Digital Identity and Digital Presence Plan

     After the enlightening experience of creating my digital typology map (White, 2011), I realized that most of my map was significantly busier in the Resident-Institutional side. I also had the opportunity to reflect on my personal online digital presence which it is mostly on the Visitor side and it could be considered as rich or as poor depending on who you ask, although I understand how many Social platforms function I have chosen not to be a part of them; personal privacy and public opinion are the two anchors that have held me down from getting myself more out there in a digital and social way, however, I recognize that “we need to expand our thinking of digital skills or information literacies to include social media literacies.” (Rheingold, 2010) and this program is already challenging me to face those fears and transform a huge personal weakness in hopefully a powerful strength.

     Since I provide tech support to a lot of people on a daily basis I am consistently keeping up with new trends, devices and technologies. Because of the skills that I have gained over the years I have a tendency to understand new technologies fairly quickly and to find a useful way to implement them in different environments. However, after joining this program and in such a short period of time, my opinions about some digital platforms have already changed, my interest on learning more about it has sparked and my digital social interactions have already grown within my cohort and will continue to do so.

      According to Rheingold (2010), “The technologies that we have in our pockets today are powerful engines for participation” (Rheingold, 2010) and with this in mind I recognize three knowledge gaps: first, I do not participate enough in Social Media environments, second, I have never shown real interest in having an actual personal or professional online Identity (Schryver, 2013), and lastly, I do not have the literacy that is necessary to collaborate and interact with others in these digital environments. To successfully reduce these knowledge gaps, I plan to try really hard to not get stuck on the technical side of things, and to focus more on the literature and resources provided in this program. Second, I will create a Professional Online Identity by using Apps with different capabilities that may provide me with many benefits/opportunities still to be discovered.


Rheingold, H. (2010). Attention, and other 21st-century social media literacies. Educause Review, 45(5),pp 14-24.

Schryver, K. (2013). Who are you online? Considering issues of web identity. The New York Times blogs.

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

4 Replies to “Digital Identity and Digital Presence Plan”

  1. Hi Luis,
    I share your point on not having established a personal or professional online identity, it was never a consideration prior to this course. I maintained professionalism in my “professional” accounts, like Twitter and Instagram, but was very much a visitor in these capacities. These accounts were not established as part of the expectations of my job, but as an extension to add value for my students because those were the spaces in which they participated. I agree it is a challenge to reframe our participation, and I am right there beside you starting with creating a network on LinkedIn. We should add each other!

    1. Thank you for sharing your insight Angela. I know, this course is definitely pushing many of us out of our comfort zone. Once I create my LinkedIn account I will definitely try to connect with you and probably ask you for some advice. Thanks again and I look forward to virtually connecting with you.

  2. Hi Luis,
    I totally agree with your point of view around privacy and public opinion. Those have been the main reasons why I have never desired to create a digital identity. However, reflecting on the readings, I see the value in contributing and collaborating in networks that are of importance to me. I am wondering about your goal of creating a Professional Online profile, what apps are you considering and what factors will you consider when making your decision?

    1. Hi Gail, thank you for your comment. For my professional online presence I think I will start by creating a LinkedIn account, it seems to be the most popular one for professional networks. I also see value in being on Twitter for professional purposes and to stay informed of current national and international events. Personally, I have been debating on whether or not I should open an Instagram account, it seems like a lot of FB users prefer to use this app instead, and at this point I can simply say -why not? –
      Thanks again Gail and have a great day!

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