Isn’t everyone using Twitter? If we compare Twitter and Facebook, Twitter has 190 million users while Facebook has 500 million users. There you have it.
Everyone isn’t using Twitter. As a PLN, the numbers clearly favour Facebook. It’s not even close.
But the nagging question remains: Are we missing something, as educators, if we aren’t using Twitter? Is Twitter worth your time?
Let’s look at how most people use Twitter. According to a report by the Pew Research Center in November, 2010: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Twitter-update-2010.aspx
“The most popular activities include sharing personal updates (19% of Twitter users say they do this at least once a day; 72% never do this), posting reflections on their work life (12% do this at least once a day; 62% never do this), and sending tweets with links to news stories (12% do this at least once a day; 55% never do this). Sharing videos and posting locations in tweets were the least popular Twitter activities among Pew’s respondents. Retweeting is fairly common, with 18% of people surveyed saying they retweet once a day or more.
The findings show that nearly half of Twitter’s users check the site for new content every few weeks or less. Nearly a quarter (24%) check Twitter several times a day, while 21% say they never “check for material posted by others.” Twenty percent consult Twitter less than every few weeks.” http://huff.to/gKDj8N
There you have it. In simple language: Twitter isn’t worth your time.
Yet the nagging question remains: Are we missing something, as educators, if we aren’t using Twitter?
If there is one thing every educator knows, it’s this: Statistics serve their masters. No one ever used statistics to prove themselves wrong. We use statistics to prove our cases.
So, what we have is an untold story.
And there is an educator who has taken the time to answer the question, to tell the story. In fact, it’s not even a question anymore.
“Why Educators Should Be Using Twitter”, by Justin Tarte, is an affirmation.
For the record, my PLN would be decimated, almost inconceivable, if it were not for Twitter. For me, Twitter means connections, and connections means access to current, up-to-date, information.
To be clear: Twitter is a fundamental part of my PLN. To be without it would be similar to losing sight in one eye…
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