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From asking questions that require an answer To asking questions that require a conversation.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Twitter Backchannel During Presentations - Revolutionary!


I call BS.

TED Blog has a post entitled How to talk while people are Twittering.  Links to How To are provided.

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This practice of hunching over a phone, Twittering while the speaker presents valuable information, in a short period of time, trying to edit down to what is necessary and enriching is causing quit a stir among leading thinkers.  The post even quotes Dean Shareski as saying that he is more engaged in the content when he gets to "interact and play" with the content.

Is this really revolutionary?

When I was in 7th grade, my teacher called it...

Wait for it...



Just a second more, while my brain recalls things from over 30 years ago...




I remember!  She called it...





TAKING NOTES!



Sometimes I wonder why we are all atwitter over doing the same things in a different way.

Yes, I get it.  You can see everyone's conversation on a screen beside the lecturer.  The lecturer might choose to follow and respond to audience questions.  But raising hands does that too, doesn't it?

I use Twitter...too frequently according to my wife.  I have met (virtually) people from every continent through Twitter, including Antarctica.  I have spoken to them, and they have replied to me.  For me it is about the CONNECTION with people, and their ideas.  Sure, Twitter is what you make it.  Those who Twitter in a conference help me learn, because I am not there.  I was totally hooked for 15 straight hours during the Mumbai siege.  I knew what CNN was going to say 30 minutes later, because Twitterers gave me the information.  CNN now relies on Twitter to fill their time with actual hosts.  It's cool. 

But please, TED folk.  Twitter while someone talks is not a new concept.  As a matter of fact, when I was in grade school, if students were not hunched over, using their hands to take notes, write questions, submit answers, or expand the concept, we got in trouble.  Now we think it is revolutionary. 

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