2. Share Information and Retweet: Don't just lurk or promote yourself, share ideas and links to resources. Retweet the information that you find valuable. Make sure you have a good ratio of tweets and retweets. Nobody wants to follow your never ending monologue. Just like in kindergarten, you need to listen and share to make friends.
3. Know your Audience: If you want to use Twitter as a professional learning network post information that is relevant to your professional life. The occasional goofy picture is fine, but create a personal account if you have a frequent urge to share your beer can collection or LOL cat fascination. Sharing relevant professional information that highlights your professional interest or expertise will facilitate the development of an active learning community that will support your professional growth.
4. Use #Hashtags and Twitter Lists to Avoid Being Overwhelmed: Your Twitter page can looking like a fast moving springtime creek once you start following more than a hundred people. Using Twitter lists or searching by #hashtags can make it easier to find the information you want. A Twitter list is a curated list of Twitter users that you can create or subscribe to. Once the list has been created you can view the Tweets just from the people on the list. This is a great way to follow the Tweets of people from your school, district, or educational speciality.
- Twitter List of Canadian Teachers
- Twitter List of Canadian Educational Leaders
- Twitter List of Canadian Professors
5. Follow the Leading Canadian Tweeters: The quality of your Twitter experience will depend on who you follow. In addition to following your colleagues and the organization you work for be sure to follow some of the most active Canadian educators on Twitter. The large number of followers these educators have amassed is a result of their exemplary use of Twitter. Following these leading Tweeters will give you a diverse offering of perspectives and resources. Following just people you already know will result in a echo chamber that fails to provide you with new ideas or opinions.