Twitter for the real world

Twitter is getting some hype lately. The fun part of the hype is that it lacks any real explanation of what twitter is about, and generally any real understanding. So I’m going to help out by offering some examples of how twitter can positively impact your life, and not just by getting endless tweets sent to your phone or browser.

Twitter for sports teams
This one is for the soccer moms and team managers. Let’s say you’re showing up to a game only to find that there’s another sport happening, or no goal posts, or a vast hole in the ground. It happens. In pre-Twitter America, you would need to find a new field, and then assign somebody to wait around until everyone else shows up…because even with a call list somebody doesn’t have their phone and they are running late. And calling everyone on a call list is a hassle.

Enter Twitter. Create a twitter account for your team. Have everyone follow it (players and soccer moms). Send your message: “Game moved to Washington Elementary. June, don’t forget oranges slices.” Simple. Done.

Twitter in Education
I’ve had a few conversations about kids, education, and the new technologies. Latest was last night with a teacher friend. We were chatting about parent conferences, and the impact of them. One of the pain points was in communication around homework. The student insists that they don’t have any homework (untruth). The parent finds out about the problem at the conference when the grade has already suffered.

Again twitter is your friend. Create a twitter account as the teacher. Share the account to students and parents and ask them to follow you. This account is only for classroom-related information. For each class, simply tweet the assignment after the bell. Announce field trips, class news, awards, whatever.

  • Mike

    Thanks for enlightening me Rick. I didn't even know really what twitter was (except that it sounds really annoying) much less that it could have practical value.

  • http://sarahdenman.wordpress.com Sarah

    great post, Rick! thanks for sharing your thoughts on Twitter – very well put together!

  • mom

    Another comment along the lines of education and Twitter is a teacher informing parents about what is going on during the day at school. When the child gets home and the family is sitting around the dinner table and the parents ask about their day, the child often says nothing happened. This way the parent can say, instead, tell us about Jenny's new dog, or how was the dodge ball game, etc.