A Beginner’s Guide to EduTwitter

Followers – you are likely to begin following people first but slowly and surely people will begin to follow you – best feeling.

Being unfollowed – usually when you get on your high horse or court controversy you will lose followers – to begin with devastation but more experienced Twitterers see this as collateral damage.

Being blocked – you happily go about your day to day twittering, disagree with someone, make a sarcastic comment then suddenly you are denied access to them- they have blocked you – outraged – how flippin dare they? More outrage – block them then claim you blocked first.

The favourite used as the Facebook like – this is good – they agree with/like you or just want to acknowledge your comment (I’m not ignoring you but will favourite as I have nothing else to say) – warm glow.

The favourite from quite renowned people when you put blog link up – this could be good, they’re bookmarking it to read later – this could be bad they may read later and utterly trounce it – butterflies.

The passive aggressive favourite – someone who disagrees with you and doesn’t follow you finds your tweet promoting a blog on the subject they disagree with and favourites HOW? The favourite means – I know you’ve written this – just so you know – slightly sweaty.

One of their followers forwards your tweet either with no comment or
‘I assume you’ve seen this’ written alongside – more sweat.

The retweet – just a plain and simple retweet – lovely – someone likes what you say, they want to share it – warm glow.

A retweet of your retweet – also nice like minded people – warm glow.

A reply from someone quite famous in Education – you tweet something not really expecting anything back and someone you are not worthy to converse with responds – slightly honoured, slightly scared.

# Hashtags – alerts you to a subject, event or campaign – interesting, often funny or great for research – stimulating.

Humorous hashtags – #usedasaslightjokewhenmakingapoint – can be funny or can be borderline Alan Partridge #aha – smiley or groan

You are tagged to read someone’s blog – this is nice – try and find time to read then tweet with your own thoughts – if pushed for time just retweet to help them promote it – honoured to be tagged

They tag you in a conversation – this is when someone thinks you’d be interested and draw you in – fuzzy pride.

You can however be drawn into a very long conversation which turns into something you completely disagree with and they’re still tagging you – my recommendation – if a person hasn’t responded in ten tweets – take them out of the conversation. – panic/frustration/slow death.

The *sigh* reply – this is designed to belittle you – it means ‘oh you totally naive, slightly stupid person, you know nothing, we’ve moved on from the 80s – it’s all about rigour and counter-Intuitive, evidence based research practice now – your concerns about happiness, too much testing and phonic mania belong in the past – catch up you idiot’ – patronised.

The hyena attack – this usually only happens to newbies to Twitter – you say something innocent like – group work is good or tweet an idea and say the students had fun – woomf – you’re attacked from multiple sides – who says? What research do you have? Fun, fun? What about learning etc – you may argue for a little bit but the attack is too much – you retreat – wounded and licking your paw. – embattled.

Once you settle into Twitter though, find like minded people and a few others you can argue with in a nice way – it’s engaging, informative and fun ( yes FUN) – enjoy.

Or as @dileed says ‘a source of much love and joy. Actually. Proper best friends. Which is weird but so is life’


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