My Personal Learning Network, AKA… PLN

TWITTER… It’s a love / hate relationship.  And, it’s been my Personal Learning Network for Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) class work I’ve been taking at Plymouth State University.

 

 

I find Twitter, and other social networking platforms a wonderful way to briefly explore people, subjects, news topics, and even entertainment.  But, and this is a big BUT, (no pun intended) in the daily demands and sensory overload of media, electronic devices, politics, school, household chores, social obligations, and time to disconnect from it all, it never seems I balance it appropriately.

I think I am one of those people who is actually addicted to my cell phone or lap top.  I spend way to much time checking email, facebook, and so forth, and never enough time outside and disconnected from it all.  I need to work on that.  Really, I do.

So, Twitter has been something I’ve tried to keep at arms length for my own protection.  I’ve embraced it, but not used it to it’s absolute full potential.  I’ve made good use of networking with my fellow IDS classmates (#IDSsem, #IDSintro, #PlymouthIDS), I’ve explored Business Week, Forbes, Human Resource related organizations and groups (such as SHRM and Non-Profit Quarterly).   I’ve also followed the NY Times, NHPR, and even political figures I respect (and some I don’t), as well as organizations like the ACLU.  It’s been good.  I can definitely see the quick networking use of Twitter.  And I have to say, if I were still in the working world I would embrace it even further.  I’m glad I had an “Introductory to Twitter” so to speak.  I feel better informed of what is out there, I’m not quite as intimidated by it, AND I see the pros and cons.  I’m glad IDS has exposed me to yet another learning opportunity.

So, to give you a bit of a recap of my tweets from the last semester, I share with you these clips:

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