My twitter story began on the 21st of February 2009. I didn't know too much about the 'website' just that you had 140 characters to say what you wished. However, little did I know, this 'website' wasn't really like most websites, once you're apart of it you're apart of a society. The whole 140 characters came as a struggle to 15 year old me, how was I supposed to tweet Orlando Bloom saying how much I loved him in ONLY 140 characters? So yes, like a lot of others I joined twitter to stalk. To stalk all my favourite celebs, this soon got boring, there are only so many 'I've just eaten a banana' or 'in the studio' tweets you can be interested in.
Based on it's continuing popularity I felt that there must have been another purpose to twitter, it couldn't be for me to really spread my views - I only had about 7 followers (50% Spam accounts...). That was until I discovered hash tags, the beautiful yet very simple symbol that connects you to hundreds and thousands of people around the world. Hash tags allowed me to discover people and the true networks and societies of Twitter. After hash tagging my beloved football team my followers began to slowly increase, active discussions were made and then people did want to start hearing my views.
Over the last four years I have used twitter to share interests, through that I have met some fantastic people who share similar interests and ideas. Twitter keeps me up to date, if you're going to hear about anything you'll hear it first on twitter....
So why tweet?
- it's simple
- short bursts of thoughts/feelings/events
- you can promote thoughts and ideas through hash tags and trends
- you can reach all types of audiences
Developing a professional twitter account....
I now have a second account helping me to build up a PLN (professional learning network) which is supporting my teaching degree. Again this is a whole new and different twitter community I had no idea about before September 2011. Educators come together to share ideas, tips, thoughts and promote e-learning and social networking within the classroom.
So why do others use twitter?
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So, what is your twitter story?