Monday 4 July 2011

Unaware of awareness

I have tried and failed many times to get 'into' Twitter - I just feel as though I am missing the point. I'm only following sixteen people and I find it exhausting to try and keep up with everything. Maybe I just follow sixteen very energetic people but everything seems to move so fast that you spend most of your time catching up with what has been said rather than participating. I am not one of those people who can spend all day hooked up to the site constantly monitoring everything that's happening (you know who you are!)

It's a shame really because I know that many discussions happen on Twitter and I do feel like I miss out by not being an active participant. There just don't seem to be enough hours in the day! I do follow conferences on Twitter which I find a really useful substitute for actually being there. I had no idea that there were real time chats so this might be something to investigate in the future. I have been following the cpd23 tweets on and off for the past couple of weeks so maybe I am getting better. Don't think that it will ever really be for me though.

In contrast RSS feeds are something that I use a lot to keep up with the latest happenings. I think they're an excellent idea and so much easier than having to remember to trawl different websites daily. This is obviously me impatient side coming out again! Plus, I know that I would forget to check multiple websites so RSS feeds just make something that could be a pain that much easier and I'm all for anything that makes my life easier at the moment.

Pushnote is something that I'm unfamiliar with. It seems like a really good idea but I wonder how much time I would personally spend rating websites? I know what I like and I like what I know but maybe that isn't such a good thing. Hopefully using Pushnote will encourage me to read things that I might not have found on my own and broaden my horizons a bit. I do tend to be an impatient browser though so I will have to seriously train myself to make proper use of it. This is one to keep my eye on I think but I don't think I can really comment until I have had a decent play about with it.

Overall I think that my current awareness is sadly lacking and this is something that I am hoping to change with this program. If I can take one thing away from cpd23I hope that it's an increased knowledge of my professional world. Here's hoping that I have enough discipline with myself to actually do it...

(Image credit: MadEmoiselle Sugar)

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