Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Twitterers that blurt, plop

Expergiscere et coffeam olface[1]

Just read Mr. Keith Burtis, woodworker, media maker, and PodCamp veteran, as a guest blogger on Chris Brogan's blog. http://www.chrisbrogan.com/guest-post-twitter-to-converse-or-to-broadcast-that-is-the-question/
He confirmed what I suspected about TWITTER communications. If you just use it as a place to announce, to sell and to preach, it really won't work because you are not conversing, dialoguing and really engaging in conversation with others.

Example: An organization that I am part of sent me note a few weeks ago asking if I would help announce a particular health campaign item in my TWITTER and BLOG. I did but I didn't like it. I got no reaction, response nor any evidence that anyone paid any attention.

I want to disseminate information but I don't think that just announcing things creates the network and interchange I seek from TWITTER, BLOGGER, LINKED IN and the other tools I'm using. The Brogan/Burtis blog helps distinguish among sharing, promoting, and blurting.
Even when some people seem to be just blurting, I randomly respond to their rants and it's interesting how surprised some are that someone else responds to their posting. I did receive the online equivalent of a cold-shoulder from some educators that were carrying on about their professional in-service and praising a consultant that I consider fairly bigoted and who is gaining great economic and publishing benefit by colluding with common prejudices that many principals and teachers have. I dropped in some comments and was given some quick, dismissive responses. I even emailed some longer articles that logically described my objections and received no further response. It was clear that those teachers didn't want me in their public but actually quite selective online discussion.
(I had been hoping that those whom I was trying to connect with would check my profile, my blog and other online data that would show them that I was a bona-fide educator and could possibly carry on a meaningful conversation. If any of those teachers from that clique did check me out, I obviously didn't meet their criteria. That's OK. I'm also a snob about certain things except I wish they wouldn't dangle their very interesting educator’s chit-chat on my screen. I'm slowly learning the more subtle and intricate aspects of TWITTER communication.)
Let me move away from the TWITTER vines with such low-hanging but very bitter grapes.

I know that just trying to announce, sell and preach doesn't work well on TWITTER and it is not very productive in blogging. Not for the long haul, anyway. It doesn't work in my office, nor with the teachers, parents, students and broader communities that I want to be connected to, and I'll probably occasionally forget my own tenet and then, upon reflection, see why certain on-line communications seem to plop.

What do you think, twitterers and bloggers?

[1] Wake up and smell the coffee. Latin for Even More Occasions. Henry Beard.Villard Books. New York.A.D. MCMXCI

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Lorna Costantini said...

very interesting observations. I call it the gang mentality. The in crowd.
What you are describing happens in f2f communications and group structures just as much as it does on Twitter. It just looks a little different. Don't be put off with silence. Continue to steer your straight course. You are making a difference in ways you don't even know.
I read your twits and your posts. Interestingly I introduced you to twitter and about a month latter someone in my twitter network recommended you to me as guest for the Parents as Partners webcast.
I may not answer and others may not but if you keep on telling your story it will become everyone's story.

L Winebrenner said...


Don't limit yourself and don't take the snubs personally. Look at the big picture. People read your blog, they do not always comment. Blogs and tweets can provide you with an audit trail. There are many more parents out there and you provide information that they may not receive anywhere else.

Just as diverse as your audience is, so go the tools of the users. The more you participate, the more people will read and reference.

I blogged about you participating in the Parents as Partners and participated too. But as a parent, a student, an employee, a volunteer, I do not have as much time to dedicate to blogs, tweets, and casts as I would like. Some links get tagged into del.cio.us for later reference, others referenced on my own blog.

Don't let lack of responses frustrate you. Everyone has to start somewhere...and just think how far along those 1st grade students' blogs will come as they come up through the grades. Our students...well their exposure to blogs is only through MySpace because "social media" isn't discussed in schools unless a law is broken.

So know that you are doing good things. You are reaching more people than you have responses.

This is from my blog about your participation in the EdTalkLive event. I was feeling the Digital Divide rut.

I will join the Parents as Partners online at the K12 Conference, Monday, October 20, 2008 9:00 PM EDT (GMT-4) with Aurelio Montemayor from the Intercultural Development Research Association at www.edtechtalk.com/live

I did send the K12 online conference information to school board members and through the PTSA Newsgroup to inform anyone who might be interested since our school board has raised taxes again and there is a $13.4 million budget shortfall.

Keep on blogging!

loonyhiker said...

I like to see some of the announcements and links that people post but I usually don't comment on it. I do like the ability to have conversations though and I learn a lot from them.