Topic 1: Digital visitors and residents

Technology as a whole and mainly Internet users cannot be categorised by age or generations, because people of any age use technology in different ways. However visitors and residents are indeed best for categorising the web users (David S).

As the name suggests visitors are people who come to visit, and every web visit have a purpose. Therefore I can say that visitors are using the web as an instrument for their every day life needs. Online chat room users, online shoppers and those who search the web for images or holiday offers are visitors on the web. They skip having a true identity of themselves on the web, and they not feeling confortable with having a digital profile on social networking sites such as Facebook or twitter that represent their life and personalities. Visitors are not interested on sharing ideas and delivering knowledge to others through commenting and writing blogs that others can see and learn from. They rather like to stay unnoticed and use the web as a bridge to get to their goals.

Residents on the other hand are those users who use the web as a projector to project their life to the world. A part of their life is on the web, and they live there. Residents get themselves involved on having social networks for having online profiles that represent their true identity, personality and experiences. They are opportunist for writing blogs and expressing their ideas professionally by commenting on a topic. It is easy to find information about them on the web as they have online presence and are connected to family, friends and colleagues. Whenever they come online they update adds and maintains information on their account, which affects others who have relation with.

Individual users not necessary fall only into one of these categories. Visitors and residents have joins and separations and should be understood as continuum rather than two separate boxes (David S).


Visitors                                    Residents

I personally sometime act as a visitor on the web, for example I watch some video clips on YouTube without even having an account and profile with them, or I sometimes brows for cheapest train tickets to visit my friends in London. However I am more of a resident type than a visitor. I make use of social networking sites e.g Instagram, facebook, and twitter. I have online relation with people, which enables me to exchange huge amount of useful information though blogs commenting and feedbacks. Unlike me my father falls more into the category of visitors, although he has a Facebook account he don’t use it that often. He use the web most of the time as a tool for his personal needs, e.g ordering plants and gardening kits from eBay for his garden.


David, S. (2011). Visitors and Residents a new typology for online engagements


5 thoughts on “Topic 1: Digital visitors and residents

  1. A little bit of typing errors here and there but overall it is a well-structured blog. I really like the image at the end as it shows exactly what you were trying to convey to the readers- “Visitors and residents have joins and separations and should be understood as continuum rather than two separate boxes”. However next time, you should reference from some other sources, learn to tidy up your reference list also.
    In your blog you wrote “Unlike me my father falls more into the category of visitors, although he has a Facebook account he don’t use it that often. He use the web most of the time as a tool for his personal needs, e.g. ordering plants and gardening kits from eBay for his garden.” A rhetorical question for you is that why do you consider your dad as a visitor when he has an online profile i.e. he leaves a trace of himself online?


  2. The distinction between “residents” and “visitors” are well explained with lots of real life examples and it is really easy for reader to identify those terms. The personal experiences provided about yourself and your father makes it clearer to understand the differences between those two terms. Your own experiences also shown that one can be both visitor and resident, depending on the motivations and goals that one wants to achieve. The diagram you provided demonstrated this concept in a visual way.

    I think it is important to understand that people don’t necessary fall into one or the other categories, just like what you have mentioned. Since individuals tend to move along the spectrum according to their motivation, by using different approaches for different contexts, it aids to accomplish specific goals and tasks. And this concept might be able to apply to the learning methods and tools we are using nowadays. For example, online classes might be appropriate for some students, but for those who fall along the “visitors” end of the spectrum, this may not be the best way for them to learn. They are unlikely to participate on discussion board or posting their comments on the Internet since they don’t want to express their opinion online. By identifying and understanding this typology, we might be able to develop better learning environments for individuals.


  3. In your blog you have explained the digital connect, residence and visitors very well with references at the same time you have express yourself, well done.

    Reading from your blog I can see that you have done so much research to do this blog, for that I can say it has so much information, which I found interesting to read.

    Overall I really like your blog but can be even better if you could add a video or few more images to engage your reader to read your blog.

    Reading from your blog I understand that you cannot categories online uses by their age and generation, which I do agree with. However do you always think that is true because my other reading said that young people use some tools more actively than older people D,S. White & A. Le Cornu (2011) do you not agree with it?


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