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02 April 2015 @ 11:33 am
[life] Teaching and Twitter  
Last night I ended up teaching a class about Twitter use with no more than five minutes notice. There's a local nonprofit computer group that meets each month, mostly seniors, and Jake usually teaches a short lesson on some sort of tech issue after their business meetings. This month, they requested a class on Twitter, but he doesn't use it. I freaking love Twitter, and that's how I ended up giving a lesson to a bunch of delightful, if super politically conservative, seniors using my 100% liberal twitter account. It was awesome.

The best part was bonding with them over pro wrestling. After we went through the technical part of setting up an account, fixing privacy settings, and starting to tweet, we talked about Twitter's appeal, and one of my examples was how it allowed me to connect with other people watching and loving the same thing I am. I used last weekend's Wrestlemania hashtag as an example, because locally, I don't know anyone who loves wrestling (and Jake and Nephew love to mock me about it), but I can watch live and interact with thousands of people all over the world. The class loved that concept in general (I also talked about how when I'm housebound due to illness, it helps stay connected, how news, local, national and international, breaks on Twitter before more traditional media, etc.), but all these little old ladies also started talking about their memories of watching wrestling as children, with their grandfathers and fathers, and how much they loved it. When I first mentioned pro wrestling as the example, Jake laughed. I don't think he expected it to go the way it did.

Basically, it was an awesome class, I loved it, and I can't wait to go back next month to teach one on Facebook.

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