Visitor-Resident Typology: Mapping My Use of Technology

This exercise proved to be more challenging than anticipated. It really forced me to reflect, for the first time, on how, when, and why I use these tools. I was quite surprised by the Visitor side of my continuum as I would have expected more of a balanced map. In saying that, I am quite private and decided a while ago to leave Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You’ll notice that I used triangular shapes to identify tools that are actively moving towards Resident as my usage changes in this program.

While I marked Spotify as Visitor/Personal, it was an anomaly for me. When considering my usage, I identified two areas in which my behaviour diverged: music and podcasts. While my interaction with podcasts is task-oriented, in the past I have shared, followed, and engaged with music on a different level. This flagged outlier made me question whether I labelled it correctly and whether someone could be both a visitor and a resident within the same platform? Could this be part of the “context collapse” described by White and LeCronu? (2011)



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

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