Many of the people in my Twitter network appear to be in it for the learning. Largely, they come from an education background and seem to enjoy rubbing shoulders with those from whom they learn. In their book entitled Distance Education: A Systems View, Moore and Kearsley (2005) explain, in one sense, why this might be so:
Most students enjoy interaction with their instructor and fellow students not only for instructional reasons but for the emotional support that comes from such social contact. (p. 182)So again, what do you get out of Twitter that you can't really get anywhere else?
- Moore, M. and Kearsley, G. (2005). Distance Education: A Systems View. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.