As an Elementary Education and Writing Arts Major as well as an avid tech-user, I find it interesting to learn other venues of writing within technology. One venue I have been exploring is Twitter. Twitter is a powerful social networking tool that forces users to compress their messages to a maximum of 140 characters. Within these messages however, there are a variety of hyperlinks such as hash tags, which link your message with others of the same hashtag (#) (usually a theme for the tweet), shortened links, and interacting with other users by using the “@” symbol in front of their name. The interesting thing about twitter is that it requires a specific command of language and writing skills to utilize its potential.
To learn this set of skills, one must first experience the community first hand, making Twitter the perfect for teaching micro-blogging while building a professional network, such as what I am taking now in my Technologies for Future Writing class at Rowan University. I may be learning this in college, but what if learning these strategies started in high school? Students can prepare themselves for the real-world of writing, expand their outreach, and build a portfolio.