Educator Bill Ferriter offers tips in this blog post on how teachers should spend their first weeks on Twitter to build their network faster. Among his suggestions are for teachers to use hashtags, which are short identifiers for conversations, in their postings and use them to sort through, plus comment on, other teachers’ messages. “Spend time each day and/or week sifting through the streams of messages being shared by people that you are following and find ways to lend a hand,” Ferriter writes.
A colleague who knows that Twitter is my favorite social space stuck her head in my room the other day with a complaint. “Bill, Twitter’s not working for me. No one ever replies to any of my questions. What’s the point of posting if no one is ever listening?”
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Anyone who has taken the digital leap into the Twitterstream has felt lost and unloved at some point in their early work to use the short messaging service as a learning tool.
Having heard that Twitter makes it possible to instantly connect with really bright people, new users expect more than Twitter gives in the first few months — and that simple truth leads to a wasteland of discarded accounts.
Using Twitter to build a digital network that you can lean on takes concerted effort, y’all — but using Twitter to build a digital network that you can lean on is also well worth your time. I’m a more efficient learner than ever before simply because I really am connected to an always-on stream of ideas, information and individuals that I can learn from.
Following educational hashtags, joining Twitter with close colleagues and building relationships one tweet at a time are three steps that you can take to make your early time in Twitter seem more meaningful and worthwhile.
To convince similarly frustrated peers to give Twitter another chance, I always offer these three bits of advice:
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