As educators, we should encourage our colleagues to start a twitter account. After all, Twitter is the exponent of learning. To start a Twitter account, you need to create a stream of good content that will provide a wealth of information. However, getting started on Twitter is hard, especially if you are uncomfortable interacting with complete strangers, but I hope this list along with these steps will help convert your Peeps into Tweeps.
How to Convert your Peeps into Tweeps
Step 1 - Follow these FolksNow this is not everyone that I learn from. In fact there are tons of people that I could have put on this list, but space is an issue. For more names, just go to my Twitter account and look at my followers or my following list.
Step 2 - Find more people to follow
Once you follow these people, see who they are following, retweeting, favoriting and interacting with, and then follow those people as well.
Step 3 - Read, favorite and retweet what they postOnce you start following people, you can interact with them or their content by reading, favoriting, and retweeting (RT) what they are tweeting. You don't have to say anything. Just share their thoughts.
Step 4 - Reply or Quote a TweetStart replying to tweets or quoting tweets that you find interesting. Conversing with members of your PLN is a powerful learning activity as these folks help you grow in your comfort with Twitter.
Step 5 - Participate in a Twitter ChatGo to @cybraryman's page to find a schedule of Twitter chats and participate in one. Participating in a chat can be quite exhilarating as a flood of ideas and thoughts around a central topic can expand your knowledge beyond what you could ever learn in your district. Don't forget to add the #hashtag of the chat so that your thoughts are visible to everyone participating in the chat.
New is not that Scary
Twitter is not that scary once you get going. Just log on, start following folks and learn from them. Once you're comfortable, you can jump in there and share your ideas. I promise you that your contributions are great and people want to hear them. The most important reason to get on Twitter is to continue your own personal growth and development, and the reason that is important is because it will help your students learn more from you. Good luck and tweet on.