I finally signed up for Twitter last week after resisting for quite a while. Part of my resistance/reluctance to join was that this just seemed too out there for the audience I work with and our online facilitators. I’m willing to fight the battles to include blogs and wikis and chat and a bunch of other stuff, but this seemed like too much to throw at them. Over the last 6 months or so, I’ve been seeing more examples of personal learning with Twitter though. I realized that even though this isn’t really something I need for my job or that I anticipate implementing this as an organization that I could do this just for my own benefit.
Two weeks into it, I’m still not sure I totally “get” Twitter, which is probably OK. I have been enjoying following conference tweets from #astd09 and #iel09. Hopefully next week I can join the #lrnchat discussion. I lurked a bit last week and had planned to join last night, but a night when I had a 5+ minute delay didn’t seem like a good time to jump into that kind of conversation. But I can see the value in those conversations with this tool.
I wonder–could you have the same kind of conversations of #lrnchat via Skype or some other chat tool? Wouldn’t a similar kind of conversation have been possible in (gasp) an AOL chat room 10 years ago, or via IRC or whatever? I guess I see the value in that connection and discussion, but I’m not sure that Twitter really does so much more to facilitatate those conversations than older tools. What am I missing?
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