As I talk briefly at the UA System Scholars Institute this afternoon about using Twitter, here are the FIVE takeaways:
2. Our Students are Beginning to Show Up There.
More students than ever before are raising their hands when I ask “how many of you are already on Twitter?” This has shifted dramatically in just 12 months’ time.
3. I’m always interested in Building New Relationships for New Information
Every event that I intend where there’ someone else on Twitter is an opportunity for a relationship that will benefit my students either with a new story or insight or bit of information that can influence either their career or my own career.
4. Journalists Have to Do Research, A Goal that is accomplished with Twitter.
My colleague at Belmont University Sybril Bennett has the THREE R’s of Twitter- Research, Relationships and Reputation. Will I prioritize the first “R” as the biggest for me. When I read someone else’s tweets, I find so many information that may or may not be available in the library or a web site that I didn’t know exists.
5. I’m Building My Own Online Community To Which I Invite My Students.
With 400+ followers whose work and tweets I follow, I have my own community with whom I can collaborate.