New research project: Managing identity & social groups across social networking sites

My latest research project builds on previous work about online identity management and seeks to further understand how active social media users manage their identity and social groups across multiple social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+).

We are looking for volunteers to participate in research interviews. Interviews will take about 30 minutes, and will be conducted via telephone or Skype.

Specifically, we are searching for individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Has graduated from college within the past two years OR
  • Is a social media consultant OR
  • Is an IT security professional


  • Is an active social media user – participates actively in 3 or more social networking sites

In exchange for your time, you will have a 1 in 10 chance to win $25 in cash, gift card, or donation to your preferred charity.

Interested in participating? Please contact me through this online form.

Do you know other people who may wish to participate? Please forward them the link to this post.

Thank you,
Dr. V

This project is supported by a research grant from Verisign, Inc. Co-PI: Gene Spafford – CERIAS, Purdue University

Plagiarism explained by Common Craft

Common Craft created a neat public service video that explains plagiarism. The video is done in characteristic Common Craft style: easy to understand, light, funny, but very clear. Embedding is not available for people who don’t have a membership, but please click through and watch:

The Common Craft Plagiarism video

I would not hesitate to show this in undergraduate – but maybe even in graduate courses.