I’ve extolled the virtues of Twitter as a tool for connecting, learning and collaborating on many an occasion.
A mere ten minutes on Twitter often yields interesting links, book recommendations, thoughtful conversations, opportunities to collaborate, ideas that push one’s thinking…
Live Twitter chats, usually fast and furious, often add another dimension to the learning, as like minded (or better still, differently minded) educators bounce ideas back and forth.
I’ve watched the part Twitter has played in the learning of a young teacher I mentored last year and wondered how educators who don’t connect via social media can hope to keep up.
Sometimes a bit of light Twitter conversation and banter can be fun too!
But then there are tweets that add little, if any, value…
1. Self promotion – How great you are, how fabulous your presentation was, the awards you won. (Unless tweeted by someone other than you)
2. Requests to vote for you so that you can win the above mentioned awards. (Doesn’t canvassing for votes render awards meaningless?)
3. Your minute by minute life updates – where you went, what you ate, how far you ran…
4. Your kids’ minute by minute life updates – where they went, what they ate, how far they ran (even if accompanied by cute pictures).
5. Your popularity on Twitter – how many new followers you have this week, how many RTs, the extent of your reach (whatever that means).
6. Endless tweets with beautiful pictures and quotes about education, leadership or life. (Rather share your own experience and reflections on these topics)
7. Endless retweets of above mentioned posters with beautiful pictures and quotes….
8. Infographics that are more graphic and less info, often not proof read, not thought through and not particularly useful. (Looking good isn’t enough)
9. Lists of 100 best anythings (tools, blogs, ideas, lessons). Who has time to read all that? Did you read all 100 links before you tweeted?
10. This one’s yours. Anything to add?