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Nation’s Oldest Living Couple Tweets Relationship Advice on Twitter: Are you there?

Longest Married Couple: 85 years in 2010
Still not on Twitter?

Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher,
aged 104 and 102
respectively.

Married 85 years.

Now, they’re sharing
relationship advice to couples
on Twitter.

Two Tweet or not to Tweet

Crowd sourcing is not a new phenomenon; neither is knowledge sharing nor open communication nor open innovation. What can be learned in the open participation of collaborative communication is wholly dependent upon being there – to participate.

Those who have gained experience in life, or success in business, tend to share their knowledge to help others learn. They write a book. Make a movie. Though how many make themselves accessible in real time to participate with others while sharing that knowledge?

The story of The Fishers is about “relationships” and open communication, a recurring theme in many “success” stories we buy and read daily.

Moreover, the metaphor of The Fishers on Twitter truly exemplifies this.

Why Relationships Matter

The transactional value of knowledge sharing is key.

Why do relationships matter more than mere transactions?
Transactions work when explicit knowledge is involved —
problems must be precisely framed and solutions must be equally
precisely articulated. Of course, this works for a certain class of
problems but some of the most challenging problems cannot be
precisely framed — that is part of the problem. On the other side,
really challenging problems require tapping into the tacit knowledge
possessed by more than one individual in order to create
new knowledge and generate a workable solution.

Tacit knowledge is the “know-how” that is hard to express or
transfer and therefore much more sticky than explicit knowledge.
Sharing this kind of knowledge typically requires long-term,
trust-based relationships that can support the inevitable fumbling
that occurs as we try to express and share tacit knowledge.

Harvard Business Review, “Open Innovation’s Next Challenge: Itself.

The Secret

The Fishers appear to still be learning. Their secret may be that they are learning together; with each other and now, in participating with the online community.

Many people and companies are curious to learn and deploy engagement strategies to participatie online, but for what return? How many strive to develop new, collaborative solutions in knowledge sharing with their followers.

Relationship Matter

The Grateful Dead give us another take on this in their citation in The Atlantic as “the most successful of all time.”

Twitter is but one platform where users can “join the conversation.” Albeit the largest at present.

Feed Your Followers

What is your plan in joining the conversation?
What will you share openly or strategically?
How can your relationships flourish in learning from an institution that has lasted this long?

With whom will you share this story

Follow The Fisher’s tweets here.  You can also check out Twitter here.

Photo: Mashable.
@loranimal Looked for you on Twitter last November to no avail. How have you been?

Is Twitter causing students to fail?

A recent Canadian Press article headline blames Twitter, social networking and texting for poor student grammar and writing skills.

One would think that the sky were falling upon scanning that headline.

On closer reading, however, it seems the root of the problem is a lack of attention to mandating grammar lessons or a language proficiency exam to assure standards. The article cites the Associate Dean of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia who blames “poor- or no – grammar instruction in lower schools.”

Contrary Findings

A separate article shows that researchers in Canada, the U.S. and Britain who have studied the text messages, online chats and face-to-face conversations of real teenagers say their findings overwhelmingly show the kids are all right.

Moreover, a 2009 U.K. study found that textism use was actually driving the development of phonological
awareness and reading skills in children.

Persistent Problem or Today’s Neologisms?

So what is the rush to blame social networking communication for an apparent failure in grammar and writing skills?

New words, abbreviations and acronyms enter our language all the time. Words such as radar, x-ray, robotics, cyberspace, pro-choice, pwn, quixotic, blog, and soccer mom are neologisms. What has been their affect on literacy and our communications?

The Rise of Standards or Downfall of Civilization

Bottom line may be maintain English language standards and testing in elementary and secondary schools. We can’t just go blaming every new thing for the down fall of society or social skills at a minimum.

Otherwise u cld b ROTFL 4 ea SM site thnkn its pwned
yr grmmr skls 4evr! LOL ;-p

Pew Study: Adult social networking up, Teen blogging down.

Adult social networking is up.
Teen blogging is down.

A recent Pew Research Center study on the “Social Media & Mobile Internet Use Among Teens and Young Adults ” presents many positive trends amongst the apparent downturn in teen and youth blogging.

  • Internet use is near ubiquitous
    74% of all adults ages 18 and older go online.
    93% of teens ages 12-17
    93% of young adults ages 18-29
  • Adult blogging remains steady
    One-in-ten (1/10) of online adults maintains a blog or journal.
    While teen blogging is down 28% and commenting down 24% since 2006.
  • Both teen and adult use of social networking sites increased significantly:
    47% of online adults use social networking sites, up 10% from Nov. ’08
    72% of online users age 18-29 use social networking sites
    40% of online users age 30+ use social networking sites
  • Facebook is the most commonly used social network among adults.

    Adult usage on social networking sites:
    73% have a profile on Facebook
    48% have a profile on MySpace
    14% have a profile on LinkedIn.
  • Teens are not using Twitter in large numbers.

Read the full report here.

Future learning requires a “vision” today

A perennial favorite since Michael Wesch released it.

Ask yourself , “How are we preparing tomorrow’s leaders today?”

See full video here.

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