Yes, I drank the Koolaid. I have been completely submerged in the twitterverse for almost 2 years now and I couldn’t imagine my professional world without it. This may sound extreme to some, but knowing that I have my own customizable professional development network available 24/ 7 just thrills me. When I’m looking to learn something, I go to twitter. When I’m looking to share something, I go to twitter. When I want to know the latest news, I go to twitter. When I want other people’s opinion, I go to twitter. When I want to be forced to think, I go to twitter. When I need help, I go to twitter. Yes, I learn in many other ways too, but most of those ways aren’t available to me “on demand”.
So, it baffles me over the course of the past 2 years, how many people pass judgement on Twitter.
- “Get a life.”
- “What could you possibly say in 140 characters that’s worth while?”
- “Twitter is for twits”
- “Twitter is full of self-absorbed people who need to tell the world everything they are doing”
- “Twitter is full of unsubstantiated B.S.”
- “I’d rather spend my time publishing than tweeting” (this one makes me laugh)
These are some of the things I’ve heard.
So– here’s what I say: Before you express such strong opinions on something, learn a little bit about it. Don’t we expect our students to do the same? Twitter isn’t for everyone, and that ‘s fine. I don’t tell you how to learn, so don’t pass judgement on the way I learn.