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!