4 – Twitter

Same position as in 2018. 

Twitter is a prime place for professional social networking, for news and updates, and for use as a backchannel and real-time chats.

Website: twitter.com
Cost: Free
Availability: Online

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 3
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 19
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 11

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 4.      2017: 5       2016: 3      2015: 1       2014: 1       2013: 1
2012: 1.      2011: 1       2010: 1      2009: 1       2008: 11     2007: 43 

Comments from some of those who selected Twitter as one of their Top Tools in 2019

“This is the first social media app that I launch on my computer. I use it for both personal and professional learning and especially like the ‘lists’ feature to view and participate in a variety of ‘streams of conversations’.” Taruna Goel, Canada https://tarunagoel.blogspot.com/2019/09/my-top-10-learning-tools-2019.html

“the social media choice, because after all these years this remains a certainty in our top 10 … Twitter offers us the opportunity to keep our finger on the L&D pulse, to meet like-minded people worldwide, to discover interesting articles, to engage in interesting conversations” Matt Vermeulen, Belgium, https://www.winstonwolfe.be/tools-for-learning-2019-onze-selectie/

“Still one of the best ways to connect with great people for conversations on relevant, professional topics.” Mike Taylor, USA https://mike-taylor.org/2019/07/02/mike-taylors-2019-top-10-learning-tools/

“Dipping into the flow of Twitter for just a few minutes can be exhilarating. I find learning resources, new ideas and interesting people. Twitter is a top tool because of its flexibility. You can share and discover links to new ideas, chat with groups, search for specific topics and have private conversations.” Connie Malamed, learning experience design consultant, USA http://theelearningcoach.com/reviews/top-ten-tools-in-my-ple/

“My personal learning network (PLN) on Twitter is vibrant and full of generous, knowledgable people who contribute to my growth daily.” Bonnie Stachowiak, Assiatant Profressor, USA https://teachinginhighered.com/2019/07/16/top-10-tools-for-learning/

“Usually my first source for information from selected parts of my network. Use of lists is essential to filter the firehouse.” Julian Elve, UK https://www.synesthesia.co.uk/2019/08/23/top-10-tools-for-learning-2019/

“Of course, Twitter is a way to have debates, as I recently found out, as well as chats (c.f. #lrnchat and #guildchat).  There’s also a steady stream of the latest news.” Clark Quinn, USA https://blog.learnlets.com/2019/08/top-10-learning-tools-for-2019/ 

“Next to my blog, Twitter is my best learning tool and allows me to stay connected to a diverse network. I use Tweetbot on Mac and iOS as it has no advertising or tracking and has a cleaner interface. With all of its flaws, Twitter can be a good platform for learning if you actively filter and mute.” Harold Jarche, Canada https://jarche.com/2019/09/top-tools-2019/ 

” as RSS replacement for those who don’t use RSS.” Matthias Melcher, Germany https://x28newblog.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/top-ten-tools/ 

“Twitter is the place where I quickly and easily keep up with what’s happening in the world – and in particular what others are up to with their ideas and activities around workplace learning. It’s the first place I go to when I wake up in the morning.” Jane Hart, UK https://modernworkplacelearning.com/magazine/janes-top-ten-2019/

” This is a no-brainer.  Twitter is the best way to build a personal learning network but my use of it has changed since I first started on it.  I’m finding I’m far more creative on it now and will not hesitate to share my passion and creative projects on it.  I have noticed a trend over time with a steady decreasing lack of engagement and conversations from my old Learning and Development peers but this may be because I’m not contributing to the conversations either – or selecting the conversations I participate in.  I have built more Twitter lists and trying to engage more with people outside the field of formal L&D and more of those who are possibly, sharing new ways of learning in their field (but they may not see it as such – to them it’s all about their craft or subject).” Helen Blunden, Australia http://activatelearning.com.au/2019/08/my-top-10-tools-for-learning-2/ 

“I was challenged by a senior leader to revisit Twitter as a tool to support my own professional development. I found changing my mindset and having a defined purpose has increased my use of this tool this year. I enjoy checking in to read new articles, hear from industry leaders and tap into new ideas and opportunities.” Head of Risk Skills, Australia

“Social connections – public discorse” Instructional Designer, USA

“effective way to get information. Great communities with an open mind.” Academy Leader for Concepts & Methods, Germany

“Ability to connect with many different people and organisations. Up to date, current.” Workforce Development Lead, UK

“While its value has declined over the past few years, Twitter is still the center of my professional network and curation efforts.” CLO, USA

“Communication – especially during conferences” Teacher Trainer, Finland

“Connection to a broad personal learning network. Ability to follow and connect with influencers. Simplicity of use. Participating in twitter chats (eg #lrnchat).”

