For me online visibility fluctuates and changes from site to site. Information such as my email address and phone number, which can be found if you are a friend with me on Facebook, you won’t be able to find on my Tumblr blog, or Instagram page. This is partly because one these three “identities” I have online. These three identities are linked to different parts of social media. For example on Facebook and Twitter I take the role of a silent watcher, I like things, possibly retweet things but don’t really post my own content. Where as my Tumblr is filled with content, content I have created myself and content I reblog from other people, this is my more active online personality. But although on Tumblr I am more active, the intimation I share is less personal. I post photos I have taken, jokes I have thought of, feelings, ideas, everything like that, but my name is not attached to the blog in anyway, I think there is one photo of my face on there, and no one has access to my email or phone number. The third identity I have online is my past identity. I have 2 old Twitter accounts and one old Facebook account online. They are inactive and at least 5-6 years old. The content on them doesn’t reflect the person I am today. Whether that is the email I had at 14 which is no longer my email now, or the cringe worthy content I posted on them. But due to an inability to access them to delete them, they are out there for everyone to see what 14 year old me thought was cool at the time. These three identities all have different levels of visibility and what they make visible is different across the board.
I have control over my identity on Facebook and Tumblr, but I only have control over what they want me to control. And I don’t know how long I will have control over my visibility online. Much like my old Twitter and Facebook, that visibility isn’t controlled by me any longer.