I was very cynical about Twitter when I first heard about it and saw how it was being used. My initial thought was that it was a time waster at best and narcissistic at worst. Why would anyone post their minute to minute activity and why would anyone be interested in following?
During one of my early conversations with our new Director of Academics, Denise Lamarche, I was asked whether I was on Twitter. I scoffed and shook my head “no way.” She continued on and recommended it as a way to collaborate professionally. I had never considered Twitter that way and was willing to learn more.
I have now been a “tweeter” for 6 weeks.
My community has grown. I have a professional network that includes the likes of Sir Ken Robinson, Dan Pink, Ted.com, Harvard Business Review, along with other professionals who are interested in leadership and educators focusing on 21st Century learning.
It saves me time. I like to read about what is current and what people are discussing. When the same article is tweeted by 5 of the people I am following, I know it has struck a chord and is worth a read and some thought. When a leadership topic is being presented and debated through Twitter whether it is from a business, political or educational perspective, it prompts me to look at that topic through the SMUS lens and examine what we do.
It promotes collaboration. There are 320+ new Twitter accounts opened every 60 seconds globally and tools like Twitter facilitate communication without boundaries. The criterion becomes common interest, not common location.
Communicating in 140 characters is not easy but can be effective. If you are not a Twitter member, I encourage you to join and do a search based on a personal/professional interest area or passion. See what is out there and what people are saying about topics you are interested in.
Becky_smus on twitter.
I promise not to tweet about what I am going to eat for dinner…