I learn something new from my students every time I teach, as well as from Beth Kanter whenever I am fortunate enough to work with her. This week in the last of my seven-session NTEN Leadership Series, I co=presented with Beth on “The Next Latest Things: The Future of Tech in Nonprofits”, mainly focused on Web 2.0® and Social Networking.
I finally learned what Twitter was about as Beth gave a great live example of how she was able to make a “tweet” – Twitter language for writing a short update on what you are doing, where you are or what you are thinking about – about doing the training. She has over 600 people who listen to her tweets, so within just few minutes people were sending “replies” about what she wrote.
How can a person listen and talk to hundreds of people in virtually real time? I was really impressed about the immediacy and using the technology to tap into the wisdom of the group, but I still have a hard time wanting to do it myself. I think many like me already feel overwhelmed just with email and other things we want to read, so getting involved ins something like this seemed like something for which I am not quite ready.
My other learning was about digg.com. One of the students in the session mentioned that he goes in to see sites that people “dig” and then they post it on the website. As more and more people agree that they too “dug” the site or a story, its ranking goes up higher. The student shared that he often reads about news days before he reads it in the mainstream press and that is one of the things he likes about it.