Create, Cultivate and Reflect on Digital Presence: I just quit Instagram, but I’m joining Twitter?????

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The article “Who are you Online? Considering Issues of Web Identity” by Kelly Schryver asks the reader to consider our online presence. (Schryver, 2013) Overall, as my previous blog post indicated, I don’t contribute much in the form of a permanent imprint digitally based on the “Visitors and Residents: typology (White & Le Cornu, 2011).  The readings from unit 2 present an alternative view to my current opinion that is worth considering.

My notion of privacy is formed by a strict environment related to confidentiality. Very little information is shared or received and is kept closely guarded. The article by Boyd (2011) in our readings introduced me to the evolving concept of privacy where they stated “privacy is simply in a state of transition as people try to make sense of how to negotiate the structural transformations resulting from networked media” (Boyd, 2011). I found this interesting as I previously saw privacy as being a binary concept.  I now see that there is a spectrum evolving that is still in transition.

Again related to privacy, I have considered any work I do as a student or my students do as part of course work as also being binary: a specific project for a specific course and then that is the end of the process.  A quote from Watters in their article “The web we need to give our students” (2015) argues that allowing students to have their own domain allows students to “have much more say over what they present to the world, in terms of their public profiles, professional portfolios, and digital identities.” (Watters, 2015). In the 21st century, we live in a networked society (Rheingold, 2010). This means that our social connections will be at least in part in a digital space.  It is therefore important to reflect on the intention and cultivation of our digital presence.

What does all this mean for the development my own digital presence?  I need to lead by example if I expect my students to have a clear purpose for their digital presence and develop a personal cyberinfrastructure (Campbell, 2009). Given that it seems evident that much of the education technology community as well as the research community in my specific field of Medical Radiation Technology communicates online, particularly on Twitter, I want to create and grow my digital presence if I’m going to effectively network and grow in the direction of education technology.

Identified gaps for my goals

In life and online, I edit myself greatly. It is easy to be polished and poised due to editing capabilities online compared to in person where reactions are instantaneous. (Schryver, 2013). I overthink when and if to contribute online and consider multiple and often unrealistic responses to my contribution by way of catastrophic thinking (Psychology Today, 2011). My worldview is very suspicious of the motives of social media.  Our time, attention and freely shared personal data have become commodity for monetary gain for others, not us (Washington Post, 2018).

Strategies and approaches to address the identified gaps

    • Negative Self Talk-my end goal is to be in the Education Tech community, so need to get over myself. There is an upcoming session at RRU dealing with this exact topic and I have worked with resources on this topic before. It’s a work in progress
    • Be clear of my intention and use social media within that intention.
    • I need some sort of reminder of my goals to keep me motivated

Measure(s) of success

    • I deleted Instagram to free up time.
    • Create a Twitter account
    • Create meaningful posts, join the communities of note, participate regularly.
    • Reminder of my goals-don’t have a specific plan at this point.

The readings for Unit 2 have opened up possibilities for a more clear and purposeful digital presence. I realize not that there is a spectrum of privacy and I have control over what I share. Having a goal directed digital presence is a necessity if we expect the same from our students.


Boyd, D. (2011). Social Network Sites as Newtworked Publics: Affordance, Dynamics and Implications. In Z. Papacharissi, Networked Self: Identity, Community and Culture on Social Network Sites (pp. 39-58). New York, NY: Routledge.

Campbell, G. (2009). A Personal Cyberinfrastructure. EDUCAUSE Review, 44(5), 58-59.

Psychology Today. (2011, March 25). Catastrophic Thinking:

Rheingold, H. (2010). Attention, and Other 21st-Century Social Media Literacies. EDUCAUSE Review , 45 (5), 14-24. Educause Review.

Schryver, K. (2013). Who Are You Online? Considering Issues of Web Identity. The New York Times Company.

Washington Post. (2018, July 2). Silicon Valley Renegades Take on Tech Obsession. Retrieved from YouTube:

Watters, A. (2015, July 15). The Web We Need to Give Students. Bright Magazine.

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

6 thoughts on “Create, Cultivate and Reflect on Digital Presence: I just quit Instagram, but I’m joining Twitter?????

  1. I relate to quite a few of your thoughts and concerns around contributing online. The over-thinking and concern about motives is up there on my list of reasons to not post on Twitter. I’m interested in the privacy concept and how you plan to approach the privacy spectrum. I find it interesting how different people approach this, whether to keep accounts locked down or public; whether to post personal content or only work-related. How do you plan to align your new Twitter account within your own privacy spectrum?

    1. I’m resolving my privacy concerns by taking the viewpoint of my privacy is what I make it. That means that my Twitter is going to be specifically for professional purposes. In my personal experience people like it when a few personal details are shared on social media to seem more human. I’m not at that comfort level yet, but who knows where it goes from here?

  2. I used to struggle with keeping track of my goals, but now I use Google Calendar to remind myself and set my own deadlines. For example, I needed to write an online presence plan for this course, so i set it as event in google calendar for today. If i haven’t completed what I planned to do, I move it to another date. It’s not always effective, but it helps me plan my day/week and allows me to see a bigger picture

  3. Good plan! I’m still more on a paper planner-Too many things on my digital calendar somehow stresses me out more than seeing it on paper.

  4. Thank you for sharing your reflection, Shelley. I have quite social media years ago due to privacy concerns and the amount of time spent on social media. As I step back into social media to cultivate my new budding digital presence, I think it is important to have a clear intention of what it is that I want to share and stay within that intention, as you mentioned.

    1. Thanks for the comment Vanessa! Looking forward to your ideas on how you will be using social media in your digital presence.

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