I do see the importance of blogging, wikis, and social network sites such as Ning. But the Twitter concept, with its 140 word maximum, escapes me.
I experienced a glimmer of understanding last weekend when I was Twittering from the NAESP conference, and a few others were joining me. But, mostly, I see a lot of nothing being twittered. The whole concept of “What are you doing” breeds worthless chatter among the Twitter-ites. Do I really care that Budtheteacher is eating burgers, or that EvanCourtney is getting his basement ready for ping pong? These are real Twitter posts that were written today.
I recently received an email letting me know that a 5th grade student from my school is now following me on Twitter. I also have some of my students’ parents following me as well. It’s a little weird. I mean, I joined Twitter to broaden my professional relationships, not to chat with 10 year olds or write Tweets that might come across offensive to the taxpayers who are paying my salary.
That leaves me with the following three options: 1. Ignore the followers and still write whatever I want on Twitter; 2. Write only very PC stuff on Twitter regardless of how I am really feeling at the moment; 3. Block all those who I do not want following me at the risk of offending them greatly (I think they get an email stating that I have blocked them. Is that true?).
So I am not sure what to do about this minor dilemma. Interestingly, the other day I read a post written on Mark’s Learning Log where Mark Walker asked the same question about Twitter. He also posted this very funny video.
On the other hand, I have been playing around with Facebook, and I am liking it. There is a Twitter-like section on Facebook where you can answer the question “What’s on your mind?” The posts are added to all of my friends’ Facebook pages. It appears as if the difference between this and Twitter is that I have more control over who I allow to be my “friend” on Facebook. That makes me more comfortable with the concept of posting innane comments like “I had broiled salmon and a baked potato for dinner tonight.” It is the same Twitteresque nonsense, but at least I am among friends.
I will be playing around with Facebook for the next few weeks to see if it fits with my lifestyle. Unfortunately, Facebook is blocked by my school district, so I can’t use it at work to connect with principal colleagues. Interestingly, Twitter is not blocked.
Does that mean I will be Facebooking at home and Twittering at school?
I really need to get a life…