Hey Teach! Let’s talk Twitter Educator etiquette!
- First and most important, don’t make it all about you!
If you truly want to collaborate: give and receive learning, your tweets should reflect that. When you Tweet to share a blog, project or something you’re doing, it’s important also to retweet other valuable blogs, links, projects and ideas from OTHER learners, giving proper credit of course. For every 1 ‘about me’ tweet, I try to send out at least three tweets featuring the work and ideas from other learners. This sets you up as a collaborator…essential to being a connected educator!
- Stick to Education
If you wish to earn the respect of fellow educators on Twitter, you’ll avoid any tweets involving general politics, rants and personal opinions. It’s best to maintain a separate account where you may discuss these issues, including any other personal topics, links or pictures. Your educator account should stay within topics that you would discuss at an educator conference or staff development.
If possible, leave your complaints and anything that could be construed as negative off social media altogether…It reflects negatively on you as a professional, and you never know who’s watching.
- Following vs. Follower ratio
Your Twitter educator account should have more or less an equal amount of followers and following. This shows you’re also valuing the content your followers provide. If you’re a major publication or guru with 10 thousand followers plus, you may be able to get away with being more selective on who you follow, as it gets more difficult to interact on your timeline with that many tweets going on.
- Follow educators!
Be selective on who you follow so you’re able to keep up with your timeline. When selecting who to follow, make sure their tweets add to your education. Don’t follow solely based on the criteria that they will follow you back.
- Write a strong profile description!
Describe who you are and what you’re passionate about as an educator. This shows potential followers the value you add to their professional learning network.
- SAY NO TO SHADY DEALS
If you want to grow your Twitter following, don’t trust those deals where they get you X number of followers in exchange for X dollars. If you’re a serious educator, you don’t want junk followers. Stick to followers who will learn and collaborate with you. It’s important to note this: Your number of followers is no reflection on the quality of educator you are.
With these tips, you’re well on your way to a wealth of learning from pro active educators like yourself! Enjoy, thanks for watching and follow @teachcow!
What do you think of these tips? What did we miss? Comment below!