Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett

Most people do not share anything. Nothing. If they have signed up for Twitter, it is to lurk or to read news. The idea that a social network could ease people into sharing more widely with the world their thoughts and ideas is what is so engaging about Google+.

You are right that those of us who have used Twitter for this aspect of Serendipity would be missing out on something if we only used Circles. But for the vast majority of Learners, Teachers, and Students have never been comfortable with sharing and are terrified of sharing things with the “public” (a la Twitter). We should encourage them to make circles and share within a team of dedicated and encouraging individuals. And we should encourage them to add us to their circles so that we can reshare. We should also show the benefits of sharing publicly. We should show how serendipitous it can be to look at those who have commented and add them to those whom we listen to and want to engage with.

One more thought:

I have found Google+ to be more serendipitous as of late because I cam able to “follow” people easier than I have ever been able to do on Twitter because I can do so just by hovering over their name. The conversations on a hashtag, generally don’t support learning so well as conversations that I am intentionally engaging in with people that I already know.

My learning is co-created, but I learn best with those that know they are challenging my thinking, not those that just want to push out a controversial opinion. Anyway, I could have posted a comment on the blog, but I thought Plus might be good way to continue the conversation too. I’ll link to the post in case people don’t know what I’m talking about.

http://edte.ch/blog/2011/07/15/will-google-encourage-us-to-sidestep-serendipity

6 Comments

  1. For me to stay sane, I have had to pick one network to share on and lurk when I have time on the rest. The network that clicked for me is Plurk. I am able to follow deep conversations (when I’m in the mood) and actually get responses there.

    I choose not to post from one network to all the others; just doesn’t work for me to let things hang out there on a network I don’t intend to visit regularly. I’ve found it takes more time to actually read through conversations and respond to posts on Plurk, rather than just thinking about my own posts; maybe that’s one reason why Twitter is more appealing to busy educators and others. Some think that if one isn’t active on Twitter than that person is not active, period. There are other games in town, lol.

    I’m hoping with G+ I have a chance to follow a wider group of people while also being able to better follow conversations. It will be interesting to see if others really want more interactions or prefer to stay with what they are used to….

  2. For me to stay sane, I have had to pick one network to share on and lurk when I have time on the rest. The network that clicked for me is Plurk. I am able to follow deep conversations (when I’m in the mood) and actually get responses there.

    I choose not to post from one network to all the others; just doesn’t work for me to let things hang out there on a network I don’t intend to visit regularly. I’ve found it takes more time to actually read through conversations and respond to posts on Plurk, rather than just thinking about my own posts; maybe that’s one reason why Twitter is more appealing to busy educators and others. Some think that if one isn’t active on Twitter than that person is not active, period. There are other games in town, lol.

    I’m hoping with G+ I have a chance to follow a wider group of people while also being able to better follow conversations. It will be interesting to see if others really want more interactions or prefer to stay with what they are used to….

  3. For me to stay sane, I have had to pick one network to share on and lurk when I have time on the rest. The network that clicked for me is Plurk. I am able to follow deep conversations (when I’m in the mood) and actually get responses there.

    I choose not to post from one network to all the others; just doesn’t work for me to let things hang out there on a network I don’t intend to visit regularly. I’ve found it takes more time to actually read through conversations and respond to posts on Plurk, rather than just thinking about my own posts; maybe that’s one reason why Twitter is more appealing to busy educators and others. Some think that if one isn’t active on Twitter than that person is not active, period. There are other games in town, lol.

    I’m hoping with G+ I have a chance to follow a wider group of people while also being able to better follow conversations. It will be interesting to see if others really want more interactions or prefer to stay with what they are used to….

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