I have really enjoyed and benefitted from being active on Twitter. It has helped me build connections and develop strong relationships that have provided great learning experiences for both my students and me. Twitter introduces me to new practices in education and provides insight into current research. I can learn what is going on in others’ classrooms and schools. After attending ISTE, observing recent tweets and also chatting with friends, I wonder…
“Is there a fine line between sharing your passion and promoting yourself on Twitter?”
Here are some of my wonderings…
- Is it expected that you follow everyone who follows you?
- Do people compare the numbers of followers to following?
- Is it ideal for educators to disclose that they are associated with certain companies, services or apps on their profile?
Retweeting (RT) - not responding
- Is it okay to RT or quote any compliments given by others?
- Should you RT or quote when someone has given you positive comments about your blog?
- How often should you tweet out your blog?
- Is it cool to drop into a chat, introduce yourself and ask for people to follow?
- Is it okay for one to drop into a chat, share a blog with little or no contribution?
- Are there any unknown protocols or expectations when participating in a Twitter chat?
Direct Messages (DM)
- How do you feel about automated messages thanking you for following?
I so appreciate the humility and generosity of many educators who share their passion, successes, failures, blogs, lessons and reflections. I assume they do this because they want what is best for their students. Or should I say our students, as they share to make us more effective educators as Brad Currie so clearly stated on #satchat.