Topic 1 : A practical example to digital Residents and Visitors

blog-p1The concept of digital “Visitors” and “Residents” have been explained in different ways in different academic papers. What I aim to do is to put this into practical examples by taking two different individuals that live different lifestyles to distinguish between these terms.

Casey Neistat an influential “Youtuber” and one of the founders of the social media network Beme built a career on the internet with the help of different tools that is available. He maintains an online identity that has garnered a significant audience. The message that he put out that is interpreted by many of his audience is that “Doing more and not being comfortable in one achievement in life will lead to many great things” This persona is greatly shown through his series of daily short videos and the different social media outlets that he uses. For instance his Instagram account shows a lot about his day to day travels to different places and in his videos he talks a lot about his day to day work and shows a series of significant events a meetings that he attends. Therefore, this makes Casey Neistat a digital resident. He has taken full advantage of the internet in his social, professional life and “branded” himself as an inspirational individual.

My parents on the other hand only use the internet when it is only required for them to do so. One of the main reasons they utilize the tools available online would be to keep in contact with family and me since I am studying in another country. Other than that the internet is a place for them to be updated about the current affairs and news. They are not worried about the persona online and do not it a priority to update their social media. This would therefore make them digital Visitors.

Digital Visitors cannot be classified by age but by lifestyle. Depending on the type of lifestyle that you live the amount of dependency on the internet would differ. A retiree would tend to use the internet a little less compared to a student since the lifestyle these two individuals follow different ways of life and uses the internet for different purposes. A student may use it to keep in touch with their friends and for entertainment at the same time for studies while a retiree might use it to book a vacation and to search on global news.


White, D. S., & Cornu, A. L. (2011). Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9).

Not ‘Natives’ & ‘Immigrants’ but ‘Visitors’ & ‘Residents’ (Oxford University Blog)


4 thoughts on “Topic 1 : A practical example to digital Residents and Visitors

  1. This is a really well written post with great content. I could see that you did your fair share of research before diving into crafting this post. The approach adopted which is to explain both concepts by linking with real life scenarios is new and unconventional. This really lets me look into your inner thought process and understand the concept from there. I’m sure someone who hasn’t had any prior knowledge to this topic would be able to fully comprehend the concepts after reading your post. However, i personally feel that you could draw more definition in noting down the differences for digital residents and visitors. You did touch on the differences in the final paragraph but i feel it may not be clear enough and the point you’re trying to convey is not that concise.

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  2. Hello Zaidhan,
    I’m quite impressed by the approach you’ve taken to explaining the concept of “Digital visitors and Digital residents”. Using real examples such as Casey Neistat and your own parents as a base for developing definitions for the concept helps us to relate and understand the content easily.

    I can also see how you have put in the effort to incorporate your own understanding and personal take on the matter simply through the terms and expressions you use.

    It seems that you have expressed a clear understanding of the concept which enabled you to create links to the examples you have provided.

    One suggestion that I offer is that maybe you could use more direct in-text references to terminology when it comes to the describing of the concept so that you can still retain a reasonable amount of academic taste to your post.



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