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Creating a PLN: Using Twitter to Build a Community

Creating a PLN: Using Twitter to Build a Community

Naomi Bates

on 23 July 2013

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"How to use Twitter to grow your PLN."
Chances Are You've Already "PLN"ed!
Creating a PLN: Using Twitter to build a community
The original PLN (1980s and earlier):
It's all about digital perception...
It's the electronic version of a workshop, a large conference call, or a staff development
How does Twitter Work as a PLN?
Join a Tweetchat
Work virtually with anyone on a collaboration
Lurk and learn (but it's always better to participate!)
Create curated lists
Follow a particular hashtag
Contribute to conversations
"Favorite" list hashtags, tweets, or links
Creating unique hashtags for your campus or district
Creating unique hashtags for your professional community
Getting Started:Things to know before you tweet
before you create an account, think about how you want to "brand" yourself with a moniker and what your profile will say. Link your site as well.
Pitfalls to Avoid
It's okay to show your personal side,
but keep the theme of your Twitter
in mind
The advent of technology (early 1990s): Email!
The growth of technology (mid to late 1990s): the Internet...

Beginning of Social Media (late 1990s to 2000s):
The Spread of Social Media (early 2000s to current):
The ever-changing face of a PLN (today):
Like an online course, you follow a strand
or conversation.
Share your thoughts, links, quotes
pictures video
Short and sweet, it only
allows 140 characters, including
any other media you put on it
Follow and be followed by your campus, people you meet at conference, those with professional presence
it can get "noisy" when participating
in an online chat
it's used more personally than
you have to really think about
what you're writing because of
lack of characters
You don't really know this person...
are they on the up and up?
Do I have to participate or can I lurk?
Symbols to know:
@ if you want a "shout out" to someone in your tweet
# to create a hashtag, to topic that can be following
MT you'll see this in front of a tweet. It simply means a modified tweet (adding your own "value" to someone else's tweet
RT also found in front of a tweet. I signifies you are retweeting someone else's post
DM: direct message. People use this to start private conversations via their inbox
#FF: Follow Friday is when you put someone's Twitter moniker out there for others to follow
Who to follow: This is completely up to you.
Start with colleagues, ask online, think about who or
what you'd like to follow
Use Twitter recommendations
Use the magnifiying glass and type a name to see if they tweet
Look at retweets to "connect the dots"
Overposting on everything and anything.
You don't have to tweet a whole bunch
all the time. Sometimes the quiet
voice is heard the loudest
Long periods of time
between tweets
You don't have to follow everyone who follows you:
Give yourself or them time to create a twitter presence
Not putting a profile picture up and using the egg instead...
Thinking of your value in terms of followers.
PLNs are about learning and collaborating, not necessarily creating personal relationships, but maintaining professional relationships (which can start or become personal)
The addiction....oh the addiction!
Set boundaries or time limits on tweeting. It can be a timesucker!
Not tweeting anything original
Twitter Support Center;
"Cybraryman's Educational Website: some educational hashtags."
"Twitter in Plain English." by Commoncraft
Make sure you have
Twitter links on your
other web presences
(ie Blogs, websites, Goodreads, Shelfari)
People to Follow on Twitter:

@Edudemic: community of educators
and technologists looking to enhance learning

@WeAreTeachers: online community of teachers of all types (Austin, TX)

@edutopia: Inspiration and information for what works in education

@teachthought: learning, trends, technology, education

@mashable: news, resources, & fun for the connected generation

created by Naomi Bates @yabooksandmore
Anatomy of Twitter
Ross, Carrie. The Use of Twitter in the creation of educational professional learning opportunities.

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