“There is an abundance of learning material available on Twitter that is easily accessible. I love that I find content that I may have not otherwise come across. I often get lost in a world of learning for hours using this tool.” Learning and Development Coordinator, UK

“Drives industry knowledge through the lens of those connected” Manager of Product Development, USA

“I can follow conversations on L&D, very rich content”, Group Learning Manager, Greece

“To stay updated on almost any topic” Trainer, India

“The best platform for discovering content and interacting with others. Twitter’s lists function is superb for filtering and organising.” Learning Content Developer, Spain

“Connecting with interesting people all over the world to meet in person or via digital. Learning from and with each other. Sharing out loud what I / we learn and work.” Facilitator of Peer Learning Programs, France

“To follow & interact with teachers, instructors, researchers and other thought leaders in the area and discover more content” Designer, and Design Thinking Teacher and Coordinator, France

“Find and share information Engage in discussions and Q&As” Principal Lecturer, UK

“To find and follow community based learning and subject matter experts.” Group Head of Learning, UK

“Keeps me up to date with what is going on in the world as well as access to opinions of thought leaders.” Lecturer, UK

“Very good to do content curation and stay informed about specific topics.” Project Manager for Digital Learning, France

“Twitter gives me many short hints where I can find good content. Due to the reduced length of the tweets it is an efficient tool, too.” Learning Consultant Germany

“Fast and easy view of what’s happening across multiple areas of relevant work and personal interests” Head of Learning, Australia

“Best social medium and networking tool – I use the Twitter Bookmarking and lists A LOT.” Senior Adoption Consultant, Australia

“Twitter is where people I follow share the latest news and research. I can also save and share what I’m reading or find interesting, both for others to look at and for me to review again later.” Senior Organisational Development Consultant, New Zealand

“Immediacy, brevity, interface” Semi-Retired, France

“It’s quick direct and connected”, Senior Trainer, Germany

“easy, straight information” Consultant, Germany

Previous comments

“drinking from the fire hose that is twitter is one way I see what other people are talking about.  And share what I discover.” Clark Quinn, 2018

“Next to my blog, Twitter is my best learning tool and allows me to stay connected to a diverse network.” Harold Jarche, 2018

“The best way to engage with a broad range of people I’ve never met before. Which is possibly the most important learning and development exercise there is.” Taryl Law, 2018

“the conversation has slowed noticeably over the past few years, but it’s still my go-to tool for professional networking and curation.” JD Dillon, 2018

“my social stream” Dennis Callahan, 2018

“While Twitter has fallen from its longtime perch at the number one slot, it is still a valuable place to connect, learn and share with others.” Mike Taylor, 2018

“This has been my go-to source for knowledge for many years. I hear about skilled and interesting people, add them to one of my lists, and can enjoy their posts and conversations easily.” Patrik Bergman, 2018

“Over the last few years, I have developed my PLN even more strongly via twitter. This is my go-to place for new ideas and thoughts and to share my own discoveries and insights. I use Tweetdeck and especially enjoy using ‘lists’ to create streams of conversations on things that matter the most to me.” Taruna Goel, 2018

“if you don’t mind reading an occasional rant or filtering out the corporate BS, the best way to generate your own “information streams” about various subjects.” Jan Van Belle, 2018

“after all these years, this is still the Axel Witsel of our top 10, namely the name we put first on our paper … Twitter has been giving us the opportunity to keep our finger on the L & D pulse for years, to worldwide to meet like-minded people, to discover interesting articles, to hold interesting conversations, … Unfortunately, since last year we have noticed that less and less is really shared on twitter. Too bad, because we remain a big L & D-believer.” Mathias Vwwrmeulen, 2018

“in the past year, Twitter has become one of my most powerful tools. Of course, I share my thoughts and retweet posts by others that I find interesting and relevant to my work.  But this year I’ve been leveraging the lists functionality to create news feeds specific to topics core to my work. (thus far only one is public but I’ll make the others public in the next several weeks or so.)  I have also fallen in love with Tweet Chats. These dynamic forums are dynamite learning experience.” Dave Lee, USA

“I avoided Twitter for years because I saw little use to it. I converted, though, and it is now my #1 tool for connecting with other educators and for learning about ed-tech.” Jeremy Tucker, USA

“This is my go-to tool for learning and sharing with my professional network and peers. I also use this tool to break my filter bubbles and review the feeds of people I don’t necessarily agree with. It is a way for me to listen to and attempt to understand different perspectives and voices on professional, social, political and community matters.” Taruna Goel, Canada

