Twitter Tips, Tricks and Tweets (Photo credit: Scott Beale)
This past summer, I was invited to present on social media in the classroom at several state conferences. You can find the link to one of the presentations here. Today, I was asked to give three tips that I thought were important. So without further adieu, here goes!!
Have separate accounts for your professional tweets, and tweet regularly, including links and mentions in your tweets.
This will assure that only things regarding your classroom, profession, or things of a professional nature are tweeted to your students, parents of students, or peers. IT will also help generate followers and retweets, as well as establish you as an expert in your field. You also learn to focus your thoughts into 140 characters or less.
Use Twitter as a real time search engine
, Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines
have specific algorithms they use to pick who gets placed where in their search results. By using hashtags and/or keywords, you can get the latest thoughts from other tweeters, who may provide you with links to content that are more pertinent and fresher than those you might find in traditional search engines.
In the world of followers, it is more about the quality of your followers, not the quantity.
It is better to have a few influential followers who retweet your content to a large group of followers, than to have a huge following that never pass your content along. It also keeps the possibility of spam or unwanted tweets out of your timeline. The general rule of thumb is follow one account for every 4 accounts following you.
And one bonus tip:
Watch out where the huskies go, and never eat the yellow snow. Frank Zappa said that, and while it has has nothing to do with social media in the classroom, it is still a tip to live by!