Intro: Building a PLN in Twitter

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Why Twitter?

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Twitter in 60 Seconds


Twitter for Educators





Review Twitter basics in Twitter's FAQ



1. Getting Started: Set it up

  • Set up an account at http://twitter.com
  • Create a profile
  • Upload a picture
  • Write brief description of your work and interests
  • Provide link to site that provides more information about you professionally, i.e. your blog, Linked In account, class website or wiki
  • Select a background for your Twitter page.
  • Select your settings. Note: Educators are reluctant to follow people who "protect their updates."

2. Set up Hootsuite

3. Read twitter feeds from other Educators

  • Do not start following a lot of people before you have posted a good number of posts that potential followers will find valuable!
    • The objective is to follow people and have them follow you back!
  • Get a sense of the posts that are out there by reading tweets of other educators. Typically, these fall into these areas:
    • Retweets- can be with or without your own comments
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    • Resources sharing
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    • Information sharing
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    • Conversation
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    • Direct Message

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4. Post some tweets.makewayforducklings01.jpg

This is pre-loading your account with enough valuable information so that when you follow someone, and they take a look at your account to see if you are worthy of following - they'll see something of substance!

5. Follow some people: Tips for Who to Follow


The best tips I've seen come from @suewaters. In her blog post listed above, she posts:

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