Exploring My Digital Identity

Happy first week of DigPINS! I am very much out of my comfort zone when blogging so bear with me. Writing does not come very naturally to me, but I wanted to challenge myself with this. Enjoy my thoughts about week one!

I am excited to explore Twitter. Up until now, I’ve had a personal account that I occasionally tweet on, but I have not thought of Twitter as a place to connect for pedagogy. I’m interested in discovering this side of Twitter. The handout by Laura Gogia also made me realize I’ve been using Twitter incorrectly. Instead of checking Twitter periodically throughout the day, I check it maybe once of week which is probably why I haven’t gotten the most out of my Twitter experience.

I found the Visitor-Resident map very interesting to create. What I found surprising is how many digital resources I regularly use. I was happy to see that I am more of a visitor on most sites versus a resident. I would prefer to leave a smaller footprint on the website versus a larger one.

My personal VR map

When I was watching the videos on mapping, it bothered me that David White kept referring to resident as the one that leaves a footprint after you log off and visitor does not. I understand what he meant by that, but it is important to note that everything we do on the website leaves a footprint whether we like it or not. One example of this is when we get ads of something we have recently searched. This data might not be visible to the general public, but it is visible to a few. What we do on the web is always somewhat trackable.

(4) Comments

  1. Andrew

    Annicka, your words about the footprint we leave is very insightful.
    My map looks like a few cacti in the dessert
    but I realize, after seeing yours, that it probably is more of a forest than I thought.

  2. Susan Ashley

    Nice Map! This shows where you stand at this point in your life and your relationship with technology. I found it interesting that you feel you were using Twitter wrong. I think we all make choices on how we use our social media sites, so it will be interesting to see how you feel about changing your Twitter “checking” to a more active role.

  3. Autumm Caines

    “What we do on the web is always somewhat trackable”

    This is an important point you make here Annicka. It is easy to forget sometimes that the V&R mapping process was created back in 2011 – While we knew back then that the tools on the web were tracking us people did not give it as much thought and there was much more trust in these tools. In recent years we have come to see what is possible with all of these data and that there are implications on both an individual level and societal level.

  4. Shan Bryan-Hanson

    Great drawing! Love that you included the weather and banking apps. I use mine all the time and didn’t think to include them in my first map. It’s amazing how vast our digital footprints really are.

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