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Tom Austin
VP & Gartner Fellow
20 years at Gartner
41 years IT industry

Tom Austin, VP, has been a Gartner Fellow since 1997. He drives Gartner's research content incubator (the Maverick Program) and is leading a new research community creating research on the emerging era of smart machines. Read Full Bio

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How does your digital self reflect your personal self?

by Tom Austin  |  March 22, 2012  |  Comments Off

I’m at the Adobe Summit in Salt Lake City, listening to Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter) talking about his digital self and I’m realizing I’m somewhat conflicted about the basic question: does my digital self, as reflected on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Linked-in and a host of other much smaller sites reflect me as a person?

To what extent can it? How should I separate my personal and professional? Will my professional followers, for example, on Twitter, understand my personal Tweets?

Is it possible to maintain enough separation between personnae so they don’t get confused yet not have so large a gulf that your digital self no longer reflects your personal self?

How do you deal with this?



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