I really enjoyed watching this video because I never thought of social media in that way. The video points to two types of people when it comes to technology: One is a “resident” of social spaces on the internet and one is a “visitor.” Residents use social media to improve their social standing in the virtual world while the visitors use it as a tool to meet some sort of goal while at the same time maintaining their privacy. I like how Dave White separated his own personal versus professional beliefs because they can be completely different. I too would say I am on a different end of the spectrum based on whether I am talking about my personal or professional life.
As a person who grew up with access to a computer since I was about 10, it is not something that has ever intimidated me or I was ever afraid to share personal information with. As a young person, you don’t really think about what you’re sharing, you just do it because it's what everyone is doing and your social life is closer to the center of your universe. In this phase of my life I was a resident. This is the personal side of social media. As far as the professional side of social media goes, I never knew what an advantage it is to be a resident until just recently. I think that being a resident in the professional sense puts you way ahead of your colleagues who aren’t.
Until just recently, I had no professional identity on social media, only a personal identity. Coming into high school just as facebook became popular, to a certain extent this site has documented a large part of my life. I was a resident. A few years ago, as I started to realize a professional identity, I chose to become a visitor of social media when it comes to my personal life and transfer that residency into my professional identity. I realized I wanted to be known and have an online presence not because of what I did this weekend, but because I was able to add to a conversation with teachers all over the globe about education reform. Not to say that I disagree with being a resident on the personal side, I think there is value in sharing pictures with family and friends and staying in contact with childhood friends, I have just found much more value in my residency with the professional world of social media and technology as I have gotten older.
White, D. (2013, May 31). Visitors and Residents. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sFBadv04eY