Tuesday, August 26, 2008

tweet tweet!

School starts in a week and I will have to adjust a few of my habits. For one, I am addicted to Twitter. My school blocks Twitter, which may be a good thing, because I'm not sure I would get much done. Twitter is a way to post stream of consciousness thoughts limited to 140 characters. Here are some sample tweets from my last week of summer.

can you eat sukiyaki one-handed?
making enchiladas and looking at a 3lbs bag of tortilla chips!
i won a $25 dollar prize in a raffle! success!

Now, there is a community of people that actually collaborate and effectively use Twitter for professional reasons. I'm not sure I could do that, or be that committed to keeping up. There are actually entire conversations that play out using less than 140 characters at a time. Check out the example of a Twitter feed from the Cool Cat Teacher Blog where good things are happening on the professional development scene.

What I will miss is keeping up with friends and tracking the minutia of daily life. I have friends that don't have phones, but I could send them a tweet and they would be able to meet me for lunch. I actually...gulp...twittered throughout the first 16 hours of my wife's labor. We had friends and family on both coasts tracking the tweets for news of a baby.

If you haven't checked it out, you should. If your school hasn't already blocked it, tweet like its going out of style...because it won't be long.