I joined Twitter anyway and I have to admit, I see a lot of potential for Twitter. I decided that Twitter would not just be another way for me to share "status updates" with friends & family; instead, I decided I would use is as originally intended: microblogging. Twitter will be my tool for publishing those thoughts that are important enough to share but not substantial enough for a blog post; for sharing interesting links with others; and for the occasional (work-related) status update. Hopefully, it will one day also be a way for me to collaborate with others, but I think I need a few more followers before I can crowdsource.
Twitter @ OMS?
Twitter now has a place in my life (the permanence of which is still undecided), but will it have a place at my school? Maybe. Probably not. At most, I could see Twitter being used as a collaboration tool among a few staff members. Twitter is like having the directness of an email conversation, with the ease of instant messaging, and the added ability to receive public feedback and support. The social nature and inherent conciseness (Tweets are limited to 140 characters) of Twitter are conducive to brainstorming and collaboration.
My experience with Twitter accounts as mini-news feeds has not been very good (I'm looking at you HCLIB & CNET); I do not think that Twitter is the best tool for organizations wishing to publish information. Blogs with RSS feeds are much better tools for this purpose. News-feed type twitter accounts are more akin to the websites that fills your inbox with too many emails that should have been combined into one, with information your don't really care about anyway, but from which you can't figure out how to unsubscribe. Yeah, those. As such, I don't foresee using Twitter to share information with students. To be honest, I don't think middle school students would use Twitter very well, if at all.