The back story: I teach a course on social media & web2.0 (called Social Networking & Business http://sixdegrees.wikidot.com). For the first time this semester I required students to use Twitter. I borrowed the idea of “14 Days of Twitter” from Karen Miller Russell. She wrote about “48 Hours of Twitter” http://snipr.com/756jg on her blog. (Yes, I’m an overachiever. 48 hours just wasn’t enough.)I walked into class after 14 days of my students using Twitter excited to hear what students thought. I started the discussion asking for quick reactions. The first student to raise his hand (we’ll call him “T”) said “I hate Twitter”. Wow. Where do you go from there?
I used class time to have students sign up for Twitter accounts (only 1 already had an account) and then we walked through the process of following all the other students. They spent a little time learning about direct messages, @replies, and having fun writing silly things. They also selected companies and individuals to follow using this excellent list of Twitter accounts http://snipr.com/757lk. (For those interested, the complete “lab” is available here: http://sixdegrees.wikidot.com/14twitter)
Reaction 1: “I just don’t get it”
Reaction 2: “This is hard!”
“If you don't need to get out of jail and don't witness an accident or catastrophy, what is the point about Twitter?” Day 1 from “J”
“still not fond of this site Day 1 from “T”
“so how many hours a day do you think ppl spend tweeting?” Day 1 from “T
“still not excited about Twitter” Day 1 from “T”
“Oh god this twitter thing is really hard” Day 3 from “D”
“I hate this twitter thing, but it would be nice for a political debate: keep all answers to 140 characters or less!” Day 10 from “F”
“I do not still like twitter...it is a little bit bothering me.” Day 13 from “G”
“Last day of tweeting. I can't wait to go back to the normal blogging. Missed the weekly blog posts.” Day 14 from “O”
“I thought it would be breeze posting 3 tweets a day but it's starting to get difficult. How do i get through the remaining time?” Day 4 from “Y”Reaction 3: 140 characters, Really?
“@Y I also think the same. This is an alternative Facebook and it's beginning to wear me down posting updates” Day 4 from “B”
“I think twitter is the shorter, faster, easier version blog, but sometimes disturbing.” Day 5 from “R”
“well, It is pretty tough to post 3 comments everyday, isn't it?” Day 10 from “G”
“I mourn the day when people form their political opinions around simplistic 140-character Tweets.” Day 14 from “B”Reaction 4: I can’t get this thing to work!
“Next, we need to have debates over chat, IM, or even twitter, that way the message is short, clear and easy to ignore. Day 7 from “F”
“Blaming myself for enjoying developping my thoughts in more than 140 characters. Do u think a blogpost shouldn't exceed 2 tweets?” Day 9 from “L”
“I cant get my phone to work with this thing!” Day 5 from “B”Have something to add? Comments welcomed. Want to hear more? This is one of a pair of posts. The other (will be) titled “14 Days of Twitter Part Two: I Love Twitter” and will include a summary and plans for next semester. Stay tuned.
“T tried to text message twitter as a post but failed. I need figure this out again. Day 12 from “T”
“was trying to fix twitter on my phone without any success” Day 2 from “Y”
“need to set up the text messaging option for twitter” Day 12 from “N”
“this twitteriffic client is pretty glitchy” Day 5 from “X”
“the twitter app on the iPhone keeps crashing... how frustratinggg Day 9 from “F”