for us to send you notifications.
Though this means that our tool may seem less robust than others we believe that in today’s climate of data surveillance this as a feature not a bug.
A note on the language used.
It is deliberately judgemental in places, and open to interpretation – what “authentic online” means to one person, will mean something else to another. Also we are open to changing the words and phrases – this was very much our first draft. The only bug at the moment is that we are limited to 20 characters – remember that when you make suggestions.
When you go to the tool you are asked to use words or phrases that describe how you see your digital identity.
- Select up to six words or statements.
- You will then be presented with a grid based on the “Johari window”. At this stage your selected words or phrases will appear in the “Façade” or “known to self” box.
- At the bottom of the page there is a link for you to copy and send to peers and colleagues (we suggest 4 or 5 people you interact with online).
- Save the link so you can revisit it later. When they access the link it will ask them to describe your digital identity. The words they add that you didn’t chose will be included in the “Blind Spot” or “not known to self”. The top left box is the “Arena” where the words you have chosen match how others describe you.
- The final box contains the words and phrases from the tool that neither you nor people describing you have used.
- When everyone as completed revisit the link you have saved where you will be presented with the full grid.
- You can export it as a word document. At this stage use it as an artefact for reflection and development.
Remember this is not a diagnostic tool, it is for reflection.