The map below represents much of my internet usage, using the Visitor-Resident Typology introduced by White, D. & Le Cornu, A. (2011). I began by having my squares span a greater space, as illustrated by White (2013) in his YouTube video, but soon discovered that this would result in unreadable map that would not effectively tell a visual story. I chose to revise my design towards the style of a quadrant chart, or a scatter plot with four sections.

Mapping my internet usage offered a few insights, though I already know I am not much of an online contributor. If you take a moment to view my chart, you’ll see that I am heavily weighted towards the Visitor side, and there is a strong separation between the personal and institutional space. I am wary of contributing due to its power to shape the way students, co-workers, employers, friends, and even strangers will perceive me. I want my contributions to the internet to be positive, without the potential to be misconstrued in the future. The downside is that this fear keeps me from contributing at all. It is also because I just don’t have the time.

View the interactive map on Whimsical (includes links and a colour legend)

Online usage map

Quadrant map of my online usage, based on the Visitor-Resident Typology.

References

White, D. S., & Le Cornu, A. (2011). View of Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9). https://firstmonday.org/article/view/3171/3049

White, D. (2013, September 13). Just the Mapping [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSK1Iw1XtwQ