Who knows you better?

Have you ever thought who you are?…I mean: who are you online. What kind of reputation you have online? Have you tried to google yourself? How many times? what did you find?

Recent research highlighted that social media, nowadays, considered the first place your future employer is looking to find out who you are. In that sense, are you a party animal? opps that nasty picture from Jason’s Birthday Party does not look great…Do you volunteer? How do you spend your free time? Believe it or not, Google might know stuff about you more than your mother knows.. Google knows your habits, food preferences, your usual routes, your favorites sport, and so forth.
The other day, our friends, older couple who belongs to the tech immigration generation, told me in a proud that they leave their mobile phone in the living room when they go to sleep. Believing that this is how they have a control over the apps’ monitorings of their lifestyle. I did not want to further discuss: what the apps would be interested in the monitor while they are sleeping? meanwhile, the mobile phone is monitoring your online research habits all day (which that is the most important things for marketing researches purposes. ie. They want to figure a way to sell you more stuff and how to sell you these stuff in the first place). I just asked quietly: No need, because the credit cards company already know everything about you: what to eat, where you eat, where you travel, what do you buy? are you a careful spender? are you married? Are you cheating on your wife?
I just remembered this ad: what is in your wallet? Nowadays there is no need to ask you. They know more than your spouse do…. mmmm, Maybe I should ask them about my husband’s spending habits ..

                                                      Dubai, Marina from the Sea.

using social media needs information literacy skills

information literacy is not only about using the new medias (social media) to communicate with the world. the skills for using these tools are called technology skills, but what about the content? and how to sue these tools? and what are the purposes these tools can serve? we cannot just through these tools in the hands of people and saying.. these are the brand new wave in technology, r u using it? for example, when facebook starts to show up as a trending tool in the internet, a lot of people would ask their friends: r u on FB? nowadays they just assume you are on FB…

there are of issues related to using the social media (twitter, FB, etc), such as, being cool, being trend, being westernized (for the arab world), being hip hop, belong to the new generation..and so forth…but the main important and critical issue is : how to use them and for what reasons?

and that what information literacy about.. it is about the skills that individual acquire in order to be able to know what kind of information he or she should communicate with a certain social media. when and how to communicate these information. each tool has its own protocol and culture that should be taught and made it clear to users…
 for example u cannot write an article and publish it on twitter. twitter is made to communicate one sentence at a time..writing article needs more than one sentence, that is why there are blogs…
when i follow some twitter-articles i feel lost. i cannot understand what the person wants to say unless i have to keep scrolling. and at the same time, i would miss what other would tweet..going back to check the others’ tweet, it would be a time and effort consuming, and twitter is made to be used to communicate ideas in the rushing modes of the new societies….

do people really read the manual that would come with the the social media?