"e-methodology" 2015 


The Internet as a source of knowledge about an individual.

Getting to know one’s identity through social media platforms


Piotr Firych
Institute of Cultural Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

 Szamarzewskiego 89A, 60-568 Poznań, Poland
e-mail address: piotr.firych@amu.edu.pl



Due to its great impact on today’s communication, the multidimensional phenomena of social media has recently been among the most discussed topics related to manifesting one’s identity. In the proposed paper social networking platforms (and Facebook as currently their  most significant worldwide representation) are under close scrutiny. They are to be analyzed from the perspective of a researcher who needs to deal with the new internet environment and its constantly changing trends.

In general terms, the paper aims to bring a discussion about the extent social media such as Facebook might be treated as a valid source of knowledge. To do so, the point of departure in the paper is taken and primarily based on the existing literature in the field of online identity and new media.


Keywords: social media, Facebook, online identity, online research.


 DOI: 10.15503/emet2015.51.57

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