I was recently asked to share my favorite sources on new technology (for education) and my response was, “by far, my #1 is twitter.” However, this wasn’t always the case. Cultivating a community on Twitter takes time. When I first started using twitter in 2008 (on an account that I don’t know how to recover), I wasn’t using it the right way and I just didn’t get it. I remember reading Ezra Klein’s WP post The problem with Twitter, and nodding in agreement with his assessment that there are valuable resources to be found if you are willing to sift through the chaff.
This summer, I decided to take more time to shift my role on twitter from that of lurker to contributor. I had been using twitter as a tool for professional growth and now I am also contributing to the community. As I spent more time on twitter, I soon came to realize that the way I had been using twitter, was passive and ineffective (for me). I now use tweetdeck to follow interesting conversations. I participate in weekly twitter chats (tip: use TweetChat or tchat.io to keep up), follow conferences (even ones I can’t attend) and -best of all – I get to interact with amazing educators.
I still have so much to learn – but for now – I am cautiously optimistic about my future experiences with my twitter PLN.
I am so thankful to those who have experimented with twitter and shared their experiences, tips, and tools. Here are three resources that I found most helpful as a returning twitter user:
- How to Hack it on Twitter by Andrea Zellner and Leigh Graves Wolf
- The Twitteraholic’s Ultimate Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter BY SUE WATERS · FEBRUARY 13, 2012
- Official Twitter Educational Chat Schedule
- Cybrary Man’s Tips for how to take part in a twitter chat