Friday, January 16, 2009
Finding oneself online.
If you have noticed, there's a new widget in my blog and I am very pleased with it. A widget is the general term for an item that someone else provides for you to embed in a web page, and my new toy is from widgetbox - a kitten.
I just love to pimp my page, and put fancy stuff in it. It is odd, addictive and may well be very important. Or perhaps not - it is too much fun to care for the moment.
Tinkering on my pc had been fun for me. I love posting photos and videos and music in a variety of sites I have an account with. Although of course, there are only a few of the places I'm currently hanging out online. Still I continue to get two or three friend requests a day from almost everyone of my friends who had signed up in Myspace, Facebook, Zorpia, Hi5, Flixter, etc.
I'm not in Friendster, although I also check on it via my son's account to see how younger people are using it. I also have a Bebo profile I rarely visit, a LiveJournal account I never update, and I seem to recall signing up with Chatango last year.
It isn't easy keeping it all in sync, and sometimes I'm not quite sure what I'm doing. However it is clear to me that the nature of my engagement with the online world is changing in a very significant way.
I rarely talk about my personal life, and reveal few details of my family or close relationships.
Now that is changing.
With my blogs (Boysie had lured me into this, and I am loving it!), my location, my friendships and my opinions all online to be read and remembered, there's little of me left to expose. Yes, those of us with cheap easy access to computers and the internet are increasingly living our lives online.
Should I be frightened? I don't think so.
So as I spread myself around over the network, updating my Plaxo profile, commenting on Bebo, flying through IMVU, blogging, chatting, updating my calendar and posting photos and audio I am finding a new way to be Odette.
I wonder what she will be?