Digital Natives Vs Digital Immigrants

How would you define yourself…. would you say you’re a digital native or a digital immigrant?

The always ‘reliable’ but easily accessible source, Wikipedia has pointed to a collaboration between Harvard’s research group, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Research Center for Information Law at the University of St. Gallen which hopes to understand and support children as they grow up in the digital age. The digital natives wiki is unsurprisingly heavy on Web 2.0 technology.

According to this group (via Wikipedia) in the digital world of today there are two different types of people… the digital immigrants and digital natives. Right now their definition of both is:

Digital Native

“A person who has grown up with digital technology such as computers, the Internet, mobile phones and MP3.”Source

Digital Immigrant

“An individual who grew up without digital technology and adopted it later…Digital immigrants are said to have a “thick accent” when operating in the digital world in distinctly pre-digital ways, when, for instance, he might “dial” someone on the telephone to ask if his e-mail was received.”Source

It’s an interesting project which you can contribute to through Facebook, Twitter or any number of Web 2.0 services.

A couple of tools which the natives are probably using right now (there’s at least one new immigrant using them) are Ubiquity, Launchy and Remember The Milk.

  • Launchy
    An open source keystroke program organiser that will eliminate a lot of the time you waste searching through pull-down menus and folders for the exact file/program you want.(Just be sure to add all the necessary paths (like c:\programs) to the catalog and there’s a time-out at any time just do a right-click and select the ‘rebuild catalog’ option)
  • Ubiquity
    Ubiquity is a bit like Launchy on angel dust, works in a similar way but does so much more. Ubiquity is a Firefox plug in which allows you to highlight text, translate, change languages in a web page, put pictures and maps into emails and so much more. To say Ubiquity is lush is a serious understatement. Some people have gone as far as to call it “Web 3.0” even though it’s still in the alpha stage. I’ve put in a video if you don’t believe me….

  • Remember The Milk
    While Remember The Milk is not nearly as mind-blowing as Ubiquity it is definitely handy. It’s a reminder function that plugs into almost anything including GMail, Google Calender, Google Maps, Twitter, Blackberries, iPhones and mobile phones running off Windows Mobile software. The developers have even put the API up for grabs so that people much much smarter than me can set it up for other devices and applications.
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~ by talkincode on September 15, 2008.

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