Facebook & Google Are Doing Identity Wrong; Saw this & thought of @documentally

Identity Is Prismatic

“The portrait of identity online is often painted in black and white,” Poole said. “Who you are online is who you are offline.” That rosy view of identity is complemented with a similarly oversimplified view of anonymity. People think of anonymity as dark and chaotic, Poole said.

But human identity doesn’t work like that online or offline. We present ourselves differently in different contexts, and that’s key to our creativity and self-expression. “It’s not ‘who you share with,’ it’s ‘who you share as,'” Poole told us. “Identity is prismatic.”

Saw this intriguing post while in the air. An interesting take on how the large purveyors of identity are looking at the problem far too simply.

4chan’s Chris Poole: Facebook & Google Are Doing It Wrong