“Where to find reliable sources of information ” Carlos Lopes March, Spain

“It is my go-to and general communication and resource sharing tool. Also my main information tool.” Maggie Verst, South Africa

“For my own learning this is definitely the top tool. Direct access to a peer learning network of informed, experienced, generous people who know what they’re on about.” Dan Hewitt, UK

“Because sometimes you don’t think to ask the question – but someone in your PLN does” Dan Roddy, L&D Manager, UK

“Keep me updated on areas of interest and can follow experts in my field” Annette Poro, Belgium

“still my fave social media tool for sharing, learning, professional reputation, real-time news.” David Schindler, UK

“Great tool to learn and connect.” William Colomares, College/University Teacher, Equatorial Guinea

“great for professional development – I have contacts in education all over the globe and have been led to many useful resources by my virtual colleagues!” Colleen Young, Primary/Secondary (K12) Teacher, USA

“inspiring, fast, unpredictable where it brings me to, worldwide” Annette Leeb, e-learning developer, Germany

“Keeping up with thought leaders and generally smart people” L&D Specialist, USA

“I recently discovered the joy of Twitter for learning, especially Twitter chats, and have been hooked ever since. While some consider the format (of 140 characters) a constraint, I see it as liberating.” Srividya Kumar, Consultant, India

“I’m a relative ‘rookie’ on Twitter, but have learned that it’s a great tool to monitor what is going in the World” Ulrik Gerdes, University/College Teacher, Denmark

“Best CPD tool” Clare Thomson, e-learning developer, Northern Ireland

“I only discovered Twitter as a learning tool&development this year and now it’s a tool I use daily to keep myself up-to-date with learning trends and ideas and stay in contact with other professionals” Miriam Speidel, L&D Manager, UK

“I tweet interesting things I come across.” Arlene Corrigan, College/University Teacher, Canada

“What’s not to love about Twitter.  For years, this has been my learning tool for choice to learn from my personal learning network (PLN). I use Twitter lists for creating collections based on themes I want to follow and then every day, look at these Twitter lists, favourite tweets and read them.  Everything I share or retweet has been fully read by me but I may or may not comment on them.” Helen Blunden, Consultant, Australia

“use for fostering networks in Working Out Loud circles, also for PLN” Vanessa North, L&D Manager, Australia

“Still a great, quick way to find a range of useful links and articles, and also discuss them with others in the professional community. Reading some of the discussions is a fast and provocative way to help shift thinking.” Simon Gosney, L&D Manager, UK

“tool of choice for education networking – twitter chats etc” Teresa MacKinnon, University/College Teacher, UK

“Our band program has a twitter account that we use to share information, communicate with students and parents, and connect with the community. It allows our parents and community members to follow the band when they can’t physically be there, and allows us to recognize the accomplishments of both the group and individuals in the band when they happen. I think it gives our students a sense of pride to see posts about their accomplishments liked by so many other students, and often re-tweeted by school administrators. They know they are part of tight group that extends outside the physical classroom” Chris Johnson, Primary/Secondary (K12) Teacher, USA

“For time-sensitive events and news” Lars Hegemann, L&D Manager, Belgium

“Networking for professional development, teacher education, educational technology” Shona Whyte, University/College Teacher, France

“Where else can you get find and engage with the best and brightest in your field?” Mike Taylor, USA

“In Twitter, I primarily go to my list for L&D tweets. I find lots of links to good articles, images, and other resources.” L&D Specialist, USA

“Next to my blog, Twitter is my best learning tool and allows me to stay connected to a diverse network.” Harold Jarche, Consultant, Canada

“Great for networking, collaboration and PD.” Matthew Mason, e-learning developer, Australia

“Info updates, Event insights, Blog Distribution” Thomas Jenewein, Germany

“My first point-of-call every morning to get daily insights into what my wider network is reporting.” Charles Jennings, Consultant, UK

“Best place to learn about what’s happening in my domain” Lokesh Mehra, L&D Manager, India

“Daily use for sharing, learning, engaging, networking, brand awareness, professional identity. I love the serendipity, giving, community and immediacy. It keeps me abreast of current issues and events quicker than any other media.” David Schindler, Job, Coach & Employability Coach, UK

“still best way to engage with disparate communities of thinkers” Joe Wilson, Consultant, Scotland

“for enabling flexible learning, to point to outside learning materials for students to access in their own time.” University/College teacher, UK

“the best way to generate your own “information streams” about various subjects.” Jan Van De Belle, Consultant, Belgium

