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Friday, May 7, 2010

Finally, The Demise of Twitter

According to John Mayer, Twitter is over. My response? Good.
I think Twitter gets a bad rap from people who only know Twitter from the news. My wife has said about Twitter and Facebook "I don't want to know what someone ate for supper." Great, then don't follow those people. And at no time are you required to put that you cooked a delicious chicken and noodles dinner last night (3 hubby points for me). "Ability to" does not equal "obligation to."
I also don't believe it's a place to continue in-depth conversations. The #edchat is extremely popular, and I enjoy seeing the tweets come in. But wow, that's a lot of people and overlapping conversations that easily confuses simple people like myself. I think Twitter is a great place to meet new people and start conversations, but deep, thoughtful exchanges are difficult, in my opinion, 140 characters at a time.
Saying all that, I absolutely love Twitter. I've enjoyed developing friendships with people far away and in the area. It's been great to meet some people I follow in person and see the human behind the avatar. I learn more from the 500+ accounts I follow than I do at most conferences (not all). It is all about who you follow. I don't follow Hollywood celebrities. Why? What value are they giving me? I find my value in the educators and friends (many one in the same) who I get to interact with on a daily basis, 140 characters at a time. So, while John (as I call him) may spend his nights contemplating deleting his Twitter account, I plan on being here for a while. Feel free to hang out and learn with me. Long live the Tweet!

7 comments:

Mike Peterson said...

Great stuff. I agree wholeheartedly with your post. Twitter is as good, or as bad, as you want it to be for you, and you made that point very clear in your post. Nice work.

J Allen said...

Thanks for your feedback Mike. It's people like you that spurred that post and keep me logging back in.

Michelle said...

Even though you live only 15 minutes from me, I probably would never have met you without Twitter. I can say the same thing for people who live 15 hours from me. I heart Twitter for connecting me to other educators around the world.

J Allen said...

*tear* :) Just kidding! I agree. It's a crazy, but good story! Thanks for chiming in.

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Chris O'Neal said...

Such a great take on this...

J Allen said...

Thanks Chris!