Wednesday, June 22, 2016

10 ways to go from lurker to connected on twitter

“You should be on Twitter.”

“It’s the best source of PD, 24-7!” 

“Twitter is the best place to learn about trends, hacks, and best practices.”

Maybe you’ve heard these statements when someone is describing the “power of twitter.” I know that I myself have said these things, too. Being on twitter is great… but it’s not just from having an account or tweeting about what’s happening in one’s life or school. The POWER of twitter comes from the connections that are made there. But how does one move from being a “lurker,” or one who passively reads and watches conversations to being “connected?” 

Here are 10 suggestions on how to make the most out of a twitter presence and maximize your learning through the social platform. 

1. Participate in the #followfriday community. Each Friday, recommend several people to follow and use the #FF or #followfriday hashtag. 
2. Find a twitter chat that interests you and be a regular participant. Be sure to contribute to at least each question and retweet or comment on others’ tweets.
3. Share some inspirational or motivational quotes and images, and tag others in the tweets.
4. Regularly share links to blog posts from bloggers you follow. 
5. Occasionally share personal interests, such as hobbies, fun facts, or insights into your personal life. Let others know you’re human!
6. Use Tweetdeck or Hootsuite to easily follow hashtags. Be sure to retweet, comment, and share the tweets you like or find interesting.
7. Always talk back to those who want to engage with you.
8. Don’t SPAM or clog someone's feed with an overload of tweets.
9. Learn conference hashtags when you attend and share relevant quotes, questions, and photos while tagging them with the conference hashtag.
10. Remember that learning is a social activity. Share insights, ask questions, reflect and “think out loud” with others to tap into the opportunities for professional growth.

Which one resonated with you the most?
What would you add to this list?

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