I recently attended an on campus faculty-led seminar on social media. At the beginning of the session the presenters asked the audience some general questions about their social media use. I was surprised by how many faculty and staff weren’t using Facebook in their personal or their professional life let alone Twitter or other social networking site. Only one person said they tweet on a regular basis and most said they don’t use social media in their daily life.
It is these instances which make me realize how important it is that we, as technology advocates, educate, inspire and encourage implementation of technology into the daily lives of educators.
During the seminar we talked about the concept of Twitter, micro-blogging and real time information. It was apparent that many educators in the room weren’t ready to run back to their office, open a Twitter account, and start tweeting.
Yet that doesn’t mean we can’t be aware of the conversations going on in the virtual world.
One product that allows us to do this is Google Realtime.
Google Realtime allows you to search the web for real time results as they are posted. The feature was originally released in December of 2009 but significant improvements were made to the system in 2010.
See what Google Developers have to say about the product’s features from Google’s Blog:
This product allows users to search information from multiple sources not just Twitter, Facebook, or a single news site.
And while the room may not yet be filled with Twitter lovers
The first step is to be passively involved in the subject matter, the next step is to be actively engaging in the discussion.