I feel that I spend a lot of time on the computer working on one thing or another. Reading the article Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement by David S. White and Alison Le Cornu, I became curious to whether I was a resident or a visitor online, I suspected my map would indicate that I am a visitor. My map contains the online locations that I use regularly, assigning each one a different colour. I placed each box on the map by considering how I use that site, whether I go there to talk to others or go there to find something. I also considered how much I leave behind when I am inactive on the site. While creating my map, I had to remind myself of White’s definition of tool and place “‘Tool’ is functional …. ‘Place’, on the other hand, is social” (White & Le Cornu, 2011, para. 16), by thinking of each site as a tool or a place, I was able to put them in the appropriate location on the map. As I expected, my map indicates that I am more of a visitor online than a resident.
White, D., & Le Cornu, A. (2011). Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9). doi:https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v16i9.3171