I love blogs. They are a great way to keep on top of news and events that are happening in the lives of members of my professional network. Unfortunately, some of my friends are prolific writers, and keeping up with all of their blog postings can take more time than I have (no offense to anyone). Microblogging allows me to stay up to speed by receiving shorter professional or personal updates from my network in real-time. There are 3 tools that I have found to be particularly useful for microblogging:
This is the most popular microblogging tool with many apps for accessing twitter feeds on iPhones and other mobile devices. Twitter posts are limited to 140 characters. For a excellent directory of learning leaders who use twitter, check out http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/
This is a twitter-like tool, but it is optimized for use in educational settings and includes other features like upcoming events and activities. Go to www.edmodo.com for more info.
This is a corporate version of EdModo. It links microbloggers from the same company or organization and focuses on posting about job-related topics. Go to www.yammer.com for more info.
For a quick video on how microblogging works, visit http://www.innovativelearning.