As you may know, Twitter allows you to send a very short (140 character) messages out to all of your followers. The more followers you have, the more people you reach. While having many followers is better than having less followers, it is not necessarily a formula for success. Rather, it is the quality of your followers that really determines how helpful Twitter is for you.
When I say quality, I don’t really mean how smart or good looking they are. I mean are they members of a tribe of people that care about what you care about? For me, my Twitter followers (and those I follow) mostly fall into two communities: Tech teachers and autism. I know that when I share something, it is going to people that care about what I am sharing. While that is totally awesome, what is even more awesome is that I can reach out for help to this group and know, because they are members of the same tribe, that they will help me.
For me this means tech ideas, lesson ideas, job contacts, autism therapies, etc.
Would I like to have 30,000 followers. Oh yeah! But I really should do it in a way that ensures quality.
In the end, it is really a competition for attention. Members of your tribe(s), whoever that might be, are more likely to look up and care when you say or ask for something.
- If you don’t have a Twitter account, be sure to set one up.
- Read through some/all of the resources below.
- In the comments section below, list 1-3 goals you have for using Twitter. In other words, what is your mission? Why would you want to spend your valuable time on something people use to announce what they had for breakfast?
- Open a Word or Pages document
- Write a 250 word, or more, reflection on taking your Twitter account to the next level.
- Possible items to discuss:
- One or more ways you can put Twitter to better use
- Quality v. quantity of followers
- What is there to talk about with all the followers anyway?
- Is a TweetChat for you?
But I want more followers! As we learned in the Generation Like lesson, having more followers makes us feel good. A fast way to increase the number of followers you have is to follow more people. Many people will auto follow you back. While that increases your numbers, we still face the quality issue. Do these people really care about what you have to offer and/or want to join your tribe?
Twitter Tools and Tips for Teachers and Educators
Organize and build custom timelines, keep track of lists, searches, activity and more—all in one interface.
Find exactly what you're looking for.
Create searches to track topics, events and hashtags. Refine the results with filters.
Manage multiple accounts.
Tweet, monitor and follow new accounts from all—or just one of your accounts.