There are many views about the world of Twitter. Some love it, others hate it, some are addicted to it, whilst some will will declare it as the downfall of civilisation. Recently Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan said in a TV interview that “social media is the worst menace to society.” He also singled out Twitter as the place where the “best examples of lies can be found.”
A recent blog post worth reading was from Adrian McNeece who wrote about the “The #Absurdity of #Twitter”. Adrian’s hard hitting thoughts include “I’m now convinced that Twitter is predominantly a channel for celebrities, governments, and corporations to punt their latest offering”
With this in mind, I’ve started to think more about this social network phenomenon and have decided that the world of Twitter reminds me of the school playground. The school playground of my day was made up of diverse groups and individuals. So here goes, I would love to see your feedback and I leave you to decide the Twitter eqivalents and where you fit in
The ultra cool kids – These were the kids who were always at the forefront of any new trend or fashion or music. As soon as it became popular they moved on to something else.
The ‘think they’re ultra cool’ kids – these were the kids that always wanted to be running with the real cool kids but just could not get accepted so they ended up just copying them.
The anti-establishment kids – these were the kids who were against anything that had even a sniff of authority around it.
The ‘clever kids’ – These were the kids who seemed to to excel academically, and used words and phrases that would send you running for your pocket Oxford dictionary when you got back to your desk
The ‘bully’ – Sometimes on their own, sometimes roaming in a group, they picked on others for merely having different views to their own, or even dressing or looking different.
The ‘Victim’ – The kid who for some reason was picked on by everyone at every opportunity.
‘The secret gang’ – These were the kids who created a world of their own, if others heard them talking they never had a clue what they were going on about. It was designed to exclude others.
‘The Observer’ – This was the kid who very rarely said anything, but just loved observing what everyone else did, and even thrived on it.
‘The Comedians’ – These kids survived on their wit and humour. They could diffuse difficult situations with great one liners.
‘The deep thinkers’ These were the kids that didn’t say much, but when they did everyone listened.
‘The misunderstood kids’ – These were the kids who were just different, and sometimes difficult. Those that took the time to get to know them often found it worthwhile.
‘The conformist non-conformists’ These were the kids who wanted to be different, and as a result began to look the same and sound the same as each other and weren’t different at all. (There is a great blog reflecting this thought from Neil Usher)
‘The artistic kids’ – With the stroke of a brush or a pencil or a pen, they could capture your thoughts expertly
‘The Knowledge Banks’ – These were the kids who were a fount of knowledge and you could go to them to help you with any academic or non academic issue. In return they would expect practical support when it was needed
‘The Quasi-Knowledge Banks’ – The kids who thought they knew everything, and they would be believed for a while until they were caught out.
I’ve enjoyed writing these, and I’m sure many of you can think of more ‘types’ in the school playground. I hope you can see the point I was trying to make, and I would love to hear which group(s) you fall in. The main difference is that you do have a choice to be in twitter, whereas we didn’t have a choice about being in school. For that fact many of you are truly grateful.
The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. Abraham Lincoln