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Revelations on the web- did I really say that? June 25, 2009

Posted by Edwin Ritter in Trends.
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Everything done on the web is a revelation. All the sites we visit and what we do there, reveals something. Sometimes we do it willingly, sometimes not. Even when we are part of the anonymous rabble and rolled into a trend aggregate, we still reveal something demographically. 

The web today requires that we do this. Social Media interactions is all about providing data about you. Getting engaged and involved within the viral community means sharing, communicating various bits and pieces about you. 

Email was an early way to reveal stuff on-line. You added  things at the end of your note beyond the basic contact information. For a long time, my email signature included a witty quote, a surprise bon mot, for the reader.  I have used different sayings on multiple sites and systems.  It is just one way to convey who I am. Get the recipient to pause for a second and reflect on the philosophical gems embedded in those few short words. It provides a way to project, or insert, a part of my personality.  Quotes I have used in the past include :

  1. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
  2. Change is inevitable; *growth* is optional.
  3. Never mistake motion for action. (my current phrase and longtime favorite)

Each one a priceless pearl and an attempt  to reveal something of import in a brief verse. Kind like a early, yet, static tweet.

Adding a thoughtful message goes beyond email. It extends to Social Media also. Your digital profile on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn may be the same. Or, it may be intentionally different. You can choose a multi-faceted presence and each one reveals something about you.

Our persona can vary based on who we interact with and what we want to reveal about ourselves.What does your email signature say? Do you use humor or present a strictly professional message? Do you reference something from your past with family and friends? 

For myself, the biggest revelation is to be consistent both on-line and in the real world. Are you surprised or did you know that already?