When you are online do you act like a Visitor or Resident?
I sometimes joke that, whenever I hear the phrase “If Facebook was a country“ (often said to impress that a huge chunk of humanity is online), I am tempted to say...“I would quickly seek asylum somewhere else!”
That was one of the points I raised at my discussion with members of IABC Phoenix last Thursday, at their luncheon meeting. The point was not just about Facebok, per se, but about what it means to be a “resident” in a hyper-social world.
Interestingly enough, it’s something I touch on now, when teaching students in the computer and technology lab –my 6th grade class– what it means to be a digital citizen: Their roles, and expectations. We often have to ask ourselves: do we trade one of these for the other?
- Visitor or Resident?
- Antenna or Amplifier?
- Symmetric or asymmetric?
- Ambient Intimacy or “Alone Together”
For those who have asked: Here’s a link to last my presentation: “Humanizing Your Communication.” It’s hosted on Prezi. So much more interesting that PowerPoint.