Twitter, microblogging and living in the stream

I hosted one of the technology coffee mornings at the OpenU (still trying that term) the other day, called "Twitter, microblogging and living in the stream". I talked about my use of twitter, and how we need to think of it as a different type of communication. My conclusion was that 'social is the new substratum'. A prize for anyone who can explain to me what I meant by that…

Here is the slidecast, and you can download the Powerpoint from Slideshare:

4 Comments

  1. Hi Martin
    Cant agree more with your “social is substratum” comment.
    I find twitter is more democratic than say forums and also it is very informal way of communication. Boundaries between teachers and students are smudged.
    We are launching a Project called Pacman where we will use twitter for pastoral case management. This is an offshoot of my work with project students where I realised that twitter can be a useful informal coomunication tool with my project students. I used other tools like wiki, e-logs which were more formal in feel as was evident from student comments when I interviewed them.
    some really good thoughts and you help me see it better. thanks.
    Manish

  2. I’ve watched the slideshow and still don’t understand what you mean by ‘social is the new substratum’ – surely ‘the social’ has always underlayed (is that a word?) our actions and activities?
    I also think you’re a bit hasty in using the Gartner hype cycle in an educational document – I don’t think it’s reliable or predictive. However, I do agree with your model for uses of twitter – interesting stuff!

  3. I also think you’re a bit hasty in using the Gartner hype cycle in an educational document – I don’t think it’s reliable or predictive. However, I do agree with your model for uses of twitter – interesting stuff!

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