the universal ipad – Why?

I went to a conference in February armed with a laptop, only to find that the majority of people there had an iPad or iPad 2. I was astounded. It made me think, why do all these people want an iPad? Is it a fad? Are they playing games and checking their email instead of listening to the speakers? What IS the pull?

After a couple of days, I started to understand more. There I was trying to find a power supply, booting up the laptop, logging in, etc; whilst the “ipadders” flipped open the cover and away they went.

I HAD to have one…

So, approximately six weeks later mine arrived. I’ve never looked back.

There is always something new to download that is interesting; be it an ebook, app, music, video or podcast. It supports me in just about every facet of my life. I have recipe books, fictional books, games for my children, TV series that I like, email, internet, my favourite tunes, educational material, all rolled into one neat little 24cm x 18cm package.

I find something new every day and I learn something new every day; either by myself, or in discussions with other people. Hence the Universal iPad.

To what degree do you see yourself playing different ‘roles’ on the Internet?

Employee, Administrator, Student, Social Convener, Friend, Family member, Mother. These are all the roles that I play on the Internet. Some of these overlap and some of them don’t. I feel that this is based around rules that we make for ourselves and must self govern. I myself will allow co-workers to add me as a Facebook friend, but they are restricted to only see certain areas of my Facebook profile. To me, this is acceptable, but to someone else it might not be. Everyone has to decide this for themselves.

This is really the only blurred line I have. My twitter account is a variation of my maiden name; so only those people that I have given my twitter name too, know that the account is mine. I have a variety of blogs; some of which have been created for professional purposes and some for personal. Again, none of these overlap in regards to content or profile information. There is nothing within them that could provide insight as to who I am in these two different worlds.

My professional name in real life has also been different up until this year. I finally (after nine years of marriage) decided to change my surname to my married name at work. Yet, outside of my professional life, I have used my married name since the date of my wedding.

We will see how this will affect my professional/personal divide over time. I’m sure it will; but what I’m not sure of, is whether or not it will happen willingly.