It was a lot easier for me to find information on Professor Abdoney than it was for me to find on Professor Teaff. Professor Abdoney’s digital presence is a lot more than Professor Teaff’s. Perhaps this is intentional, but I am unsure.
Professor Abdoney is a woman who is around 40 years old. Her family consists of her son and husband where they live in Lexington, Virginia. Politically, Professor Abdoney appears to be on the left politically. On the other hand, Professor Elizabeth Anne Teaff is a woman who is in her late 40s. She describes herself as “quiet & quirky” on several social media sites. Professor Teaff is also an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, and her favorite movie is Hedwig and the Angry Itch. Both women are librarians who have a passion for teaching. This is evident both online and in their classes. Also, on several social media sites, both of my professors have pictures of cats, so I am assuming that they both like/own cats.
For both Professors, their filter bubble probably effects the advertisements they receive online. Professor Abdoney’s filter bubble is probably more about what she likes because of her strong online presence; in contrast, Professor Teaff probably has a less specific filter because of her smaller internet presence. However, Professor Teaff probably has more passive digital footprints than active as the passive footprints are more difficult to monitor.
In his article “Your Digital Footprint Matters,” Eric Sheninger writes, “With each Facebook post, email, Instagram photo, comment on a blog, YouTube video, Skype call, etc. you are leaving a trail that can be seen, searched, or tracked. Basically all of your activity on the Internet leads to the creation of a digital identity and footprint.” This connects with my blog post in how I was able to stalk my professors through their digital footprints. Students are probably able to find things on their professors that the professors do not even realize are on the internet. Sheninger also quoted himself in his article saying, “Your digital footprint paints a portrait of who you are as an educator, leader, school, or district. Make sure it conveys your true values and work.” I feel like everything that I found on the internet about my professors lines up with what I was expecting to find and how they present themselves in class.
Honestly, I don’t think that this exercise will change my internet habits. Due to growing up alongside the rise of social media, I have been hearing the same warnings ever since I was in elementary school. All that we have learned should change my internet habits, but I would have no idea where to start.
Sheninger, Eric. “Your Digital Footprint Matters.” HuffPost, HuffPost, 8 Jan. 2016, www.huffpost.com/entry/your-digital-footprint-ma_b_8930874.