I recently saw a post sharing 100 Twitter Tips for Teachers. It’s a great list, but for me, it’s too big. I looked through the list and pulled some that I thought were especially important. Below are my 11 Twitter Tips for Educators, narrowed down from TeachThoughts 100, with some of their notes mixed in with my commentary.
My Top 11 Twitter Tips for Teachers
- Flesh out your bio. You’ll get more mileage out of your Twitter account if you actually create a profile that says something about you, offering potential followers information about your interests, professional or otherwise. This is a must and the best to way to gain (or not gain) followers!
- Educate yourself on the basics. Learn the basic terminology for Twitter and the major functions it can perform by doing a little reading on helpful social media blogs beforehand. You’ll thank yourself later.
- Learn how to use hashtags. It’s pretty much impossible to have not seen the hashtags that have been plastered on, well, everything in the past few years. But do you really know how to use them? A quick lesson can help you learn the ropes. Keep an eye on #edchat and this huge list of educational hashtags.
- Understand that following isn’t obligatory. If someone follows you, you’re not obligated to follow them back. The opposite is true as well, so don’t be offended if someone doesn’t follow you even though you’re following them.
- Always credit your sources. If you find a great gem on Twitter, don’t just copy and paste. Always make it clear that you’re retweeting someone else’s material. Not doing so isn’t just rude, it could also get your Twitter account suspended.
- Take part in Follow Fridays. Every Friday, Twitter explodes with suggestions on who to follow. Offer up your own and you may just end up in someone else’s suggestions. There are 2 forms of this – #ff and #followfriday
- Look for lists. If you’re struggling to find people to follow, look for lists of suggestions online or pick an account you love and look to who they’re following for inspiration. Steve Anderson and Richard Byrne are two educators with a large amount of followers.
- Share what you’re reading. Found a great new blog? Share it. Reading an interesting article? Share it. If it’s interesting, it’ll probably get retweeted and passed around.
- Pass on information about events. You might know about the a conference or event in your area, but other may not. Share information about talks, conferences, and other academic events that other might find interesting.
- Share your Twitter discoveries with others. If you’re having great success using Twitter, why not share that experience with your colleagues? Tell them where you got that great new resource or tool. Volunteer to teach them more about Twitter.
- Find support. We all need support in our jobs, even if we’re really good at them. Twitter is a great place to look if you’re having “one of those days.”