Among the quotations I've hoarded over the years is this one:
A culture of 'read it, print it, punch two holes in it, file it and call it learning'
I can't attribute it to whoever said or wrote it but the quotation springs to mind every time I hear the words "Facebook" or "Twitter" — or see interesting posts on blogs which dozens of people, sometimes hundreds, have "liked" but none have "commented" on, at least not on the original blog. Now, don't we have a culture of "like it (or tweet/retweet it) and call it learning"?
At the risk of sounding like the grumpy old man I am quite possibly becoming, I particularly dislike Twitter. Perhaps Chatter would actually be a better name for it. When birds twitter, their song is meaningful; when monkeys chatter in the jungle they're as often as not just making as much otherwise meaningless noise as possible in order to become the dominant male.
I've previously abandoned Twitter but now, with some reluctance, I've opened a new account. On it, my intention is to tweet one thing a day that I think might be useful to language teachers (and one thing only). It's already got off to a bad start: I missed Day 2 (!) but we'll see.
Partly it's a question of trying it out over a period of time (the best, possibly the only way, to learn to use a new piece of technology and to discover its potential, as well as to overcome a prejudice against it, which as you can see I freely admit to).
One of the biggest advantages of 21st century technology is that it allows us to share things with other people (including our learners) and thus help them and it ought also to allow us to comment on them and discuss them, which blogs do, but (says Doug Johnson) Twitter does discussion only very badly.
If you follow me on Twitter, you'll see how long I can keep it up. You'll get no tweets about what I'm having for breakfast, promise!