Suivre, folgen, seguire . . . or just plain follow? January 5, 2010Posted by IaninSheffield in CPD, Inspiration.
Tags: follow, pln, social networking, twitter
A colleague new to Twitter asked me earlier who would be good to follow. I was about to fire off a few suggestions when it suddenly struck me that what appeared on the face of it to be a simple question, actually merited a more considered answer. The quick and easy reply would be to say just follow anyone I follow . . . but how arrogant would that make me? It presupposes that those people of interest to me would interest someone else . . . though to be fair, I’m constantly grateful for the stimulation and inspiration my PLN provides and I think they’re pretty damned hot! But someone else might have different imperatives or want to pursue different interests, so how should I advise?
Well how about starting with Mashable’s Twitter Guide Book which includes an explanation of how to build a Twitter community? Or a visit to the Twitter4Teachers page which lists hundreds of educators on Twitter arranged into areas by subject and/or interest? But perhaps these are better explored when someone is a little more comfortable with the way Twitter works and can begin to make more informed judgements.
To return to the original question for a moment, essentially I was being asked for my recommendations . . . if someone asked me what music I might recommend, I suppose my first question would be ‘what do you like?’ (already covered that), but I wouldn’t then say ‘go and have a look at what’s on iTunes.’ No, I’d offer a few alternatives that I liked, trying to be as eclectic as possible. So the criteria I’m going to use are as follows:
- People from different phases of education – primary, secondary, tertiary and beyond
- People who are prolific Tweeters and some who Tweet less often
- People from different countries – it’s good to get a different perspective
And here’s my list, in no particular order and sticking to a hopefully manageable dozen:
(And the only reason @tombarrett is not on the list is because I know he’s already being followed) . . . but I could just as easily produce another dozen or another. It’s just like recommending music – once you start, you could go on and on and on.
How would you have answered the same question? What would your criteria have been?