Positively Tweeting

A while back, Visual.ly had an infographic generator that claimed to analyse your Twitter patterns.  The resulting image gave some facts and I could, of course, save it.  I did and it’s on my About Me page on this blog.

One of the things that it found, and I’m proud of was this.

It’s not necessarily for the offset geeky grin (although that’s kind of cool) but that I “tweet” more 😉 than (:.

That’s not by accident.  My foci and interests surround education/learning and technology.  If one looks, and wants to find both positive and negative perspectives, one certainly can.  In fact, reading and learning is best when you’re looking at both sides of an issue.  I find that incredibly healthy.

From my perspective, there are a couple of important things.

  • First, with both education and technology, finding negative things to say is a piece of cake.  Neither area is perfect and there’s so much room for improvement.  I think it’s testament to the professional that they look for these areas of improvement, identify them, and make positive suggestions for improvements;
  • Secondly, dissenting opinions can help shape your understanding and give insights that might not be found otherwise.  For those who share these insights on a regular basis, I’m infinitely appreciative.

Discussions are so powerful when you identify both sides of an issue and discuss them civilly.

I did some mental math today during one of my dog walks and I think that I’m up to five now of individuals I do follow (and originally did with best intentions) who absolutely do nothing to help seek answers.  Message after message is constantly negative or demeaning, even spewing venom, with not even a crack open and available for discussion.  It comes to the point where the content is either immediately disregarded by me or an affirmation that I’m thinking 180 degrees in the other direction.  Heaven help you if you make even the slightest error in your facts.

Fortunately, there are a great deal more people who are experimenting, trying, refining, and searching for solutions.  Positive support and ideas encourage their work; curating their content and the best of the best pushes the cause forward.  Now, I’m not advocating for the proverbial echo chamber.  There’s danger in that as well.  However, you can disagree without being disagreeable.

The sad thing is that, by their nature, you can’t engage in a conversation with this type.  They might well have some great ideas but I’m not interested at all if there’s nothing positive coming back.  This is one of the cases where we need to heed the advice that we give our students – think before you post!

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