My generation was the last to grow up without the internet. It was also the first to have the internet and all its connectedness thrust upon us in our teenage years. In true millennial fashion I embraced the internet, and the opportunity to develop my internet presence, as soon I got a personal desktop computer. I became a resident of networks such as MySpace, CalgaryPlanet (I’m surely giving away my age here!), and of course Facebook.
In a 2011 Gadgetwise post, Sam Grobart asks “Should I be a jerk or a human being on Facebook”. This question really sums up the first 15 years of my experience on the internet, and more specifically, my experience with social networks or digital public spaces. Previous iterations of my digital identity engaged in behaviour that I am now remorseful for. In 2017 I made the conscious decision to reduce my digital presence and decrease the ‘noise’ that I contributed to online spaces. Adults often joke of “How lucky we are that social media platforms didn’t exist when we were younger”, because as adults with real life experiences, we understand the implications that our digital identities can have on our real, brick and mortar lives.
This assignment thrust me back into a position where I have to consider my digital presence and footprint, a thought I assumed was far gone.
The goal and purpose for cultivating my digital presence is primarily professional in nature. I wish to learn from my academic and professional peers, share my knowledge to all who wish to access it, and network with individuals and organizations that I respect. At this point, I have chosen to limit my personal digital presence to a professional realm as much as possible.
My approach and map of digital technology tools for managing my identity can be seen by clicking the image below.
In my map, I have highlighted the areas in which I plan to establish, or further establish, my digital presence. My measures of success will include:
– Increase in proficiency/competency
– Steady use/engagement on each platform
– Decrease in apprehensions outlined related to each platform
Unlike some of my MALAT colleagues, I have chosen not to further my personal digital presence outside of the spaces I have currently identified. This is my attempt at a slow growth module for my digital presence. Once I have overcome some of the apprehensions I have identified in my map, I may look again at other social spaces and networks and re-evaluate my use of them. To bring it back to my second paragraph, I wish for my digital identity to contribute value to the spaces I inhabit
Grobat, S. (2011, May 9). Should I Be a Jerk or a Human On Facebook? New York Times Blog. https://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/should-i-be-a-jerk-or-a-human-being-on-facebook