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August 17, 2006


David Tebbutt

Investigate Graham Sadd's work. He's at PAOGA - the aim is to provide people with a safety deposit box for their identities. Note the plural.

If I may be so bold, I'd suggest that you merge your use of 'role' and 'identity'. Then you can comfortably live with multiple identities according to what you're doing at the time.

And, thinking about it as I write, substitute 'personality' where you've used 'identity'. Then your personality is the thing that shows through regardless of role or identity.

I don't think this is just semantics. It's a way of living comfortably with the apparent paradoxes.

On teblog, I am as close to 'me' as I can be but it is only my communication interests. On thinkerlog, I am a software person. My personal life - husband, father, grandfather appears nowhere online, yet it's a goodly (and wonderful) part of my life. I do have other online presences, some of which do not even reveal my identity, although a textual analysis might reveal my hand.

It was the same with my father - he had four main identities: at work he was a designer, at home he was a husband, father, grandfather, he was also a scoutmaster and he invented aids for disabled people. Four communities saw him four different ways.

Returning to Graham Sadd and PAOGA, he is clearer on this topic than I'll ever be. His game is to give us somewhere to store all our identities, along with the essential baggage that accompanies each one: cvs, tax codes, addresses - personal data that we manage and reveal according to our desires and the needs of the person enquiring. Always under our control and with a useful audit trail for all enquiries.

I have no interest in PAOGA other than as a journalist writing about it, by the way.

Paul Baker

David is right on target with the idea of multiple identities. I too am one who feeds and nurtures multiple blogs; one for work-related subjects, one for a music radio program I host; and a third underway. Each serves as a portal to a different set of friends. In addition, I consider my blogs teachers. I learn from my blogging not only the content that interests me but new techniques for communicating and navigating (thanks to people like yourself).

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