….well, that’ll be the first thought I have if, heaven forbid, Twitter disappeared tomorrow.
Someone asked me the question recently, “If Twitter went kaput, was lost and disappeared, what would you do?”
For a moment, well actually it was a little more than a moment, panic set in. No one had asked me that question before, and it’s a very valid one.
Twitter is a tool I use to connect with my personal learning network. If that connection was lost, what would my PLN look like? How would I communicate?
Firstly, let’s look at my main purposes for Twitter, besides connecting with my PLN. My Twitter network acts like an information filter. I have hundreds of ‘pairs of eyes’ looking out for relevant, thought provoking and important key professional information which feeds into my professional development activities. Twitter is also a channel through which I contribute and share information, ideas and reflections.
Now take Twitter out of that equation.
And I realise a few things: –
- Connecting with my personal learning network would become….. very……. slow. Circulation (and even generation) of ideas, issues and trends would seem like forever. A lot more time would have to be spent seeking, sorting and processing information, making careful judgements on what is significant to the profession, what I need to consider and what I can discard. My sounding board would be taken away if Twitter disappeared.
- I do have other tools for connection, such as this blog, so I would probably put out a ‘message in a bottle’ to see where I could connect with others again. I would really miss my peeps!
- I’ve survived without Twitter before. And so I could survive again, if I had to. Plus there’s conferences and tweet ups! ….oh wait, you couldn’t call them ‘tweet ups’ without Twitter, ooops.
- I would heavily rely on my local, face-to-face PLN members to point me in the direction of where others were ‘meeting’.
I recommend really having a think about this. I’ve shared just a few initial thoughts. Seriously, what would you do? Please share!
BAM! Twitter’s gone…..Go!