Twitter (and Humans) Don’t Always Get It Correct!

Credit where credit is due is important.

Yes the “Twitter Handbook for Teachers” is an excellent resource.

While it is lovely for people on twitter to regularly thank me for the resources I create (and to get all the retweets of thanks) — I DID NOT write Twitter Handbook for Teachers.  But I can understand why people think I did.

It was written by Tomaz Lasic (@lasic) who used the quote from my PLN Yourself wiki on the front page of his handbook and then made the very human mistake of not adding his own details as author on the front page.   So now everyone sees my name (and website) and automatically assumes I created it.

But it is also important that I give Alan Levine credit also — as he pointed out in the comments I should have attributed him.  I’ve always felt that the following words were inspired by his audio he provided for a podcast I was asked to proved for the Knowledge Tree (here is the PDF version of the podcast).

“Watching from the outside, Twitter like the the dumbest thing you’ve heard of “Why would anyone want to tell others what they are doing in 140 characters.” And yet to dismiss Twitter is a mistake because it’s an incredibly powerful tool for your personal learning and connecting with others”

However they could have come from his Being There presentation that I attended twice in 2007 and wrote about on my other wiki.

Image of Twitter handbook for teachers

Please thank Tomaz Lasic (@lasic) for his great resource – he deserves full credit for his excellent work.  And Alan Levine (@cogdog) deserves full credit for his work.

And if you want to thank me here are the resources I created on twitter for my PLN Yourself wiki:

  1. Set up your own Twitter Account – helpful information for building your PLN using twitter
  2. Step 2: Set Up Twitter Account – designed as a step by step guide for f2f workshops

PS for those that know me I can’t believe you thought the handbook was my work — not one single step-by-step screenshots that is characteristic of my work!

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14 thoughts on “Twitter (and Humans) Don’t Always Get It Correct!

  1. Hi Sue,
    You know, when I looked at it, the first thought that crossed my mind was, “wow, how does Sue do all these amazing things? This is a completely new look to something of hers”. I should have known better! Thanks for the correction!

    Errin Reply

  2. Thanks Sue. I suppose this will ease your ‘that’s not mine’ load 😀

    With so many handy new things on/about Twitter I am thinking of an update soon (holidays coming up), but will have to make sure people don’t get bamboozled by Twitter. It really is a simple thing that I don’t want to make complicated.

    Thanks again, appreciated.

    Tomaz Lasic Reply

    1. @Tomaz Lasic, I don’t think it will necessarily stop people and it is an easy mistake to make. Maybe an update would help. I recommend you adding your name at bottom of each page if you do an update.

      Always happy to credit your excellent work.

      Sue Waters Reply

  3. Yes I believe Alan Levine is correct. My belief is I originally adapted it from similar words he said but I believe it was based on his audio for “SoapBox: Sue Waters and friends Twitter” for the Knowledge Tree.

    When I wrote this post this morning I should have Google to find the original location – here is where I believe it was adapted from — http://kt.flexiblelearning.net.au/tkt2007/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/twitter.pdf

    Your words in the podcast were “Kind of my first forays with Twitter and like many people when I first heard about it and saw it and thought “That is really the stupidest thing I ever heard about. Wwhy would anybody do that?” And it’s easy and you see a lot of people do that to make those judgements from the outside without being there with the technology. There is a confusion we make as well at confusing the capability and potential of a technology with actually the content that is being produced on it. So yeah a lot of people do silly inane things on there, but when you look at the communication aspects of it, it’s ability to interface with the Web, with your mobile phone and kind of having this almost near real time connectivity, to be open to the possibilities about what this stuff can do and give up this notion that we can quote unquote be the ‘experts’ in this stuff, and we can’t. We need a network of experts.”

    And Alan I am more than happy to add acknowledgment into both this post and onto the wiki.

    Sue Waters Reply

  4. @Errin and David – no problem. Every so often someone will twitter the link saying that I wrote it and then we will get a long stream of ReTweets. It happens and it is easy to understand why.

    Sue Waters Reply

  5. Sue,

    I greatly appreciate your PLN wiki and will be using it to describe to some fellow teachers how to build and maintain a PLN. I especially like the graphic that illustrates the idea that we can begin this process from anywhere.

    In the same attribution vein as your post, is this graphic released under a share-alike license? I’d like to use it in a public Google presentation.

    Thanks again for producing some very valuable content!

    Drew McAllister Reply

    1. @Drew McAllister, glad you like my PLN wiki. Yes all images on the wiki are covered by the ShareAlike license at the bottom of the wiki — so feel free to use.

      Sue Waters Reply

  6. Hello Sue,
    Trust you grabbed my post! But yeah, on the other hand, I like all your posts so far! Thanks, You are doing great job online.

    Quran Tutor Reply

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