Sunday, January 17, 2010

Top 10 Twitter Tweeps

I have been a Twitter user for less than a year but I have already come to rely on it as an important source of ideas, inspiration, and advice. I was skeptical at first. Why do I care "what you are doing?" I discovered, however, if you carefully build your network, most of the Tweets are useful and relevant.

Before I give my top ten twitter tweeps, let me give a couple of words of advice on building your personal learning network through twitter:
  1. Fill in your Twitter profile! Your profile provides the first impression of you. If there is none, then your first impression is as interesting as a white wall.
  2. Give Twitter at least 30 days before you give up on it! Building a network takes time. Twitter is only as useful as the people you follow.
  3. Contribute! the more you Tweet, the more people will find and follow you. Don't be a lurker-someone who observes, but never contributes.
  4. Don't be shy! If someone you follow posts a question, answer it if you can! The more you help others, the more likely they are to help you.
  5. Follow wisely. Useful Tweets are frequently hidden amongst useless Tweets. If you follow someone who posts a lot of uselessness, stop following them because they are capturing your very limited attention.
Fellow blogger Silvia Tolisano (@langwitches) has a great blog post about using Twitter to build a personal learning network. I highly recommend it!

My Top 10 Twitter Tweeps:
  1. @joelz (6th Grade teacher, Tuscon, Arizona)
  2. @drezac (Technology Instructor, Chicago)
  3. @chrislatkinson (4/5 Grade teacher and Tech Coordinator, Carmel, Indiana)
  4. @FishMath (College Math teacher, Portland, Maine)
  5. @laurenj85 (Pre-service teacher, California)
  6. @karlyb (5th Grade teacher, Southfield, Michigan)
  7. @newmindgroup (Web Entrepreneur, Kalamazoo, Michigan)
  8. @jdwilliams (5th grade math, science, reading teacher, Youngtown, Arizona)
  9. @nellsnatural (Web entrepreneur, my wife, Brighton, Michigan)
  10. @mhammons (Educational Technology Consultant, Fresno, California)
Want to begin following my top 10? I've created a list of my top 10 that you can follow with a single click.

I am always on the search for innovative and creative people to follow on Twitter. If you have recommendations, please leave a comment on this post. If you have published a list of your favorite Tweeps, leave a link for others to follow!


  1. That's really generous of you. If it's a top ten list, does that mean I can get bumped?

    You're on my A-list, by the way, but I keep it private. Should I open it up.

  2. WOW! I feel so privileged and honored to have made your Top Ten Twitter Tweeps!! I'm especially new at this tweeting, but I love paying forward all the great sites and knowledge that I obtain to help teachers and students in the classroom.
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    Thanks again!!! YAY

  3. Let me add my thanks to including me on your list. I remember sitting next to you at MACUL about a year ago as you were starting to dip your toes into the Twitter stream. Hard to believe you have only been at it a year! I've discovered a couple of new follows via your list, so thanks for helping grow my network!

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