09 June 2009

Twittering past Pareto

Pushing past Pareto's Law (80/20), twitter authorship appears to be about 90%-written by 10% of the platform's users. That analysis, from Harvard Business Publishing's blog, concludes that twitter is a one-way and one-to-many venue. It also leads some people to conclude that those who twitter are self-absorbed.

An older source (from 2008) puts twitter in perspective for teaching in higher ed: academHacK's Twitter for Academia. That article itemizes 12 uses of twitter for academic and teaching purposes. The academHacK recommends use of the tool to build community for learners as well as specific assignments, such as rule based writing. While admittedly longer than a tweet, academHacK's article is concise and wastes no words.

© 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Email contact: bold[AT]marybold.com. The content of this blog or related web sites created by Mary Bold (www.marybold.com, www.boldproductions.com, College Intern Blog) is not under any circumstances to be regarded as legal or professional advice. Bold is the co-author of Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. She is a consultant and speaker on assessment, distance learning, and technology.

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