In Identity construction on Facebook, the authors talk us out of several stereotypical views we hold on the differences between online and offline identities. Identity is a social product rather than being restricted to defining an individual. Identity changes according to different situations and social environment. Online world intertwined with the offline world in many ways and we cannot say that they are separate worlds. Facebook as an online social media, for example, is a nonymous site where people demonstrate a mixed identity which is in between of the face-to-face interaction and anonymous online interaction.
I’m especially interested in the way the authors describe the Facebook identity – the “hoped-for possible selves.” People do have the desire to show more than tell and people are more influenced and impressed by showing rather than telling. I believe that this is also one of the reasons why nonymous social media like Facebook are successful. Although in anonymous online environment, there is more space for people to deviant and people could be less responsible for how they react and behave, the interaction in such environment wouldn’t affect their real life social life; whereas in Facebook and other nonymous social media sites, they could have some space to shape their own identity and at the same time, change and mould their offline face-to-face interaction with others.