There is power in being a keen observer...
There is tremendous benefit to actively engaging in Twitter chats...
But is there power in being a "lurker"???
For those who do not know, a "lurker" in the Internet community (Wikipedia Definition) is very different from a lurker in a traditionally defined sense (www.merriam-webster.com definition). Many people encourage "lurking" in a Twitter chat before participating directly.
I have found that as I have expanded my PLN, I have also participated in many more educational chats than I have ever expected.
Recently I have wondered:
- As a participant do we observe/listen less to what is going on in the chat than someone who is lurking?
- Is there particular, and valuable, learning that is occurring when one lurks rather than directly participates or engages?
As I participate more and now find it difficult to just lurk, I wonder if I am loosing out on a type of learning that is valuable? Is being able to "just lurk" a 21st Century Skill?