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Twitter Chatter

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Well last week we were supposed to join a twitter chat, being new to twitter it took me most of the week to figure out how to join a chat and then I realized most happen in the evening hours.  Sunday evening I was going to participate in the #1stchat chat using tweetchat. I signed in easily and since I’d practiced with tweetchat I was feeling pretty prepared.  However, it was their end of the year review which mostly involved everyone thanking one another for various supports during the year and sharing their summer plans.  I didn’t have anything to contribute to this chat, which is why you should check the chat topic before you decide to chat.  This week I’ll try to get into another chat and will update my progress.  I did use tweetchat as a way to check in on previous chats with groups but not a live chat.  It was cool to see the live chat happening, it reminded me a lot of the chat rooms I used to go to in the late 90s. Somethings I guess don’t really change they just evolve into new forms.  I used to enjoy chatting with people from around the world about common interests (usually books in my case) and chat rooms were all the rage.  Now twitter is the new rage and you can still chat about common interests.  

This weeks tech task has me all excited…PODCASTS!! I love podcasts, especially while driving the eight hours to edmonton to visit my family!  I have a bunch I listen to so watch for my list later this week and I’ll share my journey to find an education themed podcast I like to add to the list.  I’ll also be producing a podcast which is exciting I just need to decide on a topic to talk about.  It’s nice when you get to share something you are really passionate about and why I feel okay about continuing my twitter chat tech task into this week because it won’t leave me feeling overwhelmed.  

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Welcome to the Twitterverse

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Well I took the plunge into twitter last night because of my ECMP class.  I can immediately see the appeal and how you can get a lot of information but I’m feeling almost overwhelmed with the in

formation.  It’s like being at a party with 300 conversations going on around you.  So far I feel like I’m only getting little snippets and not a whole conversation.  I think this is why I resisted for so long because I like more depth to my conversation, perhaps fewer people but longer posts.  I think that’s why blogging has always appealed more to me.  I am glad to be pushed into trying something new.  I do have a couple questions that I’m asking for help with

Help me Notes and Questions!!

I’m very confused by the chat thing on twitter.  I just don’t get it so if anyone has some helpful info or tips about how chat works that would be really great.  Tonight I’ll go digging for some information on chatting and try to figure that out.

Also if I’m at a restaurant would I write “@starbucks” or “at #starbucks”?  Just curious how the grammar thing works.

It’s easy to become complacent and comfortable in a technology rut so I’m glad I’m trying something new. I have a lot of friends that barely email, technology is their enemy and they refuse to learn or join. I don’t understand this technophobia they have I mean I don’t jump on every new technology but if it’s worth exploring new technology.

For a course I took a long time ago I read a book called “Technopoly” by Neil Postman and it’s basic premise was that culture is no longer shaping technology but technology is shaping our culture. Although he offered a compromise he basically set out two extremes that you either submit to technology or resist technology. I think this argument is dated in some ways but that he had some excellent points.  Technology is here to stay so you either learn to use it to your benefit or you ignore it to your detriment.  I think by ignoring technology until you have to use it means that technology manages you.  If you are exploring and open to new technologies you can look for the positives and negatives of the technology and adapt your world accordingly.

I love the way technology makes it easier to connect and share my ideas with more people than I could ever have imagined.  Three years ago when my husband died I tried going to a grief support group for widows but I was the youngest there by a good 30 years.  Online I found other young women who were going through the same thing, I also began blogging at that time as a way to share my thoughts and feelings that were too intense for face to face conversations for me.  Technology literally was a lifeline for me.  Now I live 8 hours away from my family but I get weekly photos and videos of my young nephew via text messages, these photos and videos seamlessly upload to my tv and now form my tv screensaver. This technology connects me to my nephew and brings my family right into my home and my daily life.  By updating my blog and Facebook pages my parents know what’s going on in my life. They have more awareness now of my beliefs and activities than when I lived under the same roof with them.  All these changes in technology that I have embraced were a little overwhelming at the start but now I couldn’t imagine my life without them.  Maybe twitter will make the cut, maybe not but I’ll try it out explore it’s possibilities and then make a decision.  At least I can say that I made a thoughtful decision about my participation or not in this technology.