Mapping my digital presence

This week was a deep dive into understanding my own digital presence as outlined by Dave White in his video (White, 2013) to shed some light on how much of my digital persona is ‘visitor’ (lurking, not effecting public space), and how much is ‘resident’ (deliberate content creation, contribution to the internet as a whole, leaving a trace). Beyond that, the second axis of ‘personal’ and ‘institutional’ helped to articulate the reasons for choosing the digital space in which I participate.

I elected to break down that digital presence into categories based on digital publics (boyd, 2011): personal, my business, volunteer work, other projects, and my current work as an instructor. I used Leonardo (version 0.15.21) to create layers and to draw the areas of use. In retrospect, there are pieces missing (Skype, Google Hangouts, and others), but my main usages are mapped.

I was surprised to the extent that I’m performing digitally in the resident/institutional realm – this was a much deeper set of layers than anticipated. The big ‘aha’ was around my servitude to email.

I may yet make this into a gif, but the images are as follows:

graphic of my digital personal use of the internet. Most pieces fall into what might be considered 'private' aside from my patterns, facebook and instagram accounts
Personal use
Digital use of the internet showing that much of my business use falls into the public for business area
My business, Insightful Ink
Addition of my volunteer work to the digital presence diagram showing that most of what I do here is on flickr and building websites
Addition of my volunteer work
Digital presence diagram illustrating that my Music Festival work involves a lot of collaborative tools, film making and Moodle building
Addition of my Music Festival work
My digital presence map adding my work as an instructor - Moodle, website management and work, and as always...more email.
The final layer of my work as an instructor



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.

Henning, Tegan. (2019). Leonardo [Computer Software]. Retrieved from

White, Dave (2013). Just the Mapping. Retrieved from  April 24, 2019.

One thought on “Mapping my digital presence”

  1. Hi Lisa,

    I love the layered approach. I’m curious, did you find the continuum too constraining ‘as is’? Is that why you chose to include several layers?
    I would have included layers myself, if I would have though of it. I felt myself wishing for a third axis that dealt with aptitude when completing this activity. For instance, when I went to plot my use of Google-docs, a tool I decidedly use exclusively for it’s function; I wondered exactly where on the left side it was appropriate to plot. The you-tube video you referenced utteres a pretty simplified version of the typology, however in White and Le Cornu’s article, referenced below, they include a more complete depiction of the visitor-resident continuum. I wondered if by including google docs on the far left, did this imply that I was also apt with this particular tool? Or should it be moved inward on the spectrum, to indicate where my aptitude with this tool may be lacking, and therefor deserving of a smaller sliver of the visitor axis.
    Thanks for sharing your map!

    White, D. S., & Le Cornu, A. (2011). Visitors and residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9).

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