Caught on with older, non-traditional users first. (This may not be a bad way to attract more reticent users to try Web 2.0 tools.) Journalists-rapid sharing of news as story unfolds Celebs, athletes, and politicians. Regular people like me. In short, anyone who wishes to have direct and unfiltered access to an audience. Who uses Twitter?
Who is Tweeting? 19% of all online adults Men 17% Women 21% 18-29 years old 33% 30-49 years old 22% 50-64 years old 9% 65 Plus 4% 2009 Pew Report: Twitter and Status Updating
BLOG As much text as the writer desires More bulky—less portable Less interactive than Twitter Brief—only 140 characters Can be quickly read while user is on the go. Rapidly interactive Traditional Blog vs. Twitter TWITTER
The literature is mixed From: Faculty Focus Special Report – Sept 2009, A Magna Publication n = 1958 30% faculty and staff use Twitter Is there a place in Education for Twitter?
Some ‘brave’ professors have students tweet questions during lectures. (Fully aware that back-channel conversations are also occuring) Community-building Short Tweets to stimulate discussion Communication Emergency Notifications Twitter in Education
It is fun It is easy It is free AND, are students are using Twitter Why should I use Twitter?