It’s been a long time since I last posted. In between, I (finally) discovered the power of microblogging on Twitter. I freely admit that I am late to the Twitter party and a beginner in many ways. It took me about three weeks to discover the elements of microblogging that appeal to me. Like any new innovation, you need a reason to use it, and to stick with it for a little while in order to see the potential.
12 Reasons Why I Use Twitter
- I have suddently discovered thousands of inspirational educators, creative ideas, and thought-provoking resources
- Sending out my thoughts into the great beyond is empowering and makes me think (for real or otherwise) that some people want to hear what I have to say
- I can find people who think like me
- I can find people who think differently from me
- I have discovered local (and by local I mean people in my community, city, province, and country) who are doing amazing work and I can actually connect with them – may I mention among many, Astronaut Chris Hadfield @Cmdr_Hadfield as part of my Professional Learning Network (PLN)?
- I can be a part of the massive network that influences what ideas, opinions and work gets shared across the world, and who it is shared with
- I can always find something fun, interesting, and useful in my network
- I sometimes get lost in Tweets, from one link to another, from one person to another. It’s like wandering through a forest wherever your feet take you and discovering everything along the way
- It’s really easy to set up an account and participate
- When you don’t have time to fully reflect by engaging in a deep discussion or writing a blog post, Twitter allows you to do a mini-reflection on the go or star interesting items to use later
- I hear local and world news not just from corporate news sources, but from real people
- I can Tweet about what interests me: communications and marketing, change management, edtech, and good television @TechPudding
Many tips and tricks have been written, shared, and yes, Tweeted about Twitter and microblogging. Here are a few of the best that I have found.
For New Tweeters
- Twitter in Plain English – A 2-minute video intro to what Twitter is and how you might use it from @leelefever and the folks at @CommonCraft
- 5 Tips for Teachers Getting Started on Twitter – Short blog post on the About Teaching blog by Corinne Campbell @corisel featuring some really easy-to-follow tips
- A Beginner’s Guide to Twitter by Brandon Smith @Brandoncito27 via @mashable and one of the best introductions to Twitter I have read including instructions, videos, definiteions, images, and tips
- Twitter 101: How to Get Started – by Molly Klinefelter via Laptop Magazine @laptopmag featuring advice from beginner to advanced in short, easy-to-bite chunks
- Twitter 101: Getting Started – Twitter’s own tips on how to make the most of your experience
- Mashable’s Twitter Guide Book – useful for all levels of Tweeter
For Pro Tweeters
- 10 Advanced Twitter Tips and Tricks – by Beirut via @tweepi highlighting ways to maximize your time and connections on Twitter
- 20 Twitter Tips for Beginners and Pros by Molly Klinefelter via Laptop Magazine @laptopmag features:
- Mashable’s Twitter Guide Book – via @mashable is useful for all levels of Tweeter
- 7 Tools to Present a Twitter Stream at Your Event on the Michael Heipel’s event marketing blog – this is one way to create a backchannel and connect people in a live stream
- Top 5 Twitter Add-Ons by Debra Ronca via @HowStuffWorks goes through some helpful apps that can make Twitter do more for you
Tweeps I Follow
Here are just a few Tweeps out of the 1,300+ that I enjoy following. I try to follow people with a variety of viewpoints and expertise. There are so many–it’s best to start with a few by searching for terms that you are interested in or people that you already know about. I will feature some local Tweeps in a later post!
- @MobileSyrup – An independent resource on mobile technology in Canada connecting to those who are mobile enthusiasts, professionals and shoppers
- @web20classroom, Steven W. Anderson – An incredible educator and speaker with an excellent blog http://blog.web20classroom.org
- @LDRB – LDRLB (pronounced leader lab) – An online think tank that shares insights from research on leadership, innovation, and strategy
- @tomwhitby Tom Whitby – Prof of Edu (Ret). Founder: #Edchat, The EDU PLN, Edchat Radio Linkedin Tech-Using Profs
- @oldaily Stephen Downes – A Canadian researcher and educator on the cutting edge of MOOCS, e-learning and new media
- @gsiemens George Siemens – A Canadian professor and educator, also on the cutting edge of MOOCS, connectivist learning and edtech
- @ChristensenInst Clayton Christensen Institute – A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation
- @ThisIsSethsBlog Seth Godin – Founder of http://Squidoo.com, author, and blogger
- @Flocabulary Flocabulary – Flocabulary produces educational hip-hop music and some of it is free to use! There are a variety of themes from language arts to math
If you haven’t yet, will you give it a try? If you’re a microblogging fanatic, what’s the best part for you? Any tips to share (or Tweet)?
I invite you to try it out! And I invite you to follow me @TechPudding if you’re interested in communications, edtech, and leadership!