The finished wall... maybe

Last night I spoke at “My Dad’s on Twitter but he doesn’t know why” – part of Fazeley Digital ’09. Part lecture, part performance, the idea was to mind map some current thinking about Twitter by writing on a wall in an empty studio space. I’ve written a blog post about the process of the event on the new MA Social Media blog but wanted to also reflect on some of the content here on the IC blog.

The four speakers that led the discussion (Dave Harte, Marc Reeves, Jacki Booth, and I) were asked to use the title “My Dad’s on Twitter but he doesn’t know why” as a launchpad to discuss social media and Twitter in particular.

My approach to the talk was to play on the central title “My Dad’s on Twitter but he doesn’t know why”. I played with this to come up with four new titles, based on things I hear people say:

I have an unwritten rule not to blog or tweet about Twitter unless I can avoid it. This event and the two blog posts it generated have broken that rule, so I’ll try not to talk about Twitter too much in the coming weeks. I really do think that Twitter is an interesting place to use and to have intellectual conversations about, but as several people have said in the past: social media will only really start being useful when we start doing it and stop talking about it all the time.

Can we stop tweeting about Twitter now?

Birmingham Centre For Media And Cultural Research

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