Jul 302014

Ok, I am doing this quick post instead of the longer, more thoughtful #TMC14 posts. Sorry, but this is too interesting to let drop.

@JustinAion had an idea to turn your twitter feed into a Wordle to see what it says about what you use Twitter for.

Great! So I did it, and I wondered right away if there would be a significant difference between Twitter and my blog.

So….  [click to embiggen]

Wordle TwitterTwitter

Wordle blogblog


Hmm, What do you notice?  Yea, there are some super, immediate differences. I use Twitter to talk with people. Twitter is about reaching out, sharing and discussing. But now exclude the people, and what do you notice? I see the RT in the lower right. I do share what other people have said, fairly frequently. I also see the “Learners” in the upper left corner. I talk about my learners fairly regularly too. “Think” “School” “Stats” are also fairly common. Makes sense, I am a math teacher.

My blog on the other hand is not about people, unless it is about my learners. My blog is about geogebra (honestly, that surprises me), AP, Tags (that is the sharing resources that I find through Diigo) and lots of learning words: consistently, effort, favorite, questions, mindset, etc.

Is there something truly interesting here? Not sure. But it does show me that I personally use Twitter very differently than I use my blog, and when anyone now asks me why I use Twitter or why I blog, I have an answer.

Twitter (for me) is for reaching out to people and communicating with others.

Blogging (for me) is for collecting thoughts and sharing out resources.

I think that is the most valuable part of the exercise. I learned something very useful for me to use in communicating with other teachers about the technology.

Ok, ok, TMC14 posts are being worked on. I promise.

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