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  1. John

    I somewhat agree. I often describe Twiter like a party. Hashtag = Address
    Moderators = Host
    Then you have the different typical party goers. Everything from "wallflowers" to the "life of the party".

    However I also use it as a tool. If I were to assign it a tool, I might call twitter a flashlight. It helps me see more clearly what I want to do as an educator. I also use a flashlight when I'm looking for something. I go to twitter often when I can't find a resource on my own.

    So while I see your point and I prefer to think of social media as a place, I also see it as a tool.

    Thanks for the thought provoking post.

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    1. Thanks for adding a little nuance and perspective here. Maybe it is a tool. Maybe it can be a flashlight for finding things.

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  2. I had similar thoughts about Twitter earlier this year with this post:

    http://curtrees.com/2012/03/02/go-beyond-twitter-to-deepen-your-pln-and-knowledge/

    I often see Twitter as a cocktail party. Lots of people having quick exchanges amidst a lot of noise. But through time, relationships are formed and real learning happens.

    It's good to step away from it from time to time. You get away from the noise and get a chance to really focus on your own thoughts.

    Thanks for the post John, and thanks Brett for the previous comment.

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    1. Thanks for the link, Curt. I like the cocktail party metaphor.

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  3. John,
    I don't know if Twitter is a tool, a place, or a medium of learning. . .but what I do know is that I did notice that you haven't been around. . .and you were missed. . .that is what Twitter is for me. I come to depend on the relationships/network that I have here. . .something about its informality that allows many of us to just be ourselves without pretense. . .and reconnect easily after time away. . .

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    1. Thanks, Jeffery. I think you nailed it that it's a place to reconnect and find our place.

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  4. great comments for someone new to the twitter world. thanks for sharing.

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  5. great comments for someone new to the twitter world. thanks for sharing.

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  6. It has been interesting catching reflections of many others lately regarding their social media use and its role in education, etc. I started to wonder if people ever reflected about their telephone or email use in the past as much :). Regardless, the driving force does seem to be about people and community. We keep lines of communication open through various ways because of the people and relationships we want to maintain. Do we feel just as bad for not returning an @ reply as a phone call now? It still may have more to do with the connection to the person, than the tool.

    Enjoyed your thoughts, John.

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  7. Dug this John. Every bit of it.

    Especially the idea that "using Twitter" is a lot like "using a Church or a bowling alley."

    That resonated.

    Thanks for reminding us that relationships are the key. Twitter just makes those relationships possible.

    I needed that.
    Bill

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