When I started with Twitter, there was a feeling of “WOW!” all those people out there ready to communicate with me – and if I’m honest, the feeling that “WOW! an audience for me to communicate with”
It felt like a platform for me to spout my opinions, and the world being a big place, I would connect with like minded people and feel justified in having my opinions in the first place — it was a self affirmatory process. I tweet – people comment, so I was right to tweet in the first place.
During these early days of Twitter use I was concerned over the number of followers I had and the number of people who followed me. Success was passing each 100 of followers and for me in “collecting” people to follow in turn.
Should someone “important” in the Twitterverse follow me, I was ecstatic.
Slowly though it dawned that there must be a more organised way through all this – I discovered #hashtags. I started hanging out in #ukedchat, #addcym, #mathchat and a raft of other, more focused discussions. >> Great some order to my Tweeting.
But, I steadfastly kept the 800 follows that fed into my “Friends” that I “monitored” – clearly I wasn’t actually monitoring these 800 “friends” and I suspect that I missed more Tweets that I actually read / responded to.
So, today I culled every one of my follows – yes all 800.
This is not a reflection of what I think about any of the wonderful peeps I followed, but more a statement over how I want to get control of Twitter back, and use it for the professional development tool I intended.
Twitter Maturity – #hashtags for CPD
From today, I will continue to dip in /out of #hashtagged conversations – that way I can streamline what I read and what I comment on.
Sure, I’ll start to follow people again, but I’ll limit it to 20 to 25 “hard core” educationalists – who I can give me attention to — not 800 who I was largely ignoring.
Have you considered a Twitter cull?