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Why you should start using Twitter: “Twitter Literacy” by Howard Rheingold

Whenever I substitute teach in High School or Middle School, I survey my classes by asking “Do you use Facebook?” The answer is usually everyone. But when I ask “Do you use Twitter?” the unanimous response is “No. Why would I?”

Twitter appears to most people to be a vanity tool used to announce what I’m eating for dinner. Howard Rheingold agrees, but sees something there that most people miss:

“Sure, Twitter is banal and trivial, full of self-promotion and outright spam. So is the Internet. The difference between seeing Twitter as a waste of time or as a powerful new community amplifier depends entirely on how you look at it – on knowing how to look at it.”

[From Twitter Literacy (I refuse to make up a Twittery name for it) : Howard Rheingold : City Brights]

When you follow quality users, and dig deeper into trends and tags, you have the opportunity to receive an ongoing education in diverse thinking, news and tools that you can’t find anywhere else.

Give Howard’s article a read for yourself. I think you will find it describes a Twitter you didn’t know existed.

And then, if you are interested, you can follow me here:

http://twitter.com/#!/jefflong2u

Published in Social Networking