Twitter is an amazing tool for building a PLN (personal learning network), but as you follow more accounts the main stream can be too fast/distracting to follow, and dipping in at random times is inefficient. Tweetdeck is ideal for curating your feeds: create a column for each topic of interest. Here’s an ugly image for an overview. It’s also great for keeping up with rapidly-moving feeds (such as twitter chats or breaking news).
- I find TweetDeck for Chrome works well
- I get rid of the “Activity”column, it’s distracting
- Click on >> (lower-left) to see more options
- I add columns for many topics of interest. Each is its own potential PLN.
- Some Twitter users curate “lists” of accounts. You’ll get notified if you are added. If you look in the list, there may be other interesting people to follow.
- When an interesting conference or event is on, I follow the #Hashtag and am able to review the feed to learn vicariously. Too many columns can slow down Chrome, so delete them if they’re no use.
- “Likes” are often used as bookmarks, though the poster will know. On the main Twitter app you can “save bookmarks” but not here yet. Sometimes at the end of an exchange, a user will “like” the final post as a polite way of ending the conversation.
Some MYP-related Hashtags/Accounts you might want to put into columns. Copy everything, including OR. As you follow more accounts, you can see the kinds of #tags they are using.
- #MYPChat OR @MYPChat OR #IBMYP OR #IBChat
- #PYPChat OR #IBRebelAlliance
- #IBATL OR #SkillsFirst OR #DOKChat
Update: here’s a short tutorial video by Dan Klumper (@danklumper)
Thank-you for your comments.