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Laura Gibbs

Unit 3: Map Artifact

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I saw that Stacy had done a map post for Unit 3 of , so here's mine! Update: I just found Rob's map too! For him, LinkedIn is the key. Just as the data from my maps is really intriguing only as you compare one to another, it's definitely more intriguing to compare Stacy's, Rob's, and my maps to see some big differences in how we connect online!

Like with any experiment where the data is being collected without a specific protocol, I'm not sure we can really learn a lot from this analysis (who I actually interact with online is only a tiny subset of followers/following), but it was interesting to see the difference across three platforms that I looked at — Twitter, Google+, and Blogger. I use those platforms really differently, and there is some difference in the resulting maps, though, so I thought I would share the maps here along with some comments about those platforms and what they mean to me. Stacy did an email map, but I am pleased to say that I have made email such a totally marginal part of my life that there is no data there even worth mapping. Stacy also did LinkedIn, but I don't use LinkedIn.

Twitter. I used Tweeps to do the two maps, one of my personal Twitter account (OnlineCrsLady) and the other of my class account (OnlineMythIndia). I'm not surprised that the U.S. percentage is dramatically higher for the personal account (74% as opposed to just 51% for my class account): I've sought out a lot of foreign sources for my class feed. My big emphasis this coming year for my class account is to interact more with sources in India and south Asia, so hopefully that U.S. percentage will go down even more in the coming year with a big bump in India!

Google+. I used CircleCount to do the map of people who follow me, and the U.S. proportion here was down to 42%. That makes sense: one of the things I most value about Google+ is the way I connect with people in other countries. I've also devoted the most time and attention to Google+ as a social platform, and I am really glad to think that my efforts are broadening that interaction that includes more of the world.

Bestiaria Latina. This is my longest-running blog and the one with the biggest membership (although most of the people who read the blog do that by email, which skews the statistics; it has over 2000 email subscribers and I don't think they're included in the page count views unless they click through the email to look at the actual blog). I hadn't checked the stats on this blog in a long time, but I am coming up on a million views. That's an absurd number because so much of that is just robots (those Russian, Ukrainian, and Chinese numbers are all just bots!), but my husband takes me out for sushi whenever I roll over a million at Google+ (I'm about to his 13 million views at Google+)... so I will at least try to get sushi out of this ha ha. This map is from the Blogger stats dashboard; you'll see here that India is not in play. This blog is a holdover from my long-ago previous lifetime as a Classics professor; I gave up Classics as a profession years ago, but I couldn't stop blogging about it! :-)