Yet another update: The whole point of our funny Twitter Tennis game is we can quit, and then pick up and lob a few balls the next morning too, and if anyone sees a ball lying on the court, you can pick it up and hit a few off the wall or off one another. It's unbounded. #TwitTen Lots of fun, lots of bounce. Sometimes out of bounds . . .
UPDATE OF THE UPDATE: WE ARE AT IT AGAIN OVER ON TWITTER---#TWITTEN SO WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TWITTERVIEW AND TWITTER TENNIS? TWITTER TENNIS HAS A LOT MORE BOUNCE, AND SOMETIMES THE BALL GOES WAY OUT OF BOUNDS. THERE'S NO AUTHORITATIVE INTERVIEWER AND CELEBRITY BUT A CONVERSATION BETWEEN TWEETERS WHO JUST WANT TO TAKE SOME TIME OUT AND BOUNCE THE BALL AROUND A BIT. BACK TO TWITTER . . .
UPDATE: THE NEXT LIVE TWITTER TENNIS MATCH BETWEEN HASTAC AND TOUGHLOVEFORX WILL RESUME LATER. (TIME OUT FOR CHORES AND CLASS.) I guess, realistically, that there isn't really any difference substantively between Twitter Tennis and the old-school Twitterview, except that those usually are more posed and poised, less a volley, debate, back and forth on ideas, with invited interruption. But that's probably not a real distinction. So, well, we'll let the Twitterview continue later (but we might still call it Twitter Tennis. That sounds more fun. Join us!)
I am about to serve first in the world's first-ever round of Twitter Tennis. The term was coined by my new Twitter Tennis partner, Michael Josefowicz, a retired printer whom I follow (and he follows HASTAC) on Twitter as https://twitter.com/ToughLoveforX. ToughLove's tweets are so good I find myself retweeting them all the time. His observations on education, politics, our socially mediated life are always salient. So I Direct Messaged him and asked if I could interview him and he said, why not: let's walk the walk, or tweet the tweet . . . Let's do it public, on Twitter, 140 characters a question and answer, and he dubbed it Twitter Tennis.
I'm interviewing him for my forthcoming book Now You See It: The Science of Attention in the Classroom, At Work, and Everywhere Else (forthcoming, Viking 2011). There is a chapter on aging and how the digital can allow new avenues for networking, communication, and activism for those, such as boomer retirees, who have extra time. It's free, easy point of entry, but you can make a difference. I want to learn more about this from ToughLoveforX who calls himself "retired" but who, through his Tweets, certainly inspires.
So, here we go. My specific interest in this Twitter Tennis match is finding out how a baby boomer, now retired, can lead this fascinating, activist online life. ToughLove has over 2200 followers. That's more readers than a typical university press book and even many commercial books. He is informed and he informs others. What role is this in the society? What does this kind of retiree activism, boomer resurgence look like? I find him inspiring, and so, herewith, I leave the sludgy world of the blogosphere for the fleet-of-foot Twittersphere.
By the way, on email I asked TL how you do Twitter Tennis. I googled it and couldn't find a thing about it. I even asked the Amazing Negar and not even SHE knew how it worked. Then he 'fessed up: we're making it up as we go along. Tennis without a net, just a public series of interview Q and A tweets, with hashtags. We'll see how this goes. . .
I have tossed the ball into the air. I am raising my racket . . . Watch out, Serena! Or, perhaps, join ToughLove and HASTAC in a doubles match sometime. Here we go . . . #TwitTen