“the fastest source for real time mentoring.” Roger Mundell, Vendor, Canada

“Recently I learned in a webinar about Twitter how to manage twitter timelines, so that tool replaces my usage of Twitter. Twitter is my access to do trend scouting in our L&D department” L&D Manager, Germany

“How could I not include Twitter? I was a little shocked but honoured to be nominated as one of the People Management Power List earlier in the year and that has come about through my use of Twitter. In addition to the simple way to connect with people across the world, the chats, the improved DM system,  and ease of use across all devices makes it my go to place to check what is happening. It’s the first thing I look at in the morning to check news, ahead of the radio or TV.” Andrew Jacobs, L&D Manager, UK

“I have learned more in my professional life through Twitter in the past six-and-a-half years than in the previous 30 years. For me Twitter gives access to smart people who provide an enormous wealth of information and insight through their commentary and links to research, articles and other resources. Twitter is the first tool/resource I access every day – even before I turn to see the sports results!” Charles Jennings, 2015

“I learn new things every day, following the links offered up by the 250 people I follow. I have 9,000 followers who provide feedback or answer my questions.” Jay Cross, 2015

“Twitter – until about 18 months ago I had no idea how advantageous Twitter could be for my personal learning. Now I have personal goal to not only become a much more active user myself but also I have made a big effort to promote this within my organisation. I lead a team of learning professionals and we have recently started a weekly Twitter challenge as a way to encourage everyone to increase their Twitter know-how and for their own development through the massive amounts of fantastic resources and insights available. I have also enjoyed using this as a backchannel when attending conferences” Fleur Mouchemore, 2015

“Next to my blog, Twitter is my best learning tool and allows me to stay connected to a diverse network.” Harold Jarche, 2015

“the best way to generate your own “information streams” about various subjects” Jan Van Belle, 2015
“seek knowledge via thought leaders” Saif Altalib, 2015
“twitter for notifying me of what I should know.” Roger Mundell, 2015
“flexible, conversational, versatile” Rachel Burnham, 2015
“Twitter for learning, connecting, sharing & curating” Kandy Woodfield, 2015
“fast, on the go, learning to let go (of unread stuff)” Natalie Raeber, 2015
“fast material delivery and discussion with students with hashtags” 2015

“It’s amazing how much you can learn in 140 characters. Twitter is my go-to place to catch a quick glance at what’s on the minds of hundreds of other L&D professionals at any given moment. Weekly tweet chats allow me an opportunity to engage with thought leaders and practitioners around the world. And I’ve met some great people via Twitter who I’ve later met at conferences or elsewhere in my travels. It’s nice to be able to find people to have pizza with and to geek out over training… all made possible because of Twitter. Shameless plug: if you’re not yet following me on Twitter, what are you waiting for? Now’s the time! Do it!” Brian Washburn, 2015

“Para escuchar, para hablar, para aprender.” Marta Toran, 2015

“I was far from an early adopter, but now it is hard to imagine maintaining my own learning and professional development without it. I learn via my Twitter feed every day.” Ben Carmel, 2015

“home to my PLN as well as regular chats and curation efforts …” JD Dillon, 2015

“Easily, my top choice. It’s so simple: follow amazing people = learn amazing things.” David Glow, 2015

“From time-to-time, I’ll have friends threaten to stop using Facebook, as they just no longer see value in it. I don’t hear those same threats from those who are using Twitter and have a strong personal learning network (#PLN) established for themselves. Twitter offers a constant stream of news and information that is most relevant to me (primarily on the professional front, with some personal in there, as well).” Bonnie Stachowiak, 2015

“I am pointed to many amazing and interesting things via Twitter.” Clark Quinn, 2015

“I use the original Twitter app on my Macbook and iPhone, and Twittelator on my iPad.Twitter notifies to new resources used by several at (learning) professionals. I use Twitter to share thoughts and information with other learning professionals. Great for asking questions (and giving answers). Not appropriateness for discourse and dialogue imho.” Wilfred Rubens, 2015

“a global connection” Danny Ortegon, 2014

“for personal/professional learning outside of ‘work’ within my own organnisation, incl connecting with learning professionals across many diverse contexts (education, teaching, change/leadership, business & corporate / workplace learning/ elearning which is the specific context in which I work)” Tanya Lau, 2014

“a major source of input, pointing to things of interest” Clark Quinn, 2014

“Next to my blog, Twitter is my best learning tool and allows me to stay connected to a diverse network” Harold Jarche, 2014

“if you are prepared to invest the time in finding and following the right people” Stephen Dale, 2014

