Over the last several months we’ve been experimenting with GlobalHigherEd‘s Twitter service http://twitter.com/globalhighered. Uncertainty at first has morphed into considerable happiness with the nature of this communications medium. It is complimentary to the GlobalHigherEd weblog in that is serves as an archive of URLs (e.g., to key reports, news stories, etc.), and it reaches a very different different audience for the most part. It is also one of the least immersive of digital communications technologies which reduces hurdles to participating.
In addition, there is a fascinating conversation going on, at a range of levels, with the interlinked people and institutions we follow or are followed by. Insights can be gained about the modus operandi regarding select institutions that Twitter, arguments and counter-arguments can be put forward, and breaking news items can be put out. As the author William Gibson (in his Twitter service Great Dismal) puts it “Twitter is like little animated hieroglyphics in the margins of a working manuscript, offering obscurely breaking news.”
A case in point is the most recent of our ‘tweets’ today:
- The University of Phoenix’s “virtual” (or Chicago-based) leaders and the associated costs: http://bit.ly/bxTXcw
My Google alerts system pulled in this fascinating story about the “virtual” nature of the University of Phoenix’s senior management, the significant financial costs entailed in permitting such a distanciated HQ managerial system to exist, and the city-regional disconnects generated when a Phoenix-based headquarters is largely run out of Chicago’s AT&T Corporate Center. Alas, given obligations to review term paper proposals, review papers, and engage with colleagues about a range of university matters, GlobalHigherEd‘s Twitter service http://twitter.com/globalhighered will have to do the job, at least for today.
Please ‘follow’ us should this service be of interest. If not, no worries as we’ll be maintaining the GlobalHigherEd weblog — indeed we’re working to develop a HubZero-style platform for our global higher education and research projects, and we hope to use this virtual platform to enhance the quality of GlobalHigherEd, both the weblog and the Twitter service.