Prior to this module, Twitter and tweeting were definitely foreign to me. As a class requirement, we had to tweet, which was weird to me. At first I wasn’t completely sure what to tweet, then I began tweeting about the articles we were assigned to read as well as other quotes I read about writing. I also tweeted whenever I added a new blog post to my blog, Fashion Forward Student. I did not get much feedback on my tweets besides a few “favorites” and even fewer comments, but I blame that on not having many followers.
I do believe Twitter is great for connecting with people in a professional community, more so than Facebook or other social networking sites. In order to find people in my professional community, I searched “#education” and found endless tweets about different issues in education. I did reply to a few of these tweets, but unfortunately, my replies went unnoticed, but my feelings weren’t hurt. Since getting acquainted with Twitter, I realized it is difficult keeping up with replies, even though I have got so few of them. This is mainly because I am so new to Twitter and still learning how to navigate the site, but I noticed the professionals I replied to have A LOT of followers, which is why my comment probably got lost in the sauce. I have a handful of followers and at times it is days before I notice a reply or message on my Twitter and that’s why I forgive these professionals for ignoring me. I have forgiven and forgotten.
One of the first professionals i tweeted was Dr. Justin Tarte. I chose the following tweet to reply to:
— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) February 18, 2015
The image that accompanies this tweet is a photo of the quote, “The most dangerous phrase in the language is “we’ve always done it this way.”
To which I replied:
@justintarte time for change!
— Amanda Darpino (@AmandaDarpino) February 18, 2015
Now, I know this is a weak attempt. I didn’t give Dr. Justin Tarte much to reply to, but my next attempt was better.
This is the first #generation of youth who will learn more from a portable device than from a classroom.
— Tim Elmore (@TimElmore) February 20, 2015
To which I replied:
@TimElmore technology is taking over the classroom. as long as we incorporate those devices in the classroom, we will have the best of both
— Amanda Darpino (@AmandaDarpino) February 22, 2015
So, my second attempt was better, but still no reply.
I believe this is because Tim Elmore has 33.8K followers and follows 28.3K.
His bio reads: President of @GrowingLeaders. Author of #Habitudes. Committed to training the next generation of leaders.
Tim Elmore posts about relevant education issues frequently. He follows fellow educators and leaders in education. By visiting his list of followers, i was able to find many other professionals in my field to follow.
Although Twitter is still new to me, I believe it is great for getting in contact with fellow professionals. It is not my first choice for social networks, but that could change one I build my followers and learn to navigate the site better.