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

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