I have been tweeting for two years.
I know many of you have been on twitter for much longer but it is amazing to think how fundamental to my day social media, especially twitter, has become in this relatively short period of time.
Some of the other firsts included Barack Obama, Tom Massarella my brilliant techie colleague from school, Howard Rheingold, danah boyd, Jimmy Wales, Mike Wesch, Ward Cunningham & Steven Johnson. I admire all of these people greatly and feel more closely connected to their ideas and work because of twitter.
I found it terribly exciting to start finding people admired for their books, innovations, educational brilliance and significance to our online, hyperconnected world. I bet it was the same for you. I still find it amazing that colleagues from work, friends and teachers mingle with so many (international) others who are all striving and sharing.
In the weeks that followed my first tweets, so many of the people who I hear from daily came into my life via there tweetstreams and blogs. Nowadays, many of my NSW DET colleagues are on twitter too, sharing and collaborating.
What was your experience? How were you introduced to microblogging?
Who were the first people you followed on twitter?
I found this 4-minute video at Jane Hart’s site and recommend you watch it.
It is advertising for the Internet Time Alliance but explores many of the most important concepts relating to social media, particularly networked economies. Note the reference to Darwin’s theories and that those who learn to collaborate most effectively, prevail.
Social networks and social learning are changing how we work and grow our knowledge. Networks and trust are critical. It is important that we assist colleagues to participate for the health and relevance of our workplaces.
The presentation is not dynamic but the intellectual understanding of our new times is deep. I particularly liked the use of Marshall McCluhan’s theories in the presentation.