“Twitter is _______________.”
That was the question posed by Jonathan Becker — J.D., Ph.D., and distinguished guest at the Bammy awards — on the night he took over ADLT 641. My response to that question is Twitter is finally clicking for me!
This past spring semester, the Adult Literacy and Diversity class took on Twitter as a new literacy to explore. While Twitter was not brand new to me then, I was still very much in the lurking phase — or put in a more academic way — still very much in the peripheral participation phase. In a series of blog posts at the end of the semester, I reviewed When and Why I Started Tweeting, Who I am on Twitter, and Where I Think Twitter Falls Short. Since then, the first and second ideas haven’t changed much, but I would like to take another stab in defense of Twitter now that we’ve gotten to know each other better.
By no means have I joined the ranks of Dr. Becker among the Twitterazzi, but I am having more substantive conversations on Twitter, sharing more, and beginning to understand the concept of back channeling (aka tweeting in class). And I geeked out big time when I was recently RT’d by @jeremyhobson from Marketplace Morning Report!
Since those posts back in May, I have doubled the number of people I am following and nearly doubled the number of people following me. I haven’t completely figured out the etiquette, if there even is one, for following people back who follow me. Usually, I will check out their profile, and if I see recent posts that look interesting, I’ll follow them. However, I am still one of those “old school” types who only checks Twitter at night on my laptop (mostly due to having a personal “dumb” phone). The company I work for has Twitter blocked while management continues to struggle with how to capture tweets for FINRA purposes since we are in such a highly regulated industry. All that to say, the time I can devote to catching up on all the tweets I miss during the day is limited, so I am still selective with who I add to my feed.
Where I see great opportunity for Twitter and me is in the ability to tap into a professional community of practice. As I have mentioned ad nauseam throughout this program, I am hoping to make a career change, and while many in the professional network I have built over my 20+ year career in marketing will continue to be relevant, I am looking for ways to expand my contacts within the adult education / training field, and esp. with my budding passion for all these cool social media tools, I think Twitter will be a good place to start. It’s kind of ironic that I started exploring Twitter as a way to stay current on marketing trends and now plan to use it to put my marketing career behind me.