Unfortunately, many people still view Twitter as a place to post what you had for lunch! Even when you try to explain Twitter to someone it usually doesn’t work. They just don’t “see” the value. In fact, just recently released Twitter stats by Pew Internet Research show that only 11% of adults have used an online service like Twitter.
Maybe a better way to convince them is visually. I posted “Display the Power of Twitter to Your Admins Visually” using a tool called TwitterMap. Unfortunately, that service has seemed to bite the dust! Another way to visualize tweets is by using TwitterFountain. I really like TwitterFountain because it is highly customizable. Take a look at my TwitterFountain creation using #edtech:
TwitterFountain allows you to insert a keyword, get slideshow background images from Flickr or Picasa or insert your own and has a fullscreen mode. In addition, you have several options on how you want the tweets to appear on-screen.
This tool would be great for classroom and presentation backchannel viewing. TwitterFountain also has their own blog here. In addition, take a look at the multimedia box in the upper right hand corner of this page to see a quick TwitterFountain tutorial.
TwitterFountain is not your only option for visualizing tweets. Other services or information you may want to check out:
- VisibleTweets–here’s one I made here.
- Is Parade–here’s a sample.
- 4 Awesome Free Tools to Visualize & Analyze Twitter
Do you think any of these tools could convince your fellow educators to start using Twitter?