In order for me to outline a plan for my future digital presence I first had to reflect upon my digital presence in the past. Looking back at my experience in the early days of Facebook, followed by Twitter, LinkedIn, and then Instagram. It’s clear to me that my involvement stemmed primarily from a sense of curiosity about the people who inhabited these virtual spaces with me. Specifically: Why did they choose a particular platform? What is it they do when they’re there? What did they ‘like’ or ‘comment’ on? Who did they follow? Which are all very interesting behaviours that I enjoyed observing and participating in, in varying degrees. (Hargittai & Walejko, 2008, para. 3). Ultimately, my interest and involvement typically began with a spike of activity, followed by a period of consistent engagement, ending in a slow decline over time as my curiosity was satisfied.
Now that I’m enrolled in the MALAT program, however, that curiosity has been awakened. As a result, I’m keen to experience social media platforms from the perspective of an educator who is interested in creating online learning solutions that engage learners while also, simultaneously immersing myself in the experience as a student in a blended learning program.
To that end, I intend to maintain my daily involvement with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram while increasing my activity on LinkedIn and also, researching other platforms to experiment with. One of the ways I intend to measure my effectiveness is by evaluating Twitter analytics more fully than I have in the past, such as: tweet impressions, top tweets, profile visits, and mentions.
Additionally, I plan to address gaps in my knowledge in the technical aspects of social media, as I continue building my WordPress site, while exploring other virtual spaces throughout the MALAT program, and beyond.
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