As one of the first Twitter users, @Dick seemed like an appropriate handle. As you can imagine, now that Twitter is popular, the @reply noise from people commenting about ‘@Dick Clark’, ‘@Dick Cheney’, ‘@Tom @Dick & @Harry’ and numerous NSFW references to @dick has made it difficult to track true references to me. I’ve switched to using @Dick for my “personal” persona, and @DickHardt for my “professional” persona.
On the personal blogging front, I found myself sharing information on Facebook and Twitter rather than my Blame Canada blog, which has not seen an update for some time. I’m going to turn down that site at some point.
With professional changes afoot, I reevaluated my professional blog at Identity 2.0. The Web 2.0 meme seems so last decade, and with the changes to my Twitter handle, I decided a little professional re-branding was in order. The dickhardt.org domain was available, and Dick Hardt dot org captures the professional, community oriented brand I want to portray. Note that dickhardt.com is VERY NSFW.
I took one of my profile images and bit-fiddled to create the image you see above. To me, it illustrates a couple trends. The digital information about us continues to expand and the digital profile of who we are becoming more complete and accurate. The second trend is that more of who we are is becoming digital. Our online personas on Facebook, Twitter etc. are becoming an important part of how we present ourselves, and who other people think we are.
I hope you enjoy the new look and the upcoming dialogue. Welcome to a new decade.