DigPINS Post 1: Exploring My Digital Identity

I originally published this post on https://snc.digpins.org/blog/

Happy first week of DigPINS! I am very much out of my comfort zone when blogging so bear with me. Writing does not come very naturally to me, but I wanted to challenge myself with this. Enjoy my thoughts about week one!

I am excited to explore Twitter. Up until now, I’ve had a personal account that I occasionally tweet on, but I have not thought of Twitter as a place to connect for pedagogy. I’m interested in discovering this side of Twitter. The handout by Laura Gogia also made me realize I’ve been using Twitter incorrectly. Instead of checking Twitter periodically throughout the day, I check it maybe once of week which is probably why I haven’t gotten the most out of my Twitter experience.

I found the Visitor-Resident map very interesting to create. What I found surprising is how many digital resources I regularly use. I was happy to see that I am more of a visitor on most sites versus a resident. I would prefer to leave a smaller footprint on the website versus a larger one.

My personal VR map

When I was watching the videos on mapping, it bothered me that David White kept referring to resident as the one that leaves a footprint after you log off and visitor does not. I understand what he meant by that, but it is important to note that everything we do on the website leaves a footprint whether we like it or not. One example of this is when we get ads of something we have recently searched. This data might not be visible to the general public, but it is visible to a few. What we do on the web is always somewhat trackable.

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