Mapping my digital presence was a great way to identify how many digital environments and networks I am a part of, it was also very interesting to see how many of those networks were inexistent to me a few years ago and how some others very quickly have moved from the Visitor quadrant to the Resident one and vice versa.
In this new era of accelerated technological progress we introduce ourselves to others with the technology we use and sometimes we do it without us noticing. It doesn’t necessarily happen verbally but thru our behavior. We identify ourselves as Android or Apple users for example, or when working online we have a preferred browser like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Explorer or Mozilla among others. I am definitely an Android user and my favorite browser is Google Chrome, thus the use of its logo in the center of my map, I use it every day! The use of many programs and apps on my “personal upper half” are mostly for entertainment. I use WhatsApp to keep in touch with family and friends both locally and overseas. Spotify and Sirius XM have become the music suppliers at home and in our vehicles. Alexa is a fun imaginary assistant we have at home. Banking is now available at our fingertips and 24/7. The whole Google platform has become the core of my digital world while Netflix and YouTube are our streaming platforms on our TVs. Facebook is currently my only social media platform, and I simply use it as a photo album and to stay in touch with family and friends.
The “institutional lower half” include all those programs that I use on a daily basis to perform at work, some are used more than others on a daily basis. Each one of these programs, networks, systems etc. has provided me with a set of skills that has grown over time and continues to grow rapidly. Some programs required specific on-the-job training such as PBS or the General Motors web platform; others I learned thru Education or previous work experience, and some others I simply learned “on the fly”. I decided to enclose all four quadrants in an inner circle that represents the “essentials” of my digital life today and as I venture to explore and participate in more circles there will be more personal and institutional knowledge acquired. My sons’ sports groups now have Apps to register, chat, do Covid-19 pre-screenings and to interact with other parents. Academically speaking, I now find myself using Moodle and WordPress on a daily basis, and by the looks of it, will continue to be that way for another 2 years along with this amazing MALAT team.
White, D. (2013, Sep 13). Just the Mapping [Video]. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSK1Iw1XtwQ