Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Professional Development Using Twitter

Yes, 140 characters seems limiting - but not impossible. In fact, that required limit helps to maintain conciseness and brevity! In so doing, the information received can be scanned and a decision quickly made to pursue further.

Twitter, the tool that only allows 140 characters, can be a very valuable professional development tool. By following Twitter feeds of organizations, publications and experts in your field, you will obtain resources, articles, news, and ideas that may be missed or overlooked using other strategies. If you would like to 'test the waters' and have an interest in politics, you might try selecting a few individuals from a list of accounts related to the current presidential election that was recently posted on the Twitter blog.

One feature that is now frequently used at conferences and webinars is the Twitter hashtag. This provides a way to aggregate all relevant tweets and insure valuable information for that session or topic is available. For more about the use of hashtags review the following resources:

The New Yorker: "Free Range, Hash

Twitter Help Center: "What Are Hashtags?"

Additionally, OIT uses Twitter for news, updates, professional development opportunities, and latest CGU technology information. Our Twitter ID is "CGUoit". Please consider following us!

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