Friday, May 25, 2012
Thou shalt not Tweet
Yesterday we had a mass mailing to all faculty. The Powers that Be have determined that Facebook and Twitter are the devil incarnate. They have decreed that effective immediately we are not allowed to use Facebook and/or Twitter or "similar services" because of the privacy issues involving these companies.
Now, I'm all for privacy and educating people about not posting pictures of themselves in an advanced state of inebriation in public, but this is ridiculous. There was apparently a spate of abuse directed to the administration, because a few hours later it was made clear that only the use of school computers was meant, one can use private devices if one wants. Apparently, the PR department went ballistic, as they have an active Twitter account and have been trying to build up a "fan page" on Facebook for quite some time. They sent around a notice we could all put on our course Facebook pages. No idea how to attach that to I tweet, though.
And how this affects the Great March of E-Learning that was declared a while back, in which we had to incorporate "modern" technology into all of our courses, remains to be seen.
Me? I'll just carry on. I'm betting the administration couldn't figure out if I twitter or not if their lives depended on it.