Can’t get enough of that Web 2.0 Kool-Aid….Or was it Tang?

As a follow-up to Nicole Guerra’s post from this past weekend
on Web 2.0, I thought I’d direct your attention to a blog I posted today on the
Pew Internet and American Life Project’s website. In wake of last week’s launch
of OpenSocial by Google, I felt compelled to comment on the growing pressure to
be “social” online and have a virtual identity.

This idea of identity in the online world is one of growing
importance and branches across many subjects, including privacy, economics and
cultural studies, among others. For me personally, this is an important topic
because I am finding myself more deeply immersed in the social aspects of the
Web with each passing day. Oh yeah, and because I’m writing my thesis on virtual identities.

So check it out, and I’d love to hear your feedback.

Jessica Vitak, a 2008 graduate from CCT, is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Michigan State University in Media & information Studies. She spent six years in Washington, D.C. working as an editor for PR Newswire, the global leader in news distribution and monitoring services, and later as a research intern at the Pew Internet & American Life Project. At Pew, she coauthored two major reports on online privacy and teens' gaming habits. Her master's thesis at Georgetown looked at relationship formation and maintenance on the social networking site Facebook, as well as the potential relationship between online activities and offline consequences. She is continuing her focus on online communication technology at MSU.