Sometimes the unplanned leads to the best learning. Tonight, a few of us from the EC&I 831 class were searching for our beloved prof., Alec Couros, because we believed we had a class. He believed we had an e-mail with instructions for what we were to do and some actually received it while others were wondering what was going on. Anyway, I tweeted out that if anyone had an alternative way of getting a hold of Alec to let him know that we were wondering where he was. In the responses, it was suggested that we have class without him; @Capohanka suggested we meet in a bar, but considering the distance between us that was not a realistic option. She then suggested I do a hashtag and find him that way. Having no idea what a hashtag was I had to ask her to explain it to me. The conversation went as follows:
@capohanka explain the hashtag thing please
@Kicode hashtags are a way to tag tweets and then search for them as a group.
@capohanka okay so you attach it to the end of a tweet?
@Kicode yep. then you can search for the tag. Search for #itsummit.
starting a new hashtag - where in the world is courosa "witwi@courosa"
@capohanka it would like my last tweet?
@Kicode yes, but you put a "#" in front of it. He was at the #itsummit today so he prob just got home.
@capohanka Okay - learned something today ! Thanks for walking me through it! #witwi@courosa
I now understand what those comments were on Twitter but I was too shy to ask about! Thanks @capohanka!
During this conversation @bbcrfc (DLowry) suggested that our class meet in Tiny Chat. I had never heard of it before and told him I would have to check it out. I wasn't going to at the time, but something pushed me to check it out and I quickly learned that it was a very simple chat room that can be limited easily to only people you invite. However, I did a tweet with a link and was pleased to be joined by @kimcottini, @gracemcleod @bbcrfc @capohanka @leannemerkowsky @dslink and @courosa! Yes, we finally found him! The nice part though was that some of us in the EC&I 831 class had a sustained chat on Twitter that involved a few others from outside of the class including @bbcrfc @capohanka and @shareski! Some of my classmates added @bbcrfc as someone to follow on Twitter and we all got to learn a little more about each other while I got to learn about Tiny Chat and hashtags. Not a bad way to spend the evening!