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Not just for spies: managing multiple identities for fun and profit

Liffers, M. (2011) Not just for spies: managing multiple identities for fun and profit. In: ALIA 5th New Librarians Symposium, 16 - 18 September, Perth, Western Australia

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Social networking and media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are the primary communication tools used by many of our clients and colleagues. They provide an excellent opportunity for frank two-way communication. Like spies portrayed in popular movies and TV shows, many of us who use these sites daily do not want our personal and professional lives to collide. Some information professionals even choose to completely avoid social networking sites out of privacy concerns. Fortunately, maintaining the separation is not as difficult as it may seem. This paper highlights a variety of strategies and tools that can be used to manage distinct personal and professional online presences, without becoming subject to confusion, being terminated or having to tie up loose ends. Examples will be drawn from the author’s own online presence as well as some other real-life cases where mistakes were made but successfully navigated.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: Murdoch University Library
Publisher: Australian Library and Information Association
Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 3.0 Unported License
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