chirp…I mean tweet?

Well…I apparently disappeared from the blogosphere for awhile.  Luckily for me, and you dear readers, the 13 things @ Coe is due tomorrow, so there will be multiple posts to play catch up tonight.

When I went to the assignment page, I had to click on “older posts” to get to the assignment I am on.  Not a good sign.  Nonetheless, on to Twitter.

In general, I haven’t really connected to Twitter and I have not found it overly useful.  Everyone/thing I “follow” is also on Facebook, which I check annoyingly often.  There’s woman on who posted a great article on the Student Affairs Collaborative blog; it said that once she connected to the student affairs community on Twitter, it became much more relevant for her.  I’m guessing that it will for me, too…if that happens.  I addded her on Twitter so that I could ask her how she found that community.  She DMed me asking for my email address.  I gave it to her and we started a conversation about what I wanted my Twitter life to look like.  Here’s what I sent her:

I’m comfortable with Twitter and know how it works — I think.  I haven’t really used it except to “follow” some things that I was already a “fan” of on Facebook — which I use more consistently and feel more connected to others on.  There aren’t really any students on our campus who are using Twitter consistently (or at least that we know of).  None of my peers, colleagues, or friends use it, except for one person (a former cohort member out in San Fran.).

I have used the Twitter website but never any other client.  I do not have tweets sent to my phone.  I rarely check Twitter as I mentioned — I follow all the same stuff on Facebook and I’m already getting the information I want…

I’ve read #sachat transcripts, but even when I’m really interested in the topic, the transcripts are hard to follow.  I have trouble in online chats when seven people are talking at once, too…#sachat is the only Twitter professional chat I’ve even ever heard of.  We’re going to try and use Google wave for a directorate body I’m on with ACPA.

As far as using Twitter, I would just really like to continue to engage with other student affairs professionals, particularly folks who I didn’t go to grad school with or work with.  I LOVE reading the student affairs collaborative and would like to be more able to participate in the #sachat (though it’s at a terrible time for me over the summer).  I was really intrigued by the post you wrote about not feeling connected to twitter until you connected to the SA community on Twitter.  I guess I’m trying to figure out how to connect to that SA community without adding a huge chunk of time to my life.  There are days when I feel like I spend more time on Facebook than actually talking to people : )  Which is the opposite of what I’m looking for…sort of.

So far, I don’t send tweets to my phone (no unlimited texting here) and I just haven’t found it useful enough to add it to my list of websites to check daily.  Maybe I’ll read the whuffie factor and change my mind.  If you want to follow me, I’m ekgeers.  I don’t post anything, so it probably won’t be that interesting for you.

Until ten minutes from now when I complete my next assignment…ekg


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3 responses to “chirp…I mean tweet?

  1. Hi Erica,

    Wanted to send some words of encouragement about diving into Twitter via the #SAchat. It will take some time to get used to, so your initial reaction is totally fine.

    Find a couple mentors (like you already did) and keep asking them questions. The community of #SAchat and The SA Collaborative are amazing.

    Here’s to new explorations in professional development!

  2. Thanks, Tom. I need to invest in asking some more questions. Opening the halls wore me out, but maybe now I’ll have more time to check into this opportunity. I follow the SwiftKick blog as well — thanks for all you contribute to Student Affairs!

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