Topic 1

Explaining the concept of digital “visitors” and “residents” drawing upon personal online experiences to date in support of the points made.

As we all know since Tim Berners-Lee established the concept of the world-wide-web in 1989, a vast majority of homes and workplaces have had a drastic increase on getting connected connected to the Internet. As more and more people interact with the web in various of ways it continuous to grow quiet dramatically, a more enhanced tools are being created for people around the globe in order for them to interact with and make life easier for them, an example of this can be Japanese robots which could be sent under water to fixed oil pipes leaking, this might not be possible for humans because of water pressure.

When I was around 5-6, even in economically development countries, not many people had access to the intranet, as the hardware devices were expensive and getting connect wasn’t easy as nowadays for example you would use dial- up connection to get connected and the connection had limitations in terms on timings which was annoying for most people.However, nowadays Internet is brought in almost every home in many developed countries around the globe and especially in the UK there is Wifi everywhere such as restaurants, coffee shops and even some buses. We never realise that the amount of time that our society spends online has grown radically. Individuals are using several of devices, such as smart phones, tablet laptops etc. which are mostly connected to the intranet either via a network provider or free Wifi.

Every individual having access to the Internet may be classified due how much they uses it and what they use the Internet for.

Digital visitor are individuals that uses the Internet on a need basis to search for focused interests and certain errands they have set to do. Visitors see the web as a series of a pool of information in an organised matter, as they just go online and do what they are intended to and log off without leaving any traces behind (white, 2008).

Digital resident are users who are living out a portion or percentage of their life online, they see the web as a series of spaces and places where other people are, they might be going online to express their opinion and work thorough elements on their identity on their persona online as we can imagine social media is where a lot of it takes place for example: writing blogs about a specific task or writing comments on someone’s tweets, which would be more visible and once they log off they liable to leave some sort of trace (white, 2008).

As I watched Mr David White’s video (September, 2013) based on digital mapping I realised that I am more of a digital resident, as my interaction on the web includes me having accounts and using social networking such Google docs, Twitter, Skype and Facebook quiet often. As I use them to communicate with friends, make comments on certain aspects that favours me and I also use them to catch up with certain communities I am member with.


White D. (2008) ‘Visitors’ & ‘Residents’, TALL blog, University of Oxford, Available at: [Last accessed: 4th February 2015]

White D. (2013) Mapping, Available at: [Last accessed: 4th February 2015]


7 thoughts on “Topic 1

  1. I found your discussion very interesting, especially in regards to the initial development of the Internet and its continuing progress.

    Do you think that it is the ability to use Wifi almost anywhere that has encouraged young people to become ‘Digital Residents’, in addition to the fact that they were brought up with technology? This access to the Internet has meant that they are able to check and update their social profile whenever and wherever they choose. It is interesting to consider whether these individuals, whose social presence is becoming increasingly expansive, consider online privacy and identity theft whilst using the Internet specifically for social purposes. Perhaps this is one possible reason why ‘Visitors’ prefer to remain unattached and anonymous.


  2. A little bit of repetitive typing and grammatical error here and there but overall the blog is well structured. I like how you started the blog with an anecdote as it makes the reader more interested and wanting to read more. You should learn to have references from other sources and the use of images and other visual aids will make the blog look nicer whilst keeping the reader engaged.
    From reading your blog it seems like you are considering the concept of digital residents and visitors as a separations of categorizing individuals on the web so just a rhetorical question for you, do you think an individual can be in the middle i.e. perhaps posses both the characteristics of a visitor and a resident?


  3. You starting of the blog is really good, I really like your idea. At the same time you have support your comment with references and express yourself well done.

    Overall your blog is good, but it can be better as I have notice there are some typing and grammatical errors and that can give a bad impression to the reader.

    As you have mansion that free Internet service provided in public places, which I do agree and I have used that before but the services are not fast enough so I switch back to my own Internet service provider. So how does do you think that can affect digital residences or visitors?

    Also using public Internet service does it have any privacy issues does that not give a barrier to the users, if so why?


  4. From reading the blog post, I like how you managed to include a little bit of a background to the Web and how you yourself explained it in its earlier stages, I also . I feel that it could have been developed a little more however. You could explain how Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives (Prensky’s Model) fit in with the current model or why it was originally well used. With that you could implement more of a personal opinion on the matter, whether it is better or worse, bring in more questions on the matter and how you might see which model works in what areas.
    But nevertheless, it was a good and enjoyable read. The blog also looks very nice, clear and sensible. Good luck with the rest of the course.


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