Carry on tweeting …

I had an interesting experience at a meeting recently.  Serious items were being discussed, and I was making my contribution to the conversation.

I happened to mention that I had come across the information I was about to share via a colleague on Twitter, and no sooner were the words out of my mouth, than I realised that a certain amount of mirth filled the room.

Why was I surprised to receive such a response?  Had I said that I found the information ‘on the internet’, or that it had come to me ‘via email’, I am sure I would not have had the same response.

And yet, the fact that the source was a trusted professional (whom I have actually – not just virtually – met) seemed risible to some of the people in the room just because of the method of discovery of this interesting and important piece of information.

Now, I am aware that there are still many who think that people who use Twitter are engaging in little more than a daily dose of ‘Heat’ magazine, following vapid celebrities for their inane chatter.  And I will admit to following my share of celebrities, too, but I have chosen to follow them because they offer me something which I like: film commentary (Mark Kermode); giggles (Dara O Briain and Sarah Millican); veggie recipes (Simon Rimmer).

But looking through the 300-odd people whom I follow, the vast majority are fellow education professionals, most of them language specialists, to whom I am indebted for ideas, camaraderie, virtual hugs and a wealth of information.

Will the response from ‘real life’ colleagues stop me tweeting?  No way!  In fact, I feel a little sorry for those who have not yet discovered the power of Twitter.  It’s an incredible network, through which I have met some fabulous people, and learned an amazing amount.

Whatever the reaction, I am going to carry on tweeting!

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4 Comments

  1. Good on you! I make a point of NOT following celebrities and revealing when a fellow mfl-twitterer has shared invaluable information, which is everyday. My immediate team still have not joined-time is now the reason given, but no smirking! I do feel sorry that some teachers react the way some of your colleagues did as it shows a complete lack of open-mindedness. As educator, our job is to open the mind of young people, how can we do that if we don’t apply these principles to ourselves??

  2. Quite. I dabble in Twitter but it is excellent for quickfire queries and requests. I log onto it only once a day and I find that trawling through the messages is a bit irksome but there are enough golden ‘discoveries’ to carryt on tweeting.

  3. To criticise Twitter for being nothing but HEAT magazine is tantamount to criticising the Internet for being nothing but porn or Life for being boring.

    I dare say Life is boring if you don’t make the most of it.
    I dare say the Internet is full of porn if it’s all you ever look for on it.
    I dare say Twitter is just a load of rubbish if you don’t follow interesting people.

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