Twitter is a technology I have never fully appreciated. It’s not that I don’t get it – I have just never delved in very deeply. In Twitter Literacy, Stanford professor Howard Rheingold wrote something that made me feel better about such a gap in my geek-hood.
Twitter is one of a growing breed of part-technological, part-social communication media that require some skills to use productively.
Rheingold provides nearly a dozen reasons why he uses Twitter, including openness, immediacy, variety, and reciprocity. He says that successful use of Twitter involves tuning the network of people you follow, and “feeding” the people who follow you – “If you don’t put out, you don’t get back.” Rheingold’s article and the two pieces listed below provide a good introduction to possible uses of Twitter as a tool in higher learning.