Jeff’s emphasis in class today on managing your online presence reminded me of a tool I saw recently for aggregating your web identity elegantly and easily. From Lifehacker:
Flavors.me is intended to act as a splash page for your virtual identity, routing viewers towards the aspects of your online persona you want to share. You can pull from over a dozen services including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn, Tumbl.r, Last.fm and more.
Click through to Lifehacker’s coverage to see a video of how easy it is to set up, or see some examples of how people are using it at the directory section. Most current users seem to be graphic designers, artists, or consultants of some type, and you could argue that it may not be appropriate for an academic presence, but since the design and layout is up to you, I don’t see why it couldn’t be useful for the more “serious” types.
On the other hand, academia honors and even requires publication of all types, but companies competing for very thin margins in a global economy are less likely to value the benefits of putting lots of information out there. This is part of the reason why I haven’t used this service or others, and why I’m still deciding whether this blog will develop beyond the scope of GRAD 602. I’m still exploring the balance between the democratic ideals of open access science and the capitalistic constraints on intellectual property.