How I use Twitter

At LifeHacker they have a series of posts called “How I work” where they ask various people to share their work, productivity habits, favorite tools etc. In our OLE planning meetings we’ve been discussing how we would incorporate twitter use into the various course elements. As part of that thought process we decided to reflect on how we all use twitter. So this is a little bit in the same vein of what Lifehacker does but on a smaller and more focused scale.

My initial reaction to twitter was that the 140 character limitation would effectively limit the utility of the tool. I wondered what can you say or do in 140 characters?  For now I use twitter to basically search for content I’m interested in and then I usually follow the person behind that content. For example over the past few weeks I have been interested in learning about data visualization and have found people on twitter more than willing to share their ideas like @adilyalcin who is the creator of the Keshif visualization library.

Stan Anamuah-Mensah (@sanamuah) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Stan Anamuah-Mensah (@sanamuah). Exploring the nexus between teaching, learning and technology. Naperville, IL

@adamrpearce  a data visualization developer at NYtimes and Bloomberg who has developed some really impressive visualizations such as this one

Stan Anamuah-Mensah (@sanamuah) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Stan Anamuah-Mensah (@sanamuah). Exploring the nexus between teaching, learning and technology. Naperville, IL

and @pberden a developer from the Netherlands

Stan Anamuah-Mensah (@sanamuah) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Stan Anamuah-Mensah (@sanamuah). Exploring the nexus between teaching, learning and technology. Naperville, IL

One way I try to streamline my use of twitter is through Hootsuite which allows me to manage twitter through a customizable dashboard. I also use curated lists to easily find the conversations I am interested in.

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So for me twitter now is a really great way for me to find content and then connect with the people behind that content. I also try to tweet out things that interest me that might be useful to folks in my network. If we were to think of twitter usage as a continuum spanning various aspects of use. I will probably be at the nascent stage of still discovering and figuring out ways in which to take advantage of twitter as a platform. However, I have learnt that 140 characters does go a long way to finding content and connecting people in various ways

To my fellow ALT labbers what are your thoughts on twitter or as Lifehacker would put it: “How do you work with twitter?”

 

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