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Online Identity Management: Platforms & Profiles


Below are some examples of academics on the following platforms:

A social networking site is not an open access repository

Here are several different platforms to help establish your professional identity online.

Review a site for:

  • Stability
  • Interoperability/index-ability
  • The fine print, control of your data
  • Reports and analytics
Profile Platforms Cost Purpose Caveats Free allows you to create a public profile and personal webpage while also keeping all of your personal online identity links in one place. Completely free and is simple to use but is only a landing page that directs to other social networking profiles Free is a free blog web hosting service that allows your to track your popularity and that can be connected to other social networking websites. Will transfer blog from previous platform over for you, steeper learning curve than other blogging sites and upgrades available for a fee
Blogger Free Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows you to share your thoughts with the world and can also double as a personal webpage. A Google service that integrates Analytics access, custom domain name available for a fee
Weebly Free (basic) Weebly is a simple website builder.  
Google Scholar Free The Google Scholar profile is public and allows you to track the number of citations to your articles and calculate your citation metrics. Anyone can see the number of times your work has been cited as well as the scores assigned to it
LinkedIn Free (basic) LinkedIn is a social networking tool for professionals that is especially useful for promoting your image and finding out about potential employers/employees. Premium accounts available for a fee, the cheapest starting at $19.95/month

Free (for individual researchers)

ORCID is an cross-disciplinary service that creates and maintains a registry of unique researcher identifiers and then links research output to these identifiers. Different membership/subscription fees for organizations
ResearchGate Free ResearchGate is a social networking tool for scientists and researchers that provides the opportunity to connect and collaborate, make your research visible, and obtain stats and metrics. Very interactive, oriented towards collaboration and discovery Free The purpose of is to allow academics to share their research, monitor the impact of their research, and track the research of other academics they follow. Has one of the largest membership bases