I must admit, when I first heard about Twitter I was skeptical. I did not understand what exactly it was, or why anyone would use it. At this point, I was already on Facebook and was an avid user of the “facebook status” posts to let my friends know what I was up to or what was on my mind…. why would I want to share these things in 140 characters with the entire world wide web?
Although I did not completely understand the benefits of the site, I joined Twitter to see what all the hype was about. When I first signed up I followed a few people that I knew, or knew of in my personal life. Soon I was following celebrities and educators and soon began to understand what a great tool Twitter really is. Since I did not have many people following me, I rarely tweeted or knew what to even tweet about.
Now, I have over 400 tweets, am following over 100 people and have 90 followers myself. Through my ECMP 355 experience I am really starting to get the hang of Twitter, and have even advanced to using TweetDeck (which I really enjoy). I genuinely enjoy sharing resources with other educators through Twitter and would like to start tweeting more resources myself. I prefer to use Twitter for professional purposes and have found that it has helped me out a number of times while I have been looking for resources for papers and projects.
Are you one Twitter? Do you use it for personal or professional use, or both? Do you try to keep up with everyone that you follow and read all tweets? I find that to be my biggest struggle right now, I am following 100+ people and I want to read what everyone has to say, but I have trouble finding the time to keep up-to-date with all the tweets. Any recommendations?
My Twitter: @mcfarla