About a month ago, I posted about my intention to use Twitter as a one-line professional development blog. My goal was to post every day for a week and then report on my experience at the end of the week. I never managed to post seven days in a row and so I postponed my reporting several times until deciding enough is enough. Since joining Twitter in March, I’ve made 65 tweets, 31 of which came in the last month. It’s time to report.
In a recent post, Michele Martin described Twitter as “an extravert’s dream”, and I have to agree. It provides constant, brief connections to crowds of people. But I’m not an extrovert. I’m uncomfortable and awkward in crowds. I look for quiet corners at crowded parties and hope someone interesting gets lost on their way to the refreshments. Sometimes I hope in vain, but sometimes an interesting person does come my way, and so I continue to go to parties. For me, using Twitter is much like attending a party. It’s full of strangers, casual acquaintances, and few close friends. It’s full of background noise like the ever-present thumping of a subwoofer. A lot of the time the party is lame, but sometimes you meet someone, hear something, or say something that makes you glad you showed up.
During my little Twitter self-challenge, interesting people began to stumble into my corner of the party. Soul4real provided timely tech support. Helenabaert expressed concern and Jepson offered encouragement. Several people thanked me for sharing a link to the index of my Tools for Teaching with Technology wiki. A couple of people have even tentatively agreed to contribute to the wiki. (Additional contributors would be welcomed!) I doubt that Twitter will ever become the number one tool in my personal learning network, but I think I’ve finally developed enough of a Twitter presence/network to get some value from the tool.