Largely because I've come across a number of links suggesting how Twitter could be used in education (see below), I've been having another play with it — and frankly I'm not impressed.
Unless I've missed something, there seems to be a major privacy issue. Either spammers are forcing me to "follow" them or else Twitter itself has decided that I've got to follow a certain number of people, whether I'm interested in what they're twittering about or not. Within 24 hours, I found myself "following" (that is, receiving updates from) 24 people, only 3 of whom I'd actually chosen to follow, all of them with over 500,000 "followers".
The result? That when I log in, I am first forced to read the equivalent of junk email, and worse, have to choose to stop following each of the spammers individually, before I start to see the updates from people like Lance Armstrong (1.6m followers) that I am interested in.
>> Twitter in education:
- 25 ways to teach with Twitter (TechLearning.com)
- Nik Peachy on Twitter
- Twitter for Academia
- Twitter education groups ("twibes")
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