Creating knowledge together for understanding twitter
During the summer of 2010, two Twitterers (Twitter users),
Francesc Llorens (@francescllorens) and Juanjo Calderón (@eraser) started an
initiative of writing a collaborative open book of stories about Twitter written
by all the users of Twitter connected in the Spanish speaking timeline: El Bazar
de los Locos (Llorens & Calderon, 2012). The main idea of this project was collecting
personal stories regarding the use of Twitter for teaching, learning, education,
enterprise, communication, lifelong learning and digital identity.
Programa: The project was conducted exclusively online, via the website dedicated to the project
and Twitter itself. The former served to aggregate the stories of the educators who volunteered as
authors of their own stories whilst the latter was used as a platform for both
crowdsourcing and dissemination of content. The target audience of the project were
practitioners and researchers from different levels of education and disciplinary areas,
from different institutions and countries, who are highly networked online and use Twitter
as part of their approach to learning and professional development.
At the end of the summer (October, 2010) they have collected more than 100 stories,
1000 comments and an incredible amount of twitts around the initiative. The handbook
was published in the beginning of 2012 (Creative Commons Licensed) and it is available
for sale on the Internet.