“great variety of topics and infos on what’s happening” 2014

“daily sharing and chat (work focused)” David Schindler, 2014

“for conversations with other educators and sharing ideas” Chris Kirkland, 2014
“still my go to place for stuff” Mike Collins, 2014
“love the networking capabilities” Justine Poldevin, 2014
“great for cdp and serendipitous learning” Teresa MacKinnon, 2014
“my filtered PLN” JD Dillon, 2014
“Can’t beat it as a quick way to learn about what’s going on in my fields of interest and for sharing what I’m doing or have found” 2014
“This is my PLN. It’s my most powerful” Tricia Ransom, 2014
“The #1 source for my PLN info” 2014
“home of my personal learning network” 2014

“The Candy Shop of All PLN’s!” Naomi Harm, 2013
“hands down best place to learn and connect on learning and with other learning professionals”  Danny Ortegon, 2013
“personalized infofeed; extrem variety of experts” Thomas Jenewein, 2013
“following a topic is a great way for learning”  Natalie Raeber, 2013
“Keeping track of my professional network to discover new knowledge”
“A wonderful network of professionals from the same field, everyone’s accessible” Akash Bhatia, 2013
“as aggregator of professional information”
“to connect and learn from other learning professionals” Matthew Guyan, 2013
“I use this to promote independent learning outside of class by tweeting useful websites” Jayne Whistance, 2013
“easy and popular” 2013
“networking and research”  Helen Blunden, 2013
“pointers and question asking” Clark Quinn, 2013
“the best professional devt. tool ever” Charles Jennings, 2103
“Next to my blog, Twitter is my best learning tool and allows me to stay connected to a diverse network”  Harold Jarche, 2013
“Great for PD around the globe”  Tim Childers, 2103
“the hashtag world”  Paul Jacobs, 2013
“Twitter for Personal Learning Network PLN, occasionally with student in class room”  Mark Rollins, 2013
“ability to expand your classroom being your school walls and connect with others worldwide”  Shannon Bosley, 2013
“I find Twitter really useful whilst at a conference or event to see what other people are thinking about the event or conference. To learn about peers and their ideas from other companies”  Michelle Parry-Slater, 2013
“I LOVE twitter. twitter is the most powerful professional development experience I have ever had. ever. (microblogging: twitter) content presentation: social presence, teaching presence, engagement, interaction, microlearning/blogging. Engage students in personally driven professional development, community of practice, affinity groups. Reaching out to and engaging in self directed passion driven professional development.” Alexandra Pickett, 2013


“I use Twitter as a Personal Learning Network. I share daily information on resources and tools that I have found, and I select networks of people to follow that provide me with their tips, guidelines and tools that they have found.” Mary Howard

“the place for links, updates, chat, sharing, collecting opinions, professional and social networking” Maria de los Angeles Castro

“I Twitter daily using the Tweetdeck client on my desktop and on an iphone. Tthe vital tool in my personal learning network where I find and share ideas and links.” Frances Bell

“I use Twitter to share my thoughts, ideas, information with others and to learn or get inspired by others. I love the way professionals use Twitter as a backchannel during conferences, using tags, adding depth to presentations and discussions. Microblogging is the informal learning tool for me.” Jeroen Bottema

“I avoided Twitter for some time because I couldn’t see the value in it, but since I talk about Web 2.0 technologies as part of my job, I eventually decided I should give it a go. And now I am hooked! And although I enjoy the social aspects, I have picked up lots of useful information about new tools, links to websites and quick answers to questions”. Sarah Frame

“I get to know the people whose blogs I follow a little better by following them and others on Twitter. I can harvest useful URLs, and get help when I’m struggling with learning how to create something online, or trying to fix a misperforming application. And it’s just fun! “Joan Vinall-Coxs

“once my productivity nemesis, has become a valuable learning tool. Over time, I have built up a small network of strong links and a slightly larger network of weak links. I think the primary value comes in two forms: (1) a wider network and, (2) immediacy. I couldn’t manage it though without TweetDeck, a Twitter desktop application built on Adobe AIR. It helps me manage my Twitter stream through the use of columns. I am able to separate followers into different groups and more easily monitor subject matter, replies, and direct messages.”  Janet Clarey

“I learn something new several times a day and stay connected with people that form my most valuable network. This is the one tool I would choose if I could only keep one (as long as everyone else kept it also!)”  Barry Dahl

“The best way for me to keep up with the Flash and eLearning community is through twitter. I love this microblogging service for it’s up to the minute community connection. It’s 140 character limit really forces microbloggers to shorten their entries to the truly necessary information.  Tim KindbergI started using twitter after using yammer, it took a while before appreciating it. It led me to many unknown places “Herman Post