9 – Twitter

DOWN 5 in 2020

Twitter is a place for professional social networking as well as for news and updates

Website: twitter.com
Cost: Free
Availability: Online

Ranking on the 2020 sub-lists

Top 100 Tools for
Personal Learning: 4
Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 28
Top 100 Tools for
Education: 25

Overall rankings in the 14 surveys: 2007-2020

2020: 9 2019: 4 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

“Best tool for information discovery and keeping up with trends.” Education Advisor, New Zealand, 2020

“Twitter is still my social network of choice but during COVID I began to have a love-hate relationship with it.  I noticed my feeds filled with hate, fear mongering and nastiness.  Also people from my Personal Learning Network had since left Twitter, stopped using social media or stopped blogging, or sharing references that were interesting.  To be fair, I did the same.  The whole world was immersed into worry and anxiety.  I had to make the choice to remove myself from social media (I didn’t like this idea), stop using Twitter (I hovered over the button to deactivate my account at one stage until I thought of all the friends I made on it); or refine my lists.  I did the latter. I removed everyone on my Super List (My Professional Learning Network) who didn’t tweet anymore, hadn’t tweeted in months or years; or tweeted content that was considered to me as being marketing or promotion.  Alternatively I unfollowed a whole heap of people and muted them.  I revisited my key words to mute more words and this cleared up my feed considerably.” Helen Blunden, Community Manager, Australia, 2020

“Learning and engaging one conversation at a time, asynced, live over Twitter chats. Retrieving bookmarks and using search to use tweets to turn into task or blog posts.” Rotana Ty, Learning Catalyst. Internal Community Manager, France, 2020

“Although it has some disadvantages, when used with carefully selected connections and subjects, it still is a great tool.” Secondary school teacher, Netherlands, 2020

“Twitter keeps me informed and connected; I can find out what best practice colleagues are doing as they are doing it, and about who has made what available, and it has also been a great networking tool.” Aaron Johannes, Instructor / Consultant / Researcher, Canada, 2020

“Twitter is another important tool for finding, connecting, and learning along with other smart generous professionals. For me, it continues to be one of the best ways to connect with great people for conversations on relevant, professional topics.” Mike Taylor, USA, 2020

“Connecting with my personal learning network. Following areas of interest.” Elizabeth Robinson, CEO, Australia, 2020

“Short form; easily digested Easy to curate, weed through garbage Readily available all platforms” Tonya V Thomas, Principal/Chief Effectiveness Officer, USA, 2020

“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. But I do prefer to use  TweetDeck rather than the web interface – where I’ve set up different columns for my news feed, mentions, hashtags I follow, etc. This makes it much easier for me to see the overall picture of what’s happening in the moment.” Jane Hart, 2020

“Twitter is a regular feature of how I see what people are pointing to, as well as pointing to things I’ve found as well. Chats there are fun, too. Like Jane, Tweetdeck is my tool of course on my Mac. I have to use the Twitter client on iPad/iOS, since they’ve taken away Tweetdeck on the iPad (grr).” Clark Quinn, USA, 2020

“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, 2020

“I wrote an article (in Portuguese, sorry!) called “Why twitter is a learning machine”. It’s a MAJOR part of my learning process. Usually I get there more interesting content/cases that I can digest” Conrado Schlochauer, Consultant/Speaker/Researcher, Brazil, 2020

“Curating my Twitter feed has proven to be invaluable for my professional development.” Audrey J Williams, Vice President, IT/CIO, USA, 2020

“Everything I need to know for my job as an expert in digital learning I can find here. As I also am personally interested in these topics I use them for personal self-development.” Kathrin Quilling, Digital Learning Specialist, Germany, 2020

“It was on the top of my list for 4 years. Not anymore. The conversation just isn’t growing. People are moving on” JD, LearnGeek, Canada, 2020

“Exposed to lots of differing viewpoints, which is really helpful to reduce my echo chamber. Feel like it can help keep me up-to-date in my field.” Elaine Carr, Instructional Design Manager, USA, 2020

Quick Guide to Twitter 

Here you will find some basic guidance and links to resources on how to use Twitter for teaching, training, learning and development.

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