Does Everyone Use Twitter but Me?!

I remember back when it first came out I was super excited for the ways it could be used, I was going to be on it 24/7 365 day of the year… If you haven’t noticed I am in no way Twitter-famous, so I’m sure you can figure out how well that went! In my position at the DOE dealing with computer science standards I have learned that many education technology experts and computer science educators use twitter more than I originally envisioned I would! Because of this I decided I was going to use Twitter as a method of communication for work, and found my old account. I made about 20 horribly pretentious posts as you might expect from a young undergrad, and for my own sanity these posts have now been removed. While I know once something is on the internet it is there forever, hopefully it be lost among the internet flotsam!

I have also discovered that while I know the general premise behind Twitter, and the way its structured, I am horribly out of date on its use. Due to this I have made it my mission to learn more about Twitter today! I want to find out who is currently using it, how they are using it, and why they are using it. I plan to look at this from a personal, professional, and educational viewpoint, and will report back on my findings in this blog.

I have also started by including a new feature on the side bar with a feed for our eme6414 hashtag. I cannot confirm or deny if I got this idea from reading Professor Dennen’s blog 😊 Starting with my blog posts tomorrow I will also start using features within WordPress that allows you to share and promote new posts to your Twitter profile.

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      Hey John, I don’t use Twitter either… until this class! I am hoping that this class will change my mind about social media. I am not “against” social media, but its more the case that I don’t really visualize it fitting into my creative workflow as far as tools used. I use many of the Adobe products such as Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects etc etc …. basically a bunch of creative software apps in a variety of shapes and sizes. All of these are desktop apps so I just don’t see it as fitting to this type of flow….. at least for me.

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        This made me think of a YouTube channel my boyfriend and I love watching. It is The Drawfee Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/Drawfee

        They do drawing challenges, many are “blind” challenges with the the artist knowing nothing or very little about what they are drawing. It made me think of your thoughts on the creative workflow, as this is a much different way of including such a visual medium into social media.

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      Ummm …. I know a lot of heavy users, but if you have a few moments scroll back through my feed. You’ll see me tweeting during this class for 6 weeks each summer, and then maybe 10-20 times the rest of the year (conferences, events, announcements). And that’s about it. I’ve yet to find the space for using it on a regular basis in my toolbox. I think if I focused more on who I follow and making lists I might make it into a more useful space. Or not. But when I travel it’s very useful for connecting to people, and I passively find useful resources via Twitter all the time.

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        I’m glad you shared this perspective, It has been some of the same thoughts I have been battling! I don’t think I will ever be a heavy user of social media, but I have begun to see the benefits it can offer for connecting to other professionals. I will likely end up focusing my efforts on using Twitter specifically for sharing information with my contemporaries at school and district levels.

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