When Robin Smail and I were asked to do our Twitter Me This? presentation for eduWEB, we looked at the schedule. Looked like the talented like Aaron Rester would be covering twitter and Matt Hertzberger would be covering social media until Robin and I got to the after-lunch bunch.
So how do you cover twitter to an audience who may have already heard a pitch for using it as an institution? How do you cover it to an audience where half is drinking the Kool-Aid and half still thinks it’s a waste of time?
Typically when Robin and I present on twitter, as a team or individually, we cover many aspects, but given these challenges, we decided to emphasize the relationships, the networking, the people of twitter… and have a little fun:
Click here for audio and @omahane’s notes. (Thanks, @omahane. You rock!)
Did it work? I think Karlyn captured the reaction best here.
If the unconverted got anything, I’m hoping that they got that it’s not just about what twitter the tool does. Twitter is about the people on it. Otherwise, maybe we’d be be on britekite.
Just like conferences are about connnecting with people and without the people we could stay at home and to webinars, twitter is nothing without your connections. If you are not doing that, then you just won’t get it.
For my part, twitter and conferences go hand in hand, and I was fortunate to have made more connections. I hope you will add them to you follows as well: @billyadams, @lougan, @mmbc, @petermahoney, and @sashawolff.
One Final Word: This blog itself and its success is a testament to making personal connections, from our followers on Twitter, to our subscribed readers, to the eduStyle People’s Choice Award for best High Ed Blog. These are all because of you sharing us with your connections. Keep it coming and drop us a line.
Photo The circle (of laptops) is complete. We are those guys. #eduweb by opacity.