I didn’t understand Twitter at first. It seemed, at best, to be a colossal waste of time. I already had several blogs, social networking profiles, flickr account, etc. What more did I need? And, why in the world do I need to tell people “what I’m doing now” in 140 characters? Since I created my account, I would periodically post “I’m in the airport”, or “going for lunch”. All very trivial. And I saw no point to it. But…then I started experiencing Twitter less as a broadcast tool with intermittent interaction (the way I largely see blogs), and more as a living network. For example, I’m in San Antonio, and I post on Twitter that my presentation – Rethinking Curriculum, Knowledge, and Learning – is available on Slideshare. Within five minutes, over 50 people had started viewing the slides. Hmm. The speed of information sharing, and the growing awareness of what key learning nodes in my network are up to (thinking, doing, feeling), changed my perspective. Last week, I posted a request with regard to Second Life. Within about two minutes, Jennifer Jones put me in touch with the very helpful Fleep, and…problem is solved. I had to overcome my blog perspective in order to see the affordances of Twitter. Twitter is a conversation, not a monologue.
So, I’m suddenly a Twitter fan (you can find me here).
A few Twitter resources to explore:
How Twitter makes it real: “I feel that I have a foretaste of what tomorrow’s network world will bring, when the boundaries have dissolved completely and we can experience the network directly”
More Twitter Types…and Twitter etiquette.