Microblogging is a new word to me. When you break it down, it makes perfect sense. Micro = small, blogging = writing opinions, therefore, micro+blogging = short thoughts. Enter twitter. Twitter is a unique way of communication, primarily because users are limited to 140 characters, including spaces and punctuation. I have not been interested in joining the world of twitter, but I am taking a new Technology in Kinesiology class at Fresno Pacific University, and we are required to join twitter. So, like so many thousands of other people have already said, "Follow me on twitter! @kelsommer."
I have mixed feelings about social media, twitter included, being intertwined with education. The first thing I think of is students. I refuse to be friends with any students on Facebook until they have graduated, and I have similar feelings about twitter. I don't care to see things that my students post, and there are things that I post that I would prefer to be just for me and my x00 friends on Facebook. If I wanted information to be private, I wouldn't post it. I get that. But there is a line that I want to draw between my students and my non-school life, and it begins with a social media separation.