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This paper reports on ongoing research into the image-sharing practices of two informal professional networks on Twitter. Each network is brought together through regular, loosely synchronous Twitter conversations that have been initiated with the explicit intention of creating a space for sharing ideas, practice, experience and opinions. It is suggested that studying the images that populate these conversation-spaces, together with the related activities of conversation participants, may yield useful insights into the forces affecting the flows of information, opinion and affect amongst the groups, and thus affordances for informal professional learning. Deleuze's concepts of lines of articulation, lines of flight and knots are used to draw out some of these forces and to better understand the conversation-spaces they create.
Twitter; professional learning; images; lines of articulation and flight