Twitter, Twitter, Twitter. I am not sure how I feel about Twitter. When Facebook first became popular I had no problem deleting My Space and jumping on the bandwagon, but of course at that time it was exclusive to college students. However, celebrities are obsessed with Twitter and it just seems like something I have no desire to have. The interesting thing is that many job applications ask you to connect or post your Twitter page or account, or whatever, as a way to market yourself.
My friends have Twitter. They are always trying to make me have it. I pretend all the time that I am going to delete my Facebook, but never have come that far. I pretend that I hate it, but in actuality it has become somewhat of a safety net; it most certainly is one of the first sites I click to when I go online, which is multiple times a day. I do not have a new or cool phone, mine is pretty ancient, so I am not hooked up to the web through that means.
I was interested to see in the PowerPoint that Twitter can & is being used as a legitimate forum to teach through. I have not even attempted to make a Twitter account, so I am not even sure what the sign up page looks like. If I go and look now, I will be forced by my lack of self control to NOT exit from the page without signing up. So, I will take the book’s word for it and believe that there are ways to sign up under educational sections like Twitter for Educators and Twitter for Teachers.
Schrums chapter discusses student safety online, and I cannot see many parents liking their children tweeting with teachers or even it being highlighted in the classroom… and beyond. Maybe I just hate on Twitter for no reason. I cannot judge it unless I join it. (See the self control issues.)
Overall, I do like how the internet and the social networking sites are becoming less taboo as the years go by. Remember when your parents warned you when the AOL was popular not to go into chat-rooms? Well yea, they were creepy. However, now these pages are becoming safer. They have formed ways to communicate with guards up and with only members of certain groups. I see the progression, and despite my un-interest in joining, I can appreciate Twitter’s efforts.
Like this on your Twitter account! Haha, thanks!