My Network

 

My digital presence is of medium size. I have so many accounts all over the place! My sharing and communicating online, is small, which actually made this exercise quite difficult!

I find that I can learn so much online, reading articles, reading the news, updates on how my friends are, and so much more. I find other peoples’ interests, interest me and I look into things more closely.”The spread of knowledge through a network closely resembles the spread of infection: learning is contagious”  (Kleinberg, 2007). For example, a friend of mine has become rather famous online due to her vegan posts. This made me curious to the options out there, as I have an allergy to milk. The more I read and learnt, the more disturbed I was by some of the practices out there. Especially when thinking about milk! My son also has an allergy to milk, so learning about the different substitutes available and baking that you can do, has been life changing for me.

I find I am joining more and more networking groups within online networking platforms. These groups are allowing me to grow professionally. “For a learner in a network, there is typically greater value to be found in diverse networks than in those that are self-similar. If a network consists of many different people with various skills and interests, then there is a far greater chance that someone in the network will have the skills and interests needed to assist with a particular learning goal” (Anderson, Dron, 2014, p. 155). I have been enjoying building my professional network, while I have actually reduced my personal network. I did a Facebook Friends purge, where I got rid of a whole bunch of people that I really don’t talk to. Why did I feel the need to have these people on my Facebook in the first place? We were never really friends, yet, it mattered! Maybe because we had so many mutual friends, maybe because I wanted to have a bigger friends number. As I have been focusing so much more on my professional network, I have realized, that I would like a smaller personal network. Something more manageable and controlled. Is that even possible when it comes to online?

My Network Mapping Breakdown:

I have broken down myself into the three versions of myself; professional, personal, and student. For my professional aspects, I have been looking to increase my online presence, making myself more available than ever before to clients, co-workers, and students. For my personal aspects, I have narrowed down my online usage, limited my personal information available online, and really looked at who has access to my information. For my student aspects, I have networked and made so many friends. I have also been a student for quite some time! I have been in some form of post-secondary since 2006! Once I finished a diploma, I kept on taking courses, moving on to my Degree, Professional Designation, Professional Development Certificates within the CPA, and my Masters.

If my map seems a bit chaotic, I think I have nailed this one on the head. My life is chaotic, that’s the truth. I have so much going on, but I love it. I love being busy, I love the rush, and I love knowing that I am accomplishing things.

 

References:

Kleinberg, J. M. (2007). Cascading behavior in networks: Algorithmic and economic issues. In N. Nisan, T. Roughgarden, E. Tardos, & V. Vazirani (Eds.), Algorithmic game theory (pp. 613-632). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Dron, J, & Andreson, T. (2014). Teaching Crowds. Athabasca University Press. Retrieved from http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120235

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