I realized yesterday that Twitter, what we do on Twitter could be considered to be a Massive Open Online Conversation or a MOOC.
Yesterday I opened up Twitter and discovered a tweet by Bill Clinton. Yes that Clinton, William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. Clinton just recently came on Twitter and its been interesting to hear what he has to say. The really great thing is because of Twitter I am able to hear his thoughts, instantly, unedited. Something I certainly have never been able to do before except of course possibly filtered through some news source.
The lightbulb really went off in my head though when I read Clinton’s tweet, which said that Warren Buffett was now on Twitter. Warren Buffett who is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century.
So here I am thinking that this is great, I am able to hear the thoughts of some of the most influential and successful persons in history. I am in the conversation, often just listening to the conversation, but I could jump in anytime. This is unprecedented, could you imagine reading Abraham Lincolns tweets when he was fighting for the 13th amendment, or the thoughts of General George Patton while he was fighting the World Wars.
We live in a time that allows us to have a conversation with the most important people in the world, the rock stars, our idols. A Massive conversation with everybody, Open to everyone Online. A Massive Open Online Conversation not a Massive Open Online Course like in education, but just as significant.
Maybe it’s nothing, maybe I just have MOOC’s on my brain, but I certainly enjoy a good conversation.
What do you think? I’m on Twitter @thomasjokon