Tweet much? Share how and why you're using Twitter.

Tweet much? Share how and why you

You might be surprised to learn that most e-learning people are not on Twitter. At least not the ones attending workshops, conferences, and presentations.

Now, the people presenting at events are likely using Twitter and social media on a more active level. But the average attendee is not using Twitter.

For those of you who are active using Twitter, how are you using it? Why do you use it? And what suggestions would you give to someone who has never actively participated on Twitter.

13 Replies
Holly MacDonald

Very active Twitter user (https://twitter.com/sparkandco). Here's how I use it:

1. Moderate #chat2lrn - a twitter chat that takes place every other Thursday (8 am Pacific) - https://chat2lrn.wordpress.com/ - we talk about learning in general, it's like a mini-conference session from your desktop. https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%23chat2lrn 

2. To follow topics - for example I'm doing a bunch of research into the Experience API, so track conversations tagged with #xAPI. 

3. To connect with experts, peers, or anyone else. 

4. To keep up to date on the industry and other fields. I follow health communicators, tech experts, neuro-scientists, marketers, UX designers, etc. 

5. To share my own thoughts and content - blog posts, questions I might have, someone else's post or tweet that I might have some additional insight. I also use "scoop-it"http://www.scoop.it/t/organizational-learning-and-development/  and find lots of information to add to my page via twitter. 

Advice for newbies - find a hashtag and start following some people. Lurk for a bit and then jump in!

Ashley Chiasson

Like Holly, I'm very active on Twitter as well (https://twitter.com/amdchiasson). I use it to:

  1. Network and keep in touch with folks in the ELH community and other e-learning professionals;
  2. Stay on top of new blog posts; I tend to prefer scrolling through my Twitter feed for new blog posts from the folks I follow than to maintain an RSS feed;
  3. To connect with colleagues when I'm stumped and need a second set of eyes or some advice;
  4. Participate in microlearning events (e.g. chat2lrn)
  5. Promote my blog posts and useful information I stumble upon; 
  6. Share other user tweets and blog posts; and
  7. Stay up-to-date on local information (primarily traffic tweets).
Joshua Stoner

Sadly not as active as I should be but I try :) 

https://twitter.com/joshuastoner

I like Twitter for its quick real-time posts providing information when you want/need it and can find inspiration and helpful information when you are just browsing.  It is also nice having hashtags to collaborate and interact with conversations happening among conferences/events or just within relevant topics.

Major uses:

  1. Networking
  2. News and updates both in the industry and outside
    (UX, Design Thinking, World News, Coding, etc.)
  3. Design inspiration
  4. Latest Blogs (as well as tips & tricks postings)
  5. Getting real-time support or feedback
  6. Sharing my ideas as well as other people's ideas and posts

Advice for newbies: it is best to just dive in, follow people who inspire you and interact with fellow Twitter users as much as you can. 

Matthew Guyan

I'm on Twitter a lot too (https://twitter.com/MattGuyan) and for the reasons listed above. I also help out with a L&D chat here in Australia called OzLearn (https://twitter.com/OzLearn).

My Twitter feed is focused on people working in the learning space - I use Facebook for the social stuff.

If you're just starting out, take it slowly and try things out. Start by following a few people and grow from there. You'll learn a lot by experimenting.

Just a thought - we could have an Articulate chat?

Mike Taylor

I'm on Twitter ( http://Twitter.com/tmiket ) for many of the reasons above. It is the easiest way to access super smart and talented people like David and everyone else up there 👆

You never have to tweet yourself to learn a lot from Twitter. I share a lot of the best learning-related things I find, but you don't have to.

Once you follow more than just a few accounts Twitter lists are a great way to organize who you follow. You could have one for elearning, one for news, another for local info, etc.

Rachel Barnum

I'm on Twitter initially just for personal fun, but now I use it for professional life as well. (www.twitter.com/ohthatrachel) - I love sharing info and joining in on the various chats out there. However, I do keep it fairly personal  as well - I love video games, so I interact with a lot of other gamers and talk about them or whatever else is happening. I like to follow people that do the same.

Melanie Sobie

I originally got on Twitter a couple of years ago because of the Articulate community. Blog posts I was reading on the Rapid E-Learning blog would often include a comment someone made on Twitter or would link to additional information via Twitter. I felt I was missing out and wanted to join in all the fun!

I have found Twitter to be a  more efficient way to keep up-to-date in my field. I’ve  dramatically reduced the number of e-newsletters I’m subscribed to (which I didn’t have time to read anymore), in favor of following people on Twitter.

I work for an organization that doesn’t have any money in the budget to allow me to attend non-local conferences or workshops. With Twitter I can peek in the window on these events and learn a few things from others and not feel so left out (aka: lurking).

Learning from and networking with like-minded people is the overall benefit to using Twitter.  Have you heard the saying – Facebook is for friends and family, and Twitter is for who you want to be friends with? It is so true. Twitter makes me feel like I have a fantastic group of (online) co-workers. A lot of times I’ve worked alone or with only one other person who understands what you do. I’ve also had fun participating in a couple of Twitter challenges: https://Twitter.com/sladetim/status/461896455783866369

http://www.learndash.com/elearning-advice-in-140-characters/

I also rely on it to stay up-to-date on local traffic situations. In Wisconsin we only have two seasons: Winter and Road Construction! Both come with their own unique set of traffic snarls you want to know about before you head out.