Why Am I Still Using Social Media?

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Since the inception of social media which emerged in and around 2005-07, it has gone from something as silly and useless to essential and powerful to dangerous and divisive. Perhaps all of those elements remain in some respects but certainly, the danger and divisiveness is the dominant narrative. If you’ve watched The Social Dilemma or done any other extensive reading, you’re quite aware of the harm it has and continues to cause our society. There isn’t a current issue that isn’t ripe for controversy, misinformation and vitriol. We’re overheating everywhere.

When I joined Twitter in 2007, it was definitely a silly and seemingly useless space. There were no such thing as followers, hashtags or mentions. As someone interested in the power of connectivity and networking, I found it to be a fantastic way to find interesting people. While some were already using it as a space to share serious and useful content, I just wanted to get to know others. As an educator is was a virtual staff room. A place where educators would come together to try and get away from the challenges of teaching but … Read the rest

Delight 8: Rex Chapman’s Tweets

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There are many delightful people tweeting delightful things. But perhaps the best known is Rex Chapman. I actually remember him as a basketball player. His twitter account has emerged over the last year by building off the “block or charge” meme which is a riff off the basketball call officials have to make every time a foul around contact is called.

He has a knack for curating great video tweets. Many are funny but he also seems to have coined the tweet, “This is the content I’m here for” which are typically stories that show the best of humanity.

Case in point…

There are so many adjectives to describe that, everything from beautiful to heart-warming. I see it as … Read the rest

What Do You Do With All Your Photos?

 

I’m always curious about what people do with their photos either personally or professionally.  Abundance doesn’t always translate to usefulness. Which is what prompted my question and specifically to go beyond posting to Twitter, which is great but had me wondering about other ideas.

I had a number of great responses. While folks could find them by searching my feed, I like being able to collect them and share them better. Storify used to be a great tool but it died. Twitter moments is a nice option but recently found out about Wakelet which does tweets but like Storify allows you to add content from other sources. At any rate, here are the ideas shared.

 

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Sometimes I’m not Very Bright

Depending on who you ask “Sometimes” is a very loaded word.

As someone who has been pretty vocal about the limitations of Twitter, I should know better.

I’ve railed against the use of pithy tweets and so only moments after I send this baby out did I realize that:

  1. I was guilty of breaking my own rule.
  2. I had started a small fire storm.

Immediately the retweets and likes started flooding in. I hopped on a plane and landed to see the error of my ways. This tweet, in particular, reminded me of what I had done.

They’re right. It was a rather insulting tone and that was the moment of regret. I wanted to start a conversation but the awkward tone, lack of nuance, and labelling teachers  with such a volatile topic polarized the tweet rather … Read the rest

People I’ve Never Met That You Might Follow

My friend Paul McGuire is doing a session at our upcoming Day of Discovery event in Ottawa and asked me for some people I’d recommend to follow on twitter. I was hesitant to respond because I feel it’s a fairly personal choice. So rather than giving handles via twitter, I thought I’d blog about it to also show that the this is likely a better medium to have more contextual conversations.

In addition, I thought I’d challenge myself to share the handles of people that I’ve never met, yet still think are worth following on twitter. It’s easy for me to recommend folks I know because I read them in context and understand their voice. Twitter is a hard space to figure that out without significant time investment. Here are a few people I think have something to offer that I’ve not met but know after reading them for some time.

@wmchamberlain I’ve known Will for a long time but only online. I’m not sure if he’s ever spoken on a big stage but I would consider him a thought leader. He’ll challenge you as well as encourage you. Personable and wicked smart.

@sylviaduckworth Sylvia has become a go-to person … Read the rest