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University of Twitter

The future?

So. My first blog post – of any substance anyway. I have been thinking about this awhile so thought I would kick off with this. Twitter, as an educational tool. I told you, I was rock and roll…

Now that may turn off a lot of you right away, because even though there are millions of people that do get twitter, there are tens of millions that don’t. I was one of them, honestly! I didn’t get it for the longest time, and I think I read in WiredUK magazine that the founder of twitter thinks that twitter is different to everyone, that you can’t get it until you try it. I think he’s spot on. But my post isn’t going to be about twitter generally, but more about how useful it is for people to actually learn skills – especially new media/design skills. I guess that is what I use twitter for – write what you know huh!

What do I mean? Well depending who you follow, you will get some really cool links to things, from pictures of Rhianna…erm to how to guides to using Photoshop. If you follow the right people you can learn the basics and advanced skills of WordPress (I am trying), Photoshop, CSS and so much more, as well as reading authorities on subjects that you would pay to listen to.

But it doesn’t stop there, routinely asking questions goes a long way – does anyone know where I can get a cool twitter button from? Etc etc. It may feel like shouting into an empty room when you first start but stay with it and you can learn so much about all sorts – its like the cheapest university in the world but even better – because if you do get answers from the experts then you are cutting out the lecturer.

Not that I am saying Universities are in demise…but how many hours do most students spend at lectures? Contact time is smaller and smaller – maybe twitter can be the gap in between. But I don’t know how you keep it cool if universities start posting lecturers via twitter!

So back to some more examples, along with Youtube I use Twitter a lot to learn about Photoshop and a lot of design principles as well as social media and trends. Simple. But I actually do learn and take things in from the links I get – not sure that was the same when I was at University, why? Maybe it means more, maybe the learning’s are easier to understand who knows. But I really do learn from what I read and see. It has got me out of a few tight spots – especially Photoshop! I am definitely not an expert!

 So as I am writing this I am thinking that I need to give some cool people to follow. Didn’t plan to – but I guess I should otherwise I have no real wisdom to impart! So the following people are cool and interesting people that I have honestly learnt from – sorry if I missed you out – there are a lot of people and I don’t want to be another list person!

@tripwiremag  – lot of stuff about twitter – especially when a noob
@Econsultancy – digital marketing and media
@timoreilly – general web and new media – fantastic
@BoagLinks – great web design links
@ThirdSectorLab – all things charity web.
@Mazi – great social media links
@renate – cool cat – lol cool spotify lists
@nathanmcdonald – another social media expert
@jemimakiss – all things tech – fantastic
@mashable – need I say more? Probably one of the most retweeted and followed new media people
@DiFlatt – fundraising extraordinaire
@mikecj – blogging support and just all round cool link-er.
@ThatCssGuy – what it says on the tin.
@the_gman – general new media and web
@cameronolivier – Design genius.

 I could add hundreds more, check out my followers, they are pretty cool I think.

 Hmm this blog has evolved somewhat more than I thought it would but basically I use twitter to learn!

Feedback welcome, thinking I have to hone my writing skills again, this is far too long a post. But bare with me and I appreciate the read.

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About RKtalks

I mange social media and online communities at the BHF. Lover of digital and social media, football, fashion and food.

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