I have not been shy about sharing my passion and love for Twitter. It is the most influential tool in my personal learning network.
Here’s why I love Twitter:
- Twitter allows me to share and glean resources I can use in the classroom
- I meet and connect with other educators from around the world whom I would otherwise never be able to meet
- I’ve become aware of and involved in conversations "beyond my field"
- It gives me 24/7 access to the most creative, influential, and innovative minds the world has to offer, allowing me a virtual whiteboard and brainstorm group
- And yes, it makes my personal brand "findable"
As a critical reader and writer, Twitter or otherwise, you must be purposeful in how you engage. You get what you put in, and I am not talking about the number of "Tweets"-I am talking about engagement in the conversations.
My Twitter Engagement Formula is my guideline for entering the Twittersphere with purpose and intention. It’s what I call my 70-20-10.
Share Resources (70) – Successful learning in the 21st Century is not what you know, but what you can share, so 70 % of my Twittertime is spent sharing others voices, opinions, and tools.
Collaborations (20) – 20% of my Tweets are directly responding, connecting, collaboration, and co-creating with like-minded Twitter colleagues. From these important tweets, lifelong professional and personal relationships have been forged.
Chit-Chat (10) 10% of my Twittertalk is "chit-chat-how’s-your-hat" stuff. It is in these "trivial" details shared about working out, favorite movies, politics, and life in general that I connect with others as a human being. These simple chit chats are what have allowed me to know that I am never alone, and there is support whenever, wherever, and however I need it!
Your Twitter Engagement Formula will, of course, be different, but I encourage you to create one. Engage with purpose and intention, and Twitter success will follow!
By following this formula, I’m honored to land on the Top 100 list of eLearning Professionals on Twitter. If you’re just starting to follow people on Twitter — start with this list.