I read a post titled "Preserve Peace of Mind on Twitter by Disabling Retweets" and started to wonder how much peace of mind I might preserve by doing this tech tweak of tweets.
I have a few friends who have been trying "no tech days" or "no social media" weekends. I don't do any longterm unplugging unless I'm on vacation and have lost the connection. I do deliberately leave the phone behind sometimes on walk in the woods or dates with my wife. But sometimes I want the phone camera to record things and sometimes I upload those pictures or announce my location or activities.
Retweets (RT) on Twitter (to repost someone else’s tweet to your own followers) and Shares and Likes on Facebook and other social networks are a big part of the social experience.
As the article points out, retweets can promote community and boost the reach of stories (including your own) and point you to new people.
But there are people who seem to retweet a lot more than say anything original. To be kind, I could say that they are helping to filter things of interest for you from the landslide of things out there. But retweeting is also a spammish way to try to gain followers (along with following everybody you can find).
You can disable retweets from a particular account without unfollowing the account and still get their original tweets. Some people do that using a Twitter client (like Tweetbot) and you can do it in Twitter (more details in that article).
But should you?
I am looking forward to speaking at NJEDge.Net's 15th Annual Faculty Showcase on March 28, 2014.
Last year, I spoke about Massive Open Online Courses just ahead of teaching one myself. That was "Academia and the MOOC" which was offered with NJEDge.Net through Canvas Network last spring.
This year I will be back as the lunch plenary and I'm calling my talk "MOOC: The Seven Year Itch" since the MOOC is now 7 years old.
If 2012 was the "Year of the MOOC", then what happened in 2013 - and what will become of the MOOC in 2014?
I will give an update on the past year in Massive Open Online Courses and a sense of how they are really impacting education and training.
The morning speaker is Dr. Erin Templeton an Associate professor of English at Converse College and a fellow lover of poetry. But for this audience, it is more that she is a regular contributor to The Chronicle of Higher Education blog, ProfHacker.
Event information at njedge.net/activities/facultyshowcase/2014/
What if the characters of Broadway's The Importance of Being Earnest (2011) traveled through a time warp and woke up on the beach with Snooki and the gang of MTV's Jersey Shore?
The cast puts 'Jersey' in the mouths of Oscar Wilde's famed Britons. Think of it as a comedy of bad manners.
Part 1 in a multi-part series is this video, "Jersey Shore" Gone Wilde presented by cast in this video series created for Playbill by 'Earnest' stars Santino Fontana and David Furr.
Someone with time on their hands and death and Hitchcock on their mind has put together a video (click for larger size) that has the murder/death scenes from 36 of Hitchcock’s films all synchronized (on a very split screen) so that they all rush to a deadly synchronized climax.
I suggest you keep the sound low at first - the cacophony of all the soundtracks playing at once is a bit much - but it works well as one by one the scenes disappear from the screen.