[TALO – stands for teach and learn online – an email list started a couple of years ago in Australia. It covered the changing face of online/ blended/ technology learning……]
OK. well, to put it bluntlly, TALO isnt as good as it used to be.
Leigh provided the (almost) religious zeal for networked learning, and put in the time to facilitate the list like we all know decent lists should be. He would gather the threads together, respond and encourage, ask probing questions, and tease out the deeper meaning behind some of the more cryptic responses.
Leigh and others have also practiced what they preached – a networked learner/ netizen should have a distributed presence on the net, and not put all of their energies into a single mail list. Quite simply they have moved on – and quite rightly – how can you speak with any authority on “all things internet” if you dont get in there and try it?
Here’s an example. One thing I noticed is that some of the previously high profile posters on TALO were doing stuff on Twitter. and having a brief look at Twitter I couldnt understand the attraction. I would see twitter posts (sometimes called microblogging) where people would post things like : – I’m doing the dishes, I’m driving to work, I’m picking my nose etc….. at first I didnt see much value in it .
Then I started using twitter more when I downloaded an App into my iphone called Twinkle – which provided an easy way to post and read Twitters. The app also provided a way to see twitter posts based on location – I could also see twitters from within – say – a 50 Km radius.
It was about this time I saw a change in the way people were using Twitter.
I noticed some bloggers were blogging as per usual but were announcing a new post with a summary and a link in Twitter…..
I notice when some twitterers had found an interesting article they would comment and provide a link.
I noticed that some twitterers were using a feature in which people could post to a twitter category that was related to some event. ie a twitter category was created which related to a conference etc. Conference attendees could Twitter each other during the keynote speech – and so a twitter conversation would be happening during the presentation.
This led me a small moment of epiphany. – One of the reasons I have never been able to incorporate using an RSS reader into my daily life is because that approach is centred around content. Twitter, on the other hand centres around people.
I realized that I dont make connections with data – I make connections with people. The twitter approach connects me to people. and through that connection their blog post has meaning, context and relevance.
Many ex TALO posters are in the Twiterverse – maybe thats why the email list is a bit dead.
Is it a case of ” TALO is dead, long live TALO ” ???