All of us (even those, that are not such prominent bloggers as me) have some some sort of presence on the web. And usually this presence is fragmented into many disoriented little pieces of personality. Now I am not talking about people having fake profiles on social networks, so that they can poke and have fun at others. I am talking about different aspects of the “real” us.
Me for example, I have this blog personality, which talks about things that reflect my interest in the web, and other techno-related stuff.
I have a facebook personality which is concerned mostly with keeping in touch with people that I have met abroad (mostly while visiting Ireland last august, where I first heard about facebook. It was before the facebook hype caught up with Israel). This facebook personality is somewhat related to the blog personality, because both speak mostly English, try to be funny and interesting (and fail) and have a long geographical distance to their “audience”.
Another web personality I have, publishes infrequently stories and songs, written mostly in Russian on a large Russian resource Samizdat.
This personality speaks Russian, is mostly interested in hearing positive reviews of his work from his peers, and sometimes reads others’ works, and leaves comments.
Additional personality is the dating one. This one has almost identical profiles in large Israeli dating sites, it speaks Hebrew and Russian, and is preoccupied with charming women. It is maybe the most “whole” personality because it is the one that feels the most “real”, daily me.
So all those personalities (and a horde of smaller and less important ones) live an independent and unrelated lives. The question is, shouldn’t be some way to bring them together, and make your web personality wholesome? I am talking about some technological solution that lets you reflect the many you’s in a consistent way.
Of course privacy issues is maybe the biggest problem. Do you really want to put all of your eggs in one basket? One password to protect all of your personal data? Probably not.
Maybe the solution is simply having facebook application for each personality, and have facebook become the solution that brings it all together?
Maybe. Anyway I was just thinking out loud.