posted by Nancy Dick
Well, as Hanson requested, I’ve joined Twitter and am following his posts.
So I try to add my classmates from my UW email account, and I get the friendly message:
“Hmm… you don’t have any email contacts. No big deal, you can search for people later.”
The indirect message here? (since MCDM is, after all, a communications-based program): you’re a loser, Nancy.
Acckk, it appears I’m not popular enough to twitter. So I try to figure out how to set up my address book in WebPine, but to no avail. I have three other email accounts, but most of you live in my UW email world.
Anyway, at least I’ve been able to twitter (or maybe it’s twaddle–could twaddle be defined as someone not really hip enough to twitter?) along enough to follow Hanson’s dramatic storyline of his wife giving birth, and I have to admit Twitter’s a convenient tool to follow “breaking news.” I like the 140 character limit which mandates succinct messages. On the other hand, if you’re my friend and your week didn’t involve, say, the birth of your first child, I can’t wrap my mind around why I might care what you ate for dinner.
Maybe it’s just me. My life’s been severely compartmentalized for years and I’m very protective of my time. Family, work, grad school, friends: each lives in its discrete space in my life. If I think about my kids in the middle of delivering a lecture, or drift into writing curriculum while I’m supposed to read Shirky, my whole carefully-plotted-but-always-precariously-balanced life crashes down. Hence four email accounts and a bad reputation for never checking my cell voicemail (whaddya mean you left me an important message?? I check my other two voicemail accounts.)
So I’ll treat you all with the same courtesy as I’d like to be treated with by refraining from posting twitters about what I had for lunch. And I’ll just be a quiet little twittee, following Hanson and whichever of you fine classmates wants to let me know how to add you so I’m no longer “friendless.”
Next week I promise a less rambling post. Tomorrow I’m going to the IT education futures summit @ Microsoft, where I hope to pick up some fresh fodder for ideas on collaborative learning tools.