Using the Visitors and Residents paradigm by White & LeCornu (2011) and the mapping framework developed by White (2013), I have created a Visitor vs. Resident conceptual map that highlights my use of digital tools for both personal and professional use.
White & LeCornu (2011) define being a visitor as using a digital tool to perform a specific task. Once the task is complete, the individual ceases using the tool and does not use it again until it is required. They go on to define a resident as a person who lives within the digital setting, spending time with other individuals and building relationships.
From these definitions, A significant amount of reflection went into creating my map to determine my use of digital tools. Due to working in a higher education setting, some applications are used for personal and professional purposes, with purposes sometimes differing from being a digital resident to being a digital visitor.
The start of my studies at Royal Roads University has also brought on the use of new tools for professional purposes. While using WhatsApp, I am very much a visitor who only uses the application when needed. On Twitter, I am trying to build a network with my fellow classmates, professors and the institution of Royal Roads. I look at social media networks as a place to be a resident and build meaningful relationships and connections.
Although I have separate social media accounts for personal and professional uses, the profile settings are set to be public on my Instagram and Twitter accounts. Even though public profiles have the ability to be accessed by anyone with internet access, a very limited number of people are likely to view the profile (Boyd, 2011). With the ability of any individual accessing the page, I take the approach to keep all posts appropriate to the wide variety of people in my networks and beyond.
With this new knowledge of being a digital visitor and resident, I will continue to reflect on my uses of these digital tools to help build more purposeful uses in my personal and professional lives.
Boyd, D. (2011). Social network sites as networked publics: Affordances, dynamics, and implications. In Z. Papacharissi (Ed.), A Networked Self (pp. 39–58). New York, NY: Rutledge.
White, D. S., & LeCornu, A. (2011). Visitors and residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9).
White, D. S. (2013, September 13). Just the Mapping. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSK1Iw1XtwQ