Online identity proposal
The person I will observe is Noam Chomsky. He is an American linguist, philosopher, social critic, and political activist (Chomsky, 2014). He is universally referred to as the father of modern linguistics (Chomsky, 2014). The large followers that Noam Chomsky has across all the social media sites qualify him as an example of professional online presence. He has a professional photo for all his social media platforms. The photo is the same in all the sites. The content that Noam shares with his followers is purely professional and is related to linguistics or politics.
Noam is always consistent in delivering material online for his followers to benefit from them. He engages all his mass followers equally without any bias or favor. He mainly uses Facebook and Twitter (Chomsky, 2014). On Facebook, he has millions of likes on his page and on Twitter he has the similar number of followers. On both sites, the materials shared are about his works and partially about politics. There is no any form of advertising products that are not related to linguistics on his page on Facebook and his Twitter handle.
Noam usually has question and answer sessions where his followers get an opportunity to ask him questions regarding his works and political situation in the country. During these sessions, Noam personally answers the questions and gives his followers advice on personal difficulties that are linguistic-based. He uses these sessions to get to know what his followers feel about him and this helps him in adjusting his posts and deliver what is really needed by his followers and supporters of his work. Noam realized that the most effective way to reach and impact his followers is through online platforms especially the current popular social media platforms. This is due to the technological advanced world (Madden, 2007).
I will collect both qualitative and quantitative data on all the sites that Noam uses. The qualitative data will be the number of individuals that follow him and people who respond to the posts and like his posts. In the case of Twitter, I will collect data on the number of retweets of his original tweets. I will collect data on all the sites with the help of Microsoft Excel software. The software will help me in recording and storing the collected data.
I will form special columns in the software to record the specific information that it represents. Data received from Facebook will be recorded independently from the data collected from Twitter. They will have different representation to show the distinct nature of the two sites that Noam is mostly active on. Analysis will be based on the impact that the posts or tweets have on his followers.
The impact can be seen from the number of replies that he has. I will scrutinize all the positive and negative comments to see the degree in which Noam is appreciated by the followers that he has in the social media sites. I will observe whether it is the political posts or his linguistic posts that have a trending effect on the sites. In the case of Twitter, the number of retweets per tweet shall be recorded and also the nature of the tweet recorded. This is to differentiate the topics he is very effective in getting to the public.
The second person that I will observe is an Australian educator and philosopher called David John Chalmers (Chalmers, 2002). He mainly focuses on the philosophy of the mind and language (Chalmers, 2002). Just like Noam, David qualifies for the professional online presence due to his large followings in the social media sites like Facebook, twitter, and LinkedIn. He uses these sites to offer teachings and guidance to his online students. This is a term that he uses to refer to his followers.
Data collection for David will be just the same as the one that was mentioned for Noam Chomsky. The recording of the data will be independent since the two have different online audience and actually have different content from each other. Only data collection will be the same but recording different.
Chalmers, D. (2002). Does conceivability entail possibility?. Conceivability and possibility, 145-200.
Chomsky, N. (2014). Aspects of the Theory of Syntax (Vol. 11). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Madden, M. (2007). Digital Footprints: Online identity management and search in the age of transparency. Washington, DC: Pew Internet & American Life Project.