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Who is my network? For this exercise, I used the “visitor-resident map” that I created using White’s “visitor-resident typology mapping process” (2013) as a starting point to create my network map. Next, I used Kumo to create my network map. I divided my network into four main categories: family, friends, work, and Royal Roads University (RRU). Within each category, I added the groups that I have direct contact with or that I am a member of the community, network, or group. My first category is my family, which I connect with through WhatsApp. I am part of several close and extended family groups that can vary from 10 to 250 people. My second category is my friends which I also connect with through WhatsApp. This group is smaller than my family group, and my contact with them is one-on-one through chat or video call. My third category is my work, represented by the different interactions I have with the groups, networks, or communities of which I am a member. My work network includes my department and MS Teams to represent other groups and networks within my institution. I have also included the provincial College Libraries network as a general node to represent my connections to that community and some groups. Finally, I have added RRU as the part of my network that my professors and my program cohort represent.
Using LinkedIn to cultivate my online identity is part of my digital identity and digital presence plan. For this reason, I have also added LinkedIn as a node connecting to my work, friends, and RRU. I am just starting to build my profile and invite friends, colleagues, and peers of my cohort to be part of my network, so this node represents a network in progress between the groups I envision adding to my LinkedIn profile.
White, D. (2013, September 13). Just the Mapping [Video]. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSK1Iw1XtwQ