Social web and an example
Nowhere is this continuous conversation becoming more obvious than with
the explosion of Twitter, a "microblogging" tool that has grown by leaps and
bounds since its introduction in 2006. While the concept of Twitter seems a
bit mundane, the implementation by online educators as a powerful professional
development and communications tool is anything but.
Originally, Twitter was created as a way to send quick updates to anyone
who was "following" the person posting the update. (Twitter limits you to
140 characters per "tweet." So, for instance, if you have
family members that are spread out around the world, each could be posting
"tweets" about what they were doing at any given moment, and those updates
would appear on the screens of all oftbe relatives who had asked to get them.
A way to track the clan, so to speak. Seems innocuous enough, right?
What's evolved, however, is something much more interesting. Following
other educators on Twitter creates a "network at my fingertips" phenomenon
where people ask questions and get answers, link to great blog posts or
resources, or share ideas for projects as they go through the day. For many,
it's become a running river of conversation and ideas that has cemented their
connections to the community and made the network even more palpable.
sense" in terms of the network; you feel more a part of the larger conversation,
more a part of the community. And, as with all good Read/Write Web
networking tools, you get smarter.