Social Network Inspiration

I have been in need of what I would like to call “Social Network Inspiration.” I have been on Twitter for 2 1/2 years now and have built a strong Personal Learning Group but I found I have been doing a poor job of spreading information as well as seeking information. My latest TweetCloud prove this.



Twitter has transformed a  lot over the last 2 1/2 years I have been involved. I have formed relationships with many of the people I follow. Those relationships vary from online banter to meeting at tweet-ups to friendships. In the last few months I have been using Twitter a more of a virtual coffee break than learning tool. So I have decided to shake things up a bit. I started thinking about a blog post I read from John Pederson. In the post, his #1 Twitter rule was…

1.  I’m random about who I follow and why.  I frequently delete around half the people I follow and start over.  This strategy helps me discover new people, reconsider why I’m following the ones I do, and keeps my ADD in check.

No, I don’t have ADD but I like how randomly following people helps him discover new people. So this past week I started following a group of new people. I wasn’t quite as random as John Pederson but I am working a lot in North Carolina so I asked @kellyhines (her blog) for a few North Carolina educators to follow. Kelly came through in a flash with about 10 great people to follow. There is an excitement with NC educators that is intoxicating. Since adding the educators to my list, I feel renewed and excited to learn. So thank you Kelly and thank you NC educators.

2 thoughts on “Social Network Inspiration

  1. First, I would like to start by saying: WOOT! WOOT! I made your TweetCloud! Sorry.

    I think you have some great ideas, and as your blog always does, I reflected on my own use of Twitter. I have ADHD, and it's all good, but I have noticed that my reason for taking the leap into Twitter almost two years ago has changed.

    My original intention was to use Twitter for solely professional means. However, the beauty of it all is that I can follow and unfollow as much as I want- or change who I subscribe to by SMS depending on my mood. I have now found a way to follow things I enjoy, but also to follow people I see as peers and mentors…all depending on my mood or current fascination.

    I love your idea of “randomly” following people and cannot wait to see what I learn from your Tweets.


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