I am a sometimes early adopter of new technology. Since family life has hit me in the face, my energy for newness has slowed somewhat. Mr. Hipteacher's jollies about iPhone apps haven't rubbed off on me--mostly because he's jazzed to have a sound pressure meter always at his disposal, and I hardly even know what that is--and I secretly want to hang on to hard-back books and vinyl records (not because I am old but because they are cool). But I'm not a total luddite. Really.
That said, I'd like to admit that I totally don't get Twitter. I've read about it and heard about it. NPR tells me about it on my commute. I see Facebook friends are all over it. But, so far, I've been nonplussed.
But I've decided to give it a try for two reasons.
1. The headmaster of my new school wouldn't shut up (in a good way) about Twitter during his opening of school speech. He mentioned its relevance in Iran over the summer and how we can't be closed to new technology just because it is new. He encouraged us to explore the unknown. And then he said some stuff about Leonard Cohen that I totally can't remember anymore but made me think he seemed really neat.
2. I listened (while in a supply closet pumping milk--more on that later) to a podcast that Bud the Teacher did for the K12 Online Conference 2009 about the difference between networks and communities, and I decided I really like the idea of creating a personal learning network. Then I saw that Hedgetoad is going to plan with other teachers online (so fun!), and everything seemed to be jiving in the same direction.
And so I am jumping into the Twitter, and I will see what I shall see. I found a couple familiar bloggers to follow, like Dana Huff, who totally lives in the town where I grew up (!), and I made a proud little widget for my sidebar here.
Then I was instantly followed by a rather objectionable person who promised to show me things I did not want to see.