Well, I had a first yesterday. I did my first Twitterview (I guess that's the term for an interview on Twitter). Shelley Wetzel grilled me with questions about the intersection of admissions and social networking, specifically Facebook. Ok, grilled may be overstating it, but it was definitely different than I had expected, much more exhausting. Jumping from window to window, I kept an eye out for Shelley's next question by monitoring a twitter search for the hashtag #eduweb. Simultaneously, I was crafting answers to previous questions in 140-character chunks (which is not as easy as it sounds).
Shelley has been kind enough to share the transcript of the Twitterview on the website for the eduWeb Conference:
It was an interesting format, and it reinforced for me some of the strengths and weaknesses of many forms of social media. The Twitterview allowed for a couple people to jump in with comments, which would not have happened with a traditional interview. However, as hard as I tried, I had some trouble packing a lot of information in a single tweet. You have to strip out some nuance and to scale back on detail. In the rush to social media, I think this is something that can get lost. A status update or a 140-character tweet is at best a highly simplified idea, a witty aside, or a single data point. While it definitely allows for conversations on a much larger scale and easier / faster sharing than would otherwise be possible, it often does so at the expense of some depth. I wonder if others using social media have the same feeling as I did yesterday, that 140 characters just isn't enough sometimes.
While I'm talking about my Twitterview with Shelley, it seems only fitting to let you know we'll be exhibiting at the eduWeb Conference she runs. The conference is in Chicago July 26-28, 2010. If you're going to be there, definitely stop in and say hello.