Twitter“So let me get this straight…you’re just letting people know what you’re doing when you do this?”

“Right.”

“And you call it ‘Tweeting’?”

“Well, uh, yeah. It’s kinda like a bird letting you know where he’s at, I guess.”

“And you do this how often.”

“Depends. Maybe 4, 5…10 times a day. It doesn’t take that much time, really.”

“Like how much time?”

“Dunno…maybe 10-15 minutes, total.”

“And all you’re doing is letting your friends know what you’re doing, right? At any given moment.”

“Right. But they’re not all friends in the standard sense. I mean I’ve never met some of these people.”

“And they let you know what they’re doing.”

“Right.”

“Even people you don’t know.”

“Right”

“Why?”

“Dunno.”

“Like that guy teachanlearn is ‘Reading RSS’ and he wants you to know that?”

“Um, I guess. But he also wants me to click the link there too.”

“Well, where does that go?”

“Dunno…let’s find out…it’s a blog post about a new WordPress theme.”

“And he felt the need to ‘tweet’ that?”

“Apparently.”

“Uh-huh.”

“I know. It’s kinda hard to explain. I mean I didn’t really get it at first…still not sure if I do.”

“You know all these people…how many?”

“Twenty-eight right now. They’re all in my network.”

“The network.”

“Right. My teachers…my classroom…remember? We talked about this.”

“Right. And these other people, these ‘followers’. How many?”

“Um, 209 right now.”

“209! And they want to know what you are doing?”

“I guess so, though I can’t imagine why.”

“But you only follow 28.”

“Right.”

“Does that upset them?”

“Who?”

“All those people who are ‘following’ you that you’re not ‘following’.”

“I dunno. I hope not. I can’t follow more than this many right now.”

“But I still don’t get it. Why do you want to follow them at all?”

“It’s just another layer of the connection, I think. I mean on some level, I like knowing that Chris missed his plane or that John’s doing a wiki workshop or whatever. It’s not important stuff on any major level, but it adds something.”

“Like what?”

“I don’t know. Just…just…presence. Just this weird presence thing. And depth. I can’t really explain it.”

“Presence.”

“Well, more than that. I mean a lot of people post links and resources and ask questions and stuff. I learn from it too.”

“And people answer? So it’s like IM, right?”

“Um…no. I don’t do this for conversation, though it turns into that sometimes.”

“I don’t think I get it.”

“I don’t either.”

“Then why do you do it?”

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