All a’twitter for Twitter

November 11, 2008

I’ll admit it – I’m all a’twitter for Twitter. Check out my journey with Twitter at http://twitter.com/mikisew .

I’m following these famous Web 2.0 people on Twitter: Helene Blowers, David Warlick, Joyce Valenza, Terry Freedman, Vicki Davis, Kathy Schrock, Darren Kuropatwa, Donna DesRoches, Lee LeFever (creator of the common craft videos), Doug Johnson, Jack Layton and the perhaps the most prolific Twitterer in my Twitter network on the evening of the US election – Will Richardson. Some of them are even following me! I even received a personal response from Terry Freedman once on Twitter.

In Buffy Hamilton’s Blog about Twitter: she comments that through Twitter can you feel you are “rubbing shoulders with the stars at a Hollywood party.”

I’m also following Youtube, Diigo, Wikispaces, Manitoba Museum and K-12online updates on Twitter.

In my previous post I described my community of communities and how they are related. I started following Donna DesRoches on Twitter after she wrote
at 3:23pm on February 16th, 2008 in our Facebook Groups: Librarians and Web 2.0:

Twitter please! If you are not already part of the twitter http://www.twitter.com network please think of joining. I am very connected to an educational technology community but would love to be in more immediate and direct communication with teacher-librarians. My twitter name is donnadesroches.

I got a comment from bookwyrmish, a teacher in Pennsylvania on my blog a couple of weeks ago, probably because she Googled herself and found that I had referenced her in my blog about Delicious. She must have found my link to Twitter on my blog and now we’re following each other.

Twitter has helped me keep up-to-date on other Web 2.0 applications. When I was having technical difficulties with recording sound on my laptop at work on Voicethreads, I recalled Joyce Valenza’s tweet on Twitter “Has anyone had problems with VoiceThread not recording sound? I can no longer record with new desktops. We tested everything.” 3:55 PM Oct 14th from web. This didn’t lead me to the solution to my problem, but made me realize that if someone else was having difficulties I shouldn’t feel bad and decided to simply use the workstations that were working with recording sound in VoiceThread instead of spending time on advanced troubleshooting.

I watched the Election 2008 Twitters roll in on the eve of the US election – there was a special twitter set up stating “We’re filtering hundreds of Twitter updates per minute to create a new source for gathering public opinion about the election and a new way for you to share your thoughts.” I copied and pasted the following approx. 10 seconds of the scrolling list, all of which I found very illuminating:

ebarrera Avionetazo en Periferico y Reforma? Gobierno de SLP? Pensé que habia sido el de McCain… less than 5 seconds ago

ZakNormandin Like it or not, looks like Obama is going to be the next President. less than a minute ago

Yanwoo So far, so good. Still a long way to go, but quietly confident America will make the right choice and choose Obama less than a minute ago

davidmturner foxnews.com has failed to keep up then. Obama 3 – McCain 8? That’s old news! less than a minute ago

JxnFreePress Exit polls: 17% white vote for Obama in MIssissippi. less than a minute ago

MicheleMT MSNBC says 75% of whites in NC said race was not a factor…24% said it was, 30% of them still voted Obama. less than a minute ago

Mario_AM Obama por delante en Texas less than a minute ago

Sedana Me: 77 to 34? Obama is so going to lose. ;D My sister: …his glasses! My sister: when he’s old! I’m ashamed of my heritage. less than a minute ago

vivaciousv1114 It’s all looking very promising for Obama so far. 😀 less than a minute ago

thecitydesk ALERT- JOE BIDEN HAS KEPT HIS DELAWARE SENATE SEAT. It is his safety school. less than a minute ago

cooldeadsex Mccain said the mac is back lmao less than a minute ago

Charles_ah_um just got a #robocall reminding me to vote for McCain. “Don’t let the democrats steal this election.” 1-866-558-2875. Shall we call? less than a minute ago

circulating Unofficial Election Results McCracken County (home) with 53 of 54 precincts counted McCain & Palin R lead Obama & Biden D by only 130 votes less than a minute ago

ashdanz I voted. Go Obama! less than a minute ago

stephanieho 51% obama 48% mccain IN TEXAS!!! MY VOTE DID SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! less than a minute ago

mistersnappy OK, I’m off to bed. Happy Obama Day everyone! less than a minute ago

BryanKuhn bodega is throwing an obama party, complete with projection tv for results. less than a minute ago

gomi321 watching the election results. crossing my fingers for an obama win less than a minute ago

instruisto @claytonmorris That was the only big state McCain was expected to win. If Obama takes Texas McCain can go ahead and concede. less than a minute ago

emelex I swear if mccain wins va i’m going to kill some of my friends less than a minute ago

There was a similar Twitter with just as interesting scrolling comments the night of the Canadian election.

Here is a list of twitter-related links posted by the highly reknowned and recently retired Marg Stimson of our Manitoba School Library listserv:

After adding my name to the Library Media Specialist list on the Twitter for Teachers Wiki listed directly above, my Twitter network more than doubled.

I see myself keeping up with the “Who’s who?” and “What’s new?” in Web 2.0 with the help of Twitter for a long and happy time.

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