"Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications."
"Twitter is ranked as one of the 50 most popular websites worldwide by Alexa's web traffic analysis. Although estimates of the number of daily users vary because the company does not release the number of active accounts, a February 2009 Compete.com blog entry ranked Twitter as the third most used social network based on their count of 6 million unique monthly visitors and 55 million monthly visits. In March 2009, a Nielsen.com blog ranked Twitter as the fastest-growing site in the Member Communities category for February 2009. Twitter had a monthly growth of 1,382 percent..."
Prof. Oakley is using Twitter to create a "personal learning network". He subscribes to the Twitter feeds of a number of people who post "tweets" that are of interest to him - in areas such as online learning, learning technologies, H1N1 pandemic flu, Spanish language acquisition, and personal finance. In turn, he posts tweets in these topical areas for others to follow. Anyone can follow his Twitter feed at:
This semester, Prof. Oakley is experimenting with using Twitter to provide regular updates about his activities in the CSC442 Section B class. You can follow his Twitter feed for CSC442B at:
If you are new to Twitter, you might want to create a free account at twitter.com, and then search on topics that you are interested in - and then "follow" authors that are posting "tweets" that seem interesting to you. For example, if you are interested in #onlinelearning or #edtech, you might want to follow UIS Prof. Ray Schroeder at:
Other interesting people and organizations to follow include:
Tim O'Reilly - http://twitter.com/timoreilly
The Sloan Consortium - http://twitter.com/SloanConsortium
Online Learning Update - http://twitter.com/onlinelearningu
Jim Vanides - http://twitter.com/jgvanides
Alex Pickett - http://twitter.com/alexpickett
You can do a Twitter search on topics that are of interest to you - and hopefully find some good EDUCATIONAL tweets, which will help YOU form your own "personal learning network" in Twitter.
And, of course, please let the workshop participants know if you are "Twittering", so that they can follow you. [You can simply post a message in Moodle to let everyone know.]