Saturday, February 22, 2014

Reflecting on Three Thousand Tweets

I was quite flattered when two cast members of Mame, Mercy's upcoming school musical, told me that they had created a Twiiter account to promote their show. They hope that I would tweet about it.  They said that their music teacher, Mrs. Ferguson had identified me as an avid tweeter.  She was right -- Last week I published my 3,000th tweet! 

I regularly encounter colleagues who do not "get" Twitter at all.  They  are very surprised to find that I claim it to be my best source of professional development.  I have cultivated a wonderful network of tweeters interested in educational technology. In 140 characters or less they point me to an incredibly rich variety of resources and opinions. I take some of the most interesting links and put them in my blog.

I regularly have over a hundred visits to these posts.  Most of these page views come from Twitter as I now have 868 followers.  You can see from the example to the right that sometimes other tweeters will tout by blog or my iTunes U courses. I reviewed Eric Sheninger's book in my blog. He referenced Becoming a Digital School Administrator in his book and has tweeted about it numerous times

One of the best features of Twitter is the hashtag.  By creating a code following a pound sign (#), tweeters can track a topic or conversation.  I have done this for our upcoming Tech Talk conference (#mhtalk). I am hoping that attendees like Karen Bosch (below) will discuss the conference on Twitter using the hashtag.
As an avid sports fan, I also enjoy Twitter.  Again, by following a selected group of sports tweeters, I can enjoy a high level of chat during a televised game. Or I can actually interact with reporters and bloggers who are at a live event.  For example I have tweeted back and forth with beat reporters who are in Lakeland, Florida covering the Tigers' spring training.

In sum, I have found Twitter to be interesting and helpful.  I use it daily to promote my school and my public activities. It is the most important source of my professional enrichment.  But is also pretty much insures that I never have to watch a game alone.  I'm looking forward to the next three thousand tweets.

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