With my friend Jeff Delp’s permission, I’m sharing an exchange we just had over Twitter that provides yet another reason for using Twitter — it is a great way to share resources and have a quick conversation with people you know:
I read a great job description on my email, and because I’m the sort of person who shares cool things I come across, I tweeted this:
(on Twitter, it’s okay to spell words wrong — the idea is to get your message across in 140 characters or less)
When you want to direct a public tweet to someone, you use the @ sign, followed (without a space) by the person’s Twitter name.
And then Jeff and I went into direct message mode so that we could coordinate a time to catch up next week. Nobody can see a direct message you send to someone else on Twitter. It’s a private communication, whereas our main tweets are public.
Note that you can only direct message with someone who’s following you on Twitter. Jeff and I already follow each other, so it was no problem.
Here’s our exchange:
Twitter is a great tool for connecting with busy educators.
I’ve also written about the value of Twitter in three earlier blog posts:
- Why you should use Twitter,
- To Tweet or Not to Tweet?, and
- Participating virtually at a sold-out show
So please, if you are still thinking about Twitter, give it a shot. Soon you, too, will be tweeting, retweeting, and connecting with the world 🙂