#dchat recap & tonight's topic: Designing you online

It's Tuesday, which means it's #dchat day. We hope you're as excited as we are. (Photo by Flickr user Thomas Anderson)

Last week's chat was lively and jumped around, as conversations are wont to do on Twitter. We started with an open question on the future of the press release and whether it was in need of a re-design. Then we jumped to science fiction writing, the symbiotic relationship between design and storytelling, and we even told some four-word stories.

I'll be your host again this week, and the topic will be designing you online. As the Web continues to embed itself deeper into our lives, designing and owning your identity online is becoming increasingly important. How do you do it? Do you start on social media, or should you establish your own domain name? If so, what's the best way to go about it? Should you go about it at all? I'll be looking for answers as much as I am able to provide any. I'll also be looking for people to share their favorite platforms and lessons learned in designing their online identity. How can you leverage the five-stage design thinking process in establishing your online identity? Here's the question we'll be leading off with:

Where would you start your empathy interviews to begin designing your online identity?

Would you start with family, friends, co-workers or perfect strangers? What would you ask them? Would you begin at this stage in the design-thinking process, or would you skip to rapid prototyping?

Okay, there's plenty to discuss tonight. Here's our recap of last week. This is by no means comprehensive. We're just covering some of the highlights:

Thanks to those who kicked us off before 6pm!

https://twitter.com/AlcinoeSea/status/400369459128303616

https://twitter.com/AlcinoeSea/status/400369070979043328

https://twitter.com/JasmineYKent/status/400441827418841088

Then we were up and running!

https://twitter.com/stanforddschool/status/400443589991624704

https://twitter.com/plunks/status/400445678624591872

https://twitter.com/JasmineYKent/status/400445756865146880

https://twitter.com/plunks/status/400446689829322752

https://twitter.com/scott_dubois/status/400447135641923584

https://twitter.com/plunks/status/400449369981194240

https://twitter.com/plunks/status/400450474026872832

https://twitter.com/JasmineYKent/status/400460154765713408

https://twitter.com/emikolawole/status/400450661428764672

https://twitter.com/buckhouse/status/400451382714445824

https://twitter.com/JasmineYKent/status/400450325162627072

https://twitter.com/buckhouse/status/400451980801236992

We also had a call for four-word stories:

https://twitter.com/JasmineYKent/status/400455589806878720

https://twitter.com/emikolawole/status/400460508429844480

Here's an interesting tangent on the role of four-word stories in a marketing campaign...

And then, it was time to go!

https://twitter.com/emikolawole/status/400461483936866305

Okay, almost ...

https://twitter.com/emikolawole/status/400460508429844480

https://twitter.com/JasmineYKent/status/400461102602911745

Thanks to everyone who joined us last week, and we look forward to seeing you tonight!