So there I was reading a post by Howard Rheingold about Twitter and decided to check out his Twitter feed (@hrheingold) and found a retweet about Mother Coders. The organization is working to support mothers in their efforts to learn programming skills as a way into technical careers. Naturally, they are far more eloquent in describing what they do. I think it is an amazing idea and project. And I agree, we should not lose all that talent simply because so many women choose to become mothers. We need to provide as much support and encouragement to those mothers want to stay careers. Check it out.
So there I was, checking my email and saw one from Twitter suggesting some people to follow, based upon my recent decision to follow Librarian Wardrobe (@LibWardrobe). So I jumped out to Twitter to see who these folks are and decided to follow one of them John Jackson (@johnxlibris) and then found another that he follows, Chaucer Doth Tweet (@LeVostreGC) and decided to follow that one (yes, this is revealing a bit of my nerdiness but it makes me laugh). And then I went back to my home page on Twitter to see some recent posts and retweeted a call for writers from The Fetch (@thefetch), because someone I know might be looking for a writing gig, and a link to an article tweeted by @lbraun2000! and retweeted by one of the people I have been following, Kate (@itsjustkate). It was to an article on Slate.com about eavesdropping on the train. Read it. It is a good article. Now the article itself I found interesting for many reasons: the issue of people carelessly discussing non-public matters in such a public place, the idea that eavesdropping is ok, the idea that retweeting someone else’s publicly overheard business is ok and the fact that men were publicly expressing extremely biased opinions about a female co-worker in public (despite the fact that basic biology proves that it is purely dumb luck that they were even born male themselves, thus making their comments not only wrong and out-of-place in the 21st century but also totally ridiculous). But I won’t get into any of that further here. What struck me the most about this article was the metaliteracy skills of the author, Amy Webb. She was able to scan the ticket stubs of fellow passengers for their names, quickly found their profiles on social media sites, even found a satellite image of one of their homes, turned around and tweeted about them and eventually wrote an article for Slate.com about her eavesdropping practices and the similar practices of others. I would say this is a wonderful example of someone who is really adept at metaliteracy and makes a living using those skills. Quite impressive. This is truly metaliteracy at work. Bravo Amy!