I was looking through my Google Reader today and ran across another tweet from an athlete that has made the news. James Harrison apparently got himself into more trouble over a suspension when he “LOL’d” it over twitter. This seems to be a common theme in the news and its hard to go a week without hearing about something along these lines happening.
I’m not going to lie, before this semester, this was one of the main reasons why I used twitter. I thought twitter was something I could use to have a laugh every once in awhile and following guys like Conan, I’ve been able to.
From there my use of twitter evolved to serve as a method for acquiring news. I have found that if something happens it is on twitter, and if it is important it is usually a trending tweet. In this way twitter allowed me to have a laugh and also know what is going on.
Over the course of this semester I have found that I was not wrong in how I’ve used twitter before, a lot of people use twitter for just those reasons. What I have come to understand, however, is how twitter is probably one of the largest networks available to me. I was one of those people who said, “Oh, Twitter, that’s silly, I don’t care what you had for lunch.”, but now I understand how much I can learn on twitter.
Twitter has allowed me to connect to people on #edchat who have been teaching for decades. I can learn through them and what they share on twitter and their blogs. Twitter has also been a resource with other things I’ve wanted to learn or explore. This is what twitter has become for me. I still use it to have a laugh and keep up to date on current events but now I also use twitter to learn. Who would of thought?