Once upon a time, not so long ago, i totally rejected Twitter. I thought it was a space for stalkers; for idle chatters, for mindless people. Mind you, this judgement came way before i set one foot into the ‘place’ – it was a brief look from the outside. It was very much one of those premature, dead-wrong, feelings that soak you up sometimes.
The good news is that i have now considered myself a veteran on Twitter and i couldn’t find another more intimate personal learning environment to dwell in. I sleep and wake Twitter. There’s almost always an air of excitement when i check my Twitter – i want to know who’s checking me out, who’s retweeting, who’s PMed me, etc etc. It is almost an obsession.
And while there’s that little obsessive feeling about the whole thing, it is not all there’s is to Twitter for me. Twitter is now an integral part of my learning environment. It is the space from where i navigate the world; sort of like my main personal learning control room.
While my Twitter world is most populated at this time with Educators, there’s the odd University, Political writer, celebrity, many chats, and even dead Philosophers. How can i not know what Steve Wheeler has just written about or the next conference he’s attending or speaking at? And that great blog on research stuff from Pat Thomson – she’s an awesome educator for young researchers. Steven Andserson, the Web 2.0 Classroom specialist has now become my one-stop-shop for the latest updates and how-tos on all things Web 2.0. Then there’s my favorite Computing Education Blog by Prof. Mark Guzdial. From this space, one is fed a sumptuous diet on the latest thoughts and happenings in Computing Education Research. And how about the very many chats? #Edchat anyone? A brilliant space for exchanging and sharing ideas. Last evening we were engaged in a most exciting 1-hour conversation about the good and bad of Powerpoint presentations.
On Twitter there’s a weekly conversation, a daily conversation, a by-the-minute conversation,a lifetime conversation. And there’s no problem with time management. There’s no time-wasting. Always something to learn, share, or just feel excited about.
Twitter is awesome! Happy that barrier of rejection was broken down.