Friday, September 25, 2009

Staying Connected - - Do you Friend? Tweet? Feed?


I don’t know about you, but I have never felt more “connected” in my life.  Between my cell phone and my computer, I am able to be in constant contact with just about anyone I’ve ever met in my life, and plenty that I haven’t!

But that is the way we like it these days.  We want our friends, our family, and even our homeschool information at the tip of our fingers.  In our largely fractured society, where families no longer always live within driving distance, and friends can become as disposable as plastic-ware, we like that we can connect with the people and things that matter to us via the wireless expanse of cyberspace.

We at Time4Learning totally understand the need to “reach out and touch someone”, and we are trying to creatively meet you where you are, and help you reach your homeschooling goals by offering you the opportunity for personal interaction with us, and advice from seasoned homeschoolers who have been through what you are going through.

So, we’re providing multiple ways for you to interact with us…

  • Facebook – If you haven’t already, become a Time4Learning fan on Facebook!  The Facebook Time4Learning page offers  you a very personal way to ask questions, post comments, give feedback, and keep up to date with all the latest happenings at Time4Learning
  • Twitter -  That’s right, Time4Learning Tweets!  So if you are a Twitterer, too, go ahead and follow us.  We’ll follow you back, of course!  One of the great things about Twitter, is that it is so timely.  Have a homeschooling question that needs to be answered RIGHT NOW?? Send us a direct message on Twitter, and we just might be able to help!
  • RSS – One of the greatest facets of this digital age is that you don’t have to go searching for the information you want.  It can come right to you!  The Time4Learning Parent’s Forum is set up as an automatic feed, so if you want to have the latest posts from the forum come to your site or feed reader, just add this feed address:  Or maybe you don’t want to follow ALL the activities in the forum, but just specific ones?  If you’d like to receive the messages from a particular section of the forum, just click on that forum, and then look for the “Subscribe Forum” link near the top left-hand side of the forum.  AND did you know you could even track a particular thread within the forum?  Within each thread, again at the top left-hand side of the thread, is a “Subscribe Topic” link.  How cool is that, huh?

What about you?  How have Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds, and other virtual social networks affected your relationships?  Do they strengthen them? Do they complement them?  Or do you find them to be a poor substitute for face-to-face contact?

Has your homeschooling experience been enriched by the connections you have made with other homeschoolers online?  What are your favorite ways to get and receive advice?

Weigh in!

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