Digital Identity Resources

Interested in improving your digital identity? Want to showcase your research, teaching and abilties online? Then you’ve come to the right place! I suggest starting off by learning what a digital identity is and some basic principles for managing your identity online.

Introductory Video:

Digital Identity Bootcamp Slides:

As part of the MSU Graduate School Digital Identity Bootcamp, there are dozens of tools we will be discussing and using. This page provides you with links to the resources and tools discussed in that bootcamp.

Major Digital Identity Tools

Social Networking

  • Twitter: micro-blogging tool that is great for networking, sharing work, and maintaining connections in only 140 characters
  • Facebook: social networking site that is increasingly used for education and professional websites
  • Instagram: social networking through photo (alert: by publishing photos you give Facebook a license to reuse them)
  • Periscope: social networking through video

Networking, CV and Research Sharing

  • LinkedIn: professional networking site that allows you to share your CV, connect with colleagues one on one and through groups, easily found through Google searches
  • academic networking and research sharing website, great for sharing articles (more humanities/social science based)
  • ResearchGate: academic networking and research sharing website, great for sharing articles (more science based)
  • ORCID: primary use is to give users unique online identifier, but also used for sharing CV information and research

Personal Website Tools

These tools allow you to easily create a professional personal website that can serve as a central location for other identities, teaching and research portfolios, and can be completely customized to fit your identity. This list is just a few, there are many more options available!

Analytical and Organizational Tool

Analytical Tools

Most social networking and blogging sites have their own analytics- these are extremely helpful for understanding what and how you are being recognized online. Use analytics to determine how many posts you should do per day, what the best times for posting are, how this varies by site, and how people are finding your work.

  • Klout: Non-associated tool for seeing analytics on various social media sites

Organizational Tools

  • Tweetdeck: organizes multiple Twitter accounts, hashtags and lists, allows for scheduled publishing
  • Hootsuite: similar to Tweetdeck, but requires payment and has more tools available to improve efficiency
  • Buffer: allows for centralization and scheduling of social media
  • IFTTT: allows you to create recipes that connect social media accounts
  • Evernote: organizes notes, Tweets, posts and social media
  • Tagboard: allows you to monitor use of a hashtag on multiple platforms
  • Topsy: monitors Twitter hashtags and analytics
  • Feedly: site for monitoring RSS/Blog/News feeds easily


Manage Your Digital Identity by GradHacker, Katy Meyers Emery

Branding, Not As Painful As You Think by GradHacker, Katy Meyers Emery

How to Tailor Your Online Image [For the Job Hunt] by Karen Kelsky

What Does Your Online Image Say About You [Infographic] by Microsoft

Look Good When You ‘ re Googled: Creating and Optimizing Your Digital Identity by Amanda Izenstark

Teacher’s Guide to Pinterest [Infographic] by World Wide Learn