This weekend I found myself consumed with all things twitter. I've had a twitter account for over a year. I have tweeted a whopping 288 tweets and most of those have been retweets! I will attempt to participate in my first twitter chat tomorrow, see my thoughts on that here. I realize the power of twitter, the world's town square, the real-time news, the connection to reading specific to my interests, more reading than I can possibly keep up with. Twitter is amazing and it's time that I get more involved!
I watched a news program today called the Twitter Revolution. I wish I could find a link to the program but I don't remember what channel I was watching. The report said only 18% of the population is on twitter, that some people don't understand it, that some people think it's too much information. I get that. I've heard those same feelings expressed by many teachers I work with. I hope I can become a good example of a twitter-using-educator, building my personal learning network (PLN) and better help teachers I work with find a supportive PLN on twitter.
I came across several good reads and new folks to follow during my twitter extravaganza! Here are a few examples:
Here are my twitter using goals:
I'm worried about the "every-day" expectation but I'm an all-or-nothing kinda gal so I might as well expect myself to contribute to this social network at least once a day. If budtheteacher can have over 41K tweets, I think I can manage one a day!
I'm loving twitter! I've managed to successfully contribute to my first twitter chat (Loved it!) and I have been participating and learning every day from my new PLN! I am now at 382 tweets with 127 followers and following 162. I can see how quickly these numbers change once you get involved. Now my struggle will be to manage my time. I can't be on twitter non-stop! Ugh, the fight for balance never ends!
What I've discovered: And yes, be prepared for the trite garden metaphor...sorry but that's all I got!
My biggest "Aha!" Moment... know when to walk away.
The tweet below is a reminder for self-regulation when on Twitter. Avoid filter failure or you will become overwhelmed with all there is to read and learn.