Play #10 – To Tweet Or Not To Tweet, That Is The Question?

 Play #10 – How do you decide who to follow on Twitter?

Confession: I had my Twitter account for well over 10 months before I had the courage to send my first tweet.  Why the hesitation?

I really struggled with Twitter because I just didn’t get it!  Do I follow people or hashtags? What do I share? How do I keep up with the endless feed of information? How do I prevent it from sucking up my time and distracting me from my work at hand?  What do all those symbols mean? These were the things I was trying to get a handle on.

And then I had an “aha” twitter moment when reading a blog by David Truss titled,  Twitter, Lurking, and Drinking from a Fire Hose. That was me!  Lurking, mooching, being overwhelmed by all the information, not knowing where or how to start.

Finally, after a lot of hesitation, I jumped on the Twitter bandwagon and quickly realized what a great PD tool this can be.  Once I started letting people know that I was new to Twitter and was trying to establish a PLN, people started following me and offering words of encouragement. Last night I participated (ok more as an observer that an active participant) in my first twitter chatroom with #ntchat and I learned all about a resource called Remind 101 for keeping parents abreast of what is happening in your class.

Still struggling with how to manage the flow of information?  Check out TweetDeck.  It is a great tool for organizing tweets and following hashtags, especially during a chatroom session.

To tweet or not to tweet?  I will definitely be joining those who tweet!

 

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About Barb English

I am a curious soul and lifelong learner who is currently employed as a teacher in a Special Education classroom with the Calgary Board of Education.
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