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Twitter – love it or hate it

May 12th, 2008 · No Comments

I’m almost reluctant to wade in with yet another post about twitter. It seems to quite polarise views. Will triggered qute an interesting dialogue when he highlighted some disadvantages of twitter in his blog and suggested that it might be possible to become addicted to twittering. Martin responded with some interesting points about how twittering benefited those who worked from home alot, as he does, enabling him to get that “peer/professional/social interaction you get at work”. He has started up a series of blog posts called twitter tales to illustrate this in which he replicates short twitter exchanges.

The comment dialogues from the blog posts illustrate many of the other features of twittering, but I thought I’m mention one I came across recently during the conferences. Many people have been live-blogging conferences (See Doug’s post for some negative reactions to this). Often they create a short tweet with their initial reaction to the conference alongside a tinyurl link to their blogged reflections. In following these up, I’ve come across a great many fascinating and stimulating ideas that I would never have encountered otherwise. Having not attended the conferences, I’d have to wait until the conference proceedings were published, and even then, I might not have thought to go look at them.

One that I particularly enjoyed was Grainne’s post entitled An agenda for ubiquitous learning, from the Networked Learning Conference she was attending. In particular, I found the Seven Moves for ubiquitous learning as outlined by Bill Cole’s keynote to be quite insightful. They seemed to resonate with my findings from my research into mobile informal learning. So, I’ve followed up a few links, looked up some references and generally found some useful leads. Certainly, I would certainly have read that part of Grainne’s blog eventually – but somehow following her experiences at the conference through twitter put the conference into more of a social context for me and raised my awareness.

Tags: by Gill · Conferences · Research Tools · Social Networking · twitter

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