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A super typhoon that destroyed entire towns across the Philippines is believed to have killed more than 10,000 people, authorities said on Sunday, which would make it the country’s deadliest recorded natural disaster.

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Eight Hilarious IKEA Memes

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After 25 years working in sustainability, Steve Howard made a surprising move: he went to work for IKEA. In today’s talk, he explains why by giving a sense of just how far IKEA is going to make sure it has a positive environmental impact. [ted_talkteaser id=1850]“Sustainability’s gone from a ‘nice-to-do’ to a ‘must-do,’” says Howard in this bold talk. “It’s about what we do right here, right now, and for the rest of our working lives.”

Many companies have sustainability goals. But IKEA’s are quite radical. By 2016, the assemble-it-yourself furniture megastore — which is so much a part of our lives — will only stock LED bulbs. By 2020, IKEA stores will produce more energy than they use.

IKEA, what with its Swedish meatballs, is a part of the cultural conversation in a way few brands are. So could their sustainability efforts push the needle for…

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The Community Pool is for those of you looking for input, whether on post ideas, writing, blog design and layout, or anything else. If you have a post, page, or idea you want to bounce off someone, leave a comment. Your fellow bloggers can then click through and offer input either on your site, or in the comments here (feel free to indicate which you’d prefer).

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Should You Let the Cats Out of the Bag? Blogging About Family and Friends

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Once upon a time, I featured a post on Freshly Pressed  in which the author spoke very frankly about her family and their differences. I assumed that since it had been published it was fair game, and she was thrilled to be chosen…

…until her blog attracted more traffic, including family members who didn’t appreciate the notoriety (or who hadn’t realized she was writing about them at all). She asked to have the post removed, deleted much of her blog’s content, and had to patch up the remnants of some severely strained relationships.

It’s a gnarled question: where do you draw the line on what you share about family and friends in a medium that’s fundamentally about letting readers into your life?

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Constructing different online identities.

According Reid Hoffman in his article called Shape your identity or it will shape you. Mr. Hoffman defines identities as “Identity comes from choice; choice comes from identity. On a daily basis, the actions you take, the people you spend time with, and the principles you choose to defend will define your identity. Therefore, you should choose to construct an identity that signals to the world your core values and unique choices”. Therefore, identity is important because it helps us to know who we are and what we stand for in a given situation or society.
However, in these days where technology and social media have become part of people’s life, many people have used it as the tools to construct online identities through social networking services. According to Duhe (2007, p.52) The affordance of social networking services which enables its users to be user generated content where they can communicate virtually with their peers group or making new friends, creating a content, sharing links of music, video, participate in the online community groups discussion. The affordances of social media have given unique freedom for many people to create their own identities.
In the article from Livingstone (2008) conducted small scale interview study of teenage social networking use. Starts with a description of social concern about it  “it is commonly held that at best, social networking is time-wasting and socially isolating, and at worst it allows paedophiles to groom children in their bedroom or sees teenagers lured into suicide pacts while parents think they are doing their homework.” She concentrates on teenager’s use of the internet. So it could fit into a uses and gratifications model of research, although I don’t know that Livingstone herself would agree. Hence, Her comments on the differences between young and older teenagers, Facebook and MySpace users the key difference seems to be in self-actualisation which I think kind of like identity construction and development of ideas as to the development of self/identity. In conclusion she says “Selves are constituted through interaction with others and, for today’s teenagers, self actualization increasingly includes a careful negotiation between the opportunities for identity, intimacy, sociability and risks regarding privacy, misunderstanding, abuse afforded by internet-mediated communication.” Livingstone describes the actuality of self formation and actualization, a much more personalised interaction potential.

Here is the video of how a facebook user constructs her identities online.

From the example above, it is clearly that she constructs her online identity as a Rutgers college student through her cover photo, her interest and her status. Additionally she outlines herself as part of one community and social. Therefore it can be said that she construct her identity as what Livingstone mentioned in the reading.

This is another example of how people construct online identity through LinkedIn.

This profile shows different identities of him comparing to facebook user above. In LinkedIn profile he appears to be more sophisticated and professional by giving resume of education, work experience, user can also share information by publishing their own writing and people can endorse your skills and expertise. Obviously LinkedIn help users to reach wider networking and each day learn more about information in their expertise area.

Hence, to some extend it can be said that Livingstone idea of “Selves are constituted through interaction with others and, for today’s teenagers, self actualization increasingly includes a careful negotiation between the opportunities for identity, intimacy, sociability and risks regarding privacy, misunderstanding, abuse afforded by internet-mediated communication” is valid for users who construct their identity through social media such as facebook. However, the presence of LinkedIn has proven that people can reach wider network and gain more knowledge through construct online identities.

Reference List

Duhe, C. S. (2007). New media and Public Relations.

Youtube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRK1aOmMr7g, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR9r9mqEZVU

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