5 Things To Get Your Twitter Network Off The Ground

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  • Anonymous

    Yes Simon you are right persistence is one of the most important things, with more people helping these days I think networks grow quicker. It is also dependent on how you treat it n those early days. Thanks for the comment.

  • http://twitter.com/simonmlewis Simon Lewis

    Yep, good advice here – particularly the sticking at it. The beginning of Twitter is like talking into a vacuum then all of a sudden it becomes a lifeline! My first 1,000 tweets took me about 2 years to write; my second 1,000 tweets about 2 months.

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  • Bredboboy

    Thanks for the tips, been a great help!

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  • http://twitter.com/Heeley45 Sarah Heeley

    I have been using Twitter for a few months now. If I need advice or information about something I use the knowledge and expertise of those I have added. In turn they use their network of friends to help me. It is a continuous learning journey and yes I am building up a bank of experienced teachers who will help and give me advice. A great resource I am learning from others and in turn people ask me for advice too.

  • http://twitter.com/pepsmccrea peps mccrea

    very useful inspiration, thanks for taking the time.

    particularly interested in the idea there will be ‘a “tipping point” when the connections you have made reap a bountiful information harvest’. would be a great data investigation!

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  • katiepiatt

    Now we have twitter lists, a good way of getting started is to find a colleague you trust already on twitter and check out their lists – they are likely to have an EdTech list or possibly an list of other colleagues in your area/Institution. It provides a quick way of finding likely people to follow.

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  • katiepiatt

    Now we have twitter lists, a good way of getting started is to find a colleague you trust already on twitter and check out their lists – they are likely to have an EdTech list or possibly an list of other colleagues in your area/Institution. It provides a quick way of finding likely people to follow.

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  • Rob McTaggart

    Thanks Tom. Great tips for novice twits like myself :)

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  • http://bit.ly/9Vdf2 Rob Bell

    Some fantastic tips there Tom – especially the one about persevering and sticking at it, as it’s not always easy to build followers and join in with the community for everybody.

    My big tip would be “Make yourself useful”. Help people out, they’ll appreciate it and think of you as someone worth telling others about, plus you might get their business when they need one of your products/services.

    I’ve written a free ebook to help people who are new to Twitter, you can get it from Rob-Bell.com. Even if you’re not new you might learn something!

    Twitter’s rapidly turned into a phenomenon – it is probably the best real-time news service available anywhere on the planet, and it’s bringing diverse people from all over together, making the world a whole lot smaller and friendlier place.

    Rob Bell

  • http://mrstacey.org.uk Dave Stacey

    Hi Tom,

    Great list and more great advice in the comments. The only thing I’d add is that every individual will find their own way to use Twitter.

    Don’t get sucked into following the same number of people as someone else, don’t believe the articles that say you ‘must’ behave in this way, follow everyone back, tweet this many times a day or whatever. And once you’ve found a way to use Twitter, accept that that will probably change over time! I go through spells of following loads of people, and then at other times cut back because I can’t cope with the volume.

    It’s your account, use it how YOU want :0)

  • http://techchicktips.net Anna Adam

    Excellent list! I’m going to bookmark this to share when I talk Twitter with noobs. Thanks!

  • http://www.stuff4teaching.com/news Martin

    I’d also recommend that if you’re starting out, that you select the ‘Protect my updates’ box in the account section. That way you can decide who follows your updates.

    Once you feel more confident, then you can open up your network to anyone in twitterland.

  • http://diarytechsupporter.blogspot.com/ Melissa

    I agree with all of the above. I think the profile is very important, but using Twitter as a 2 way street is even more crucial. Don’t just ask and take, make sure that like what Tom mentioned above, share your ideas, children’s revelations, lessons, and URL’s. I love retweeting great URL’s! One more recommendation is for you to add your name to http://twitter4teachers.pbwiki.com/#ElementaryTeachers. Mr. Tweet helped me to grow my network too. (On a different note, if you skype here is a directory for you to add to too! http://skypeinschools.pbwiki.com/Directory)

    Thanks for your great posts Tom. They are always inspiring.

  • http://technowellies.wordpress.com/ alilydon

    thanks SO MUCH for the offer- so the first question- how do I DM you my email so I can collaborate with the flip video ideas? (or pocket video!)..

    secondly, if I put Dtombarrett and then type a message, does that message go just to you? Do I need colons or anything?

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  • Tania Kennedy

    Hi Tom,
    Thanks for this post – having recently started using twitter I was feeling a bit lost. You’ve given me some great ideas and encouragement to keep going.
    Sue Waters’ links are really good too – thanks Sue.
    I’m taniakennedy on twitter.

  • http://aquaculturepda.edublogs.org/ Sue Waters

    Hi Tom –

    As an experienced twitter user I have to confess that I will have days that I struggle – probably no different from the days you struggle to blog. So I find that icebreakers work well — for example the great chocolate debate (which I will win eventually).

    My advice to new people is think of it like f2f conversations and you will struggle less. You don’t walk up to someone f2f and just start asking, asking, or dumping lots of information. Instead you engage in small talk which may seem meaningless but we know that in f2f situations it is part of relationship building. Small talk on twitter is part of this relationship building and builds connections with others. Besides apparently people enjoy my broken toilets, holiday adventures etc more sometimes than other conversations :)

    here is a link to the twitter page on my PLN Yourself website. New people are finding it helpful – I believe.

  • http://tbarrett.edublogs.org/ tbarrett

    @alilydon Any questions about the tips I would be more then happy to help – just let me know.

  • http://technowellies.wordpress.com/ alilydon

    Thanks- I am a teacher in edinburgh and have just started to use twitter. It is so big and I am so small… so any tips on getting up and running are really appreciated. I just need to understand them all now!

  • http://thumannresources.com Lisa Thumann

    This is great advice Tom, thanks for sharing. When people follow me I look at their profile and then I look to see what they’ve been Tweeting about too. I like to see that they are sharing what’s going on -related to education – links, what’s going on in their classroom, anything thing that We might have in common.

    Again – great advice.

  • http://budtalbot.blogspot.com Bud

    Nice post, Tom and thanks for helping other educators to get involved and build the twitter educator network.


  • Katie Warren

    Hi, Tom,
    This is a really great list for beginners and even some of us who have been twittering awhile. Thanks.
    Katie (twitter = katiewarren)