I am a practical guy- I have to be convinced of something being useful before I will invest time and energy in learning and using it. I have been finding value over the past months in using Twitter to follow people whose books and blogs I regularly read. It gives me a window into what they are thinking and what is impacting their thinking. I am also interested in what they are finding interesting.
My Twitter account also aggregates all this into a format that I can quickly scan if desired. I typically read my tweets on my smartphone. It really makes standing in lines or waiting for someone much more enjoyable!
What I have realized is that this is a key part of my ongoing learning and professional development. If I find a tweet that is interesting and I want to think about further I save it using a program called Evernote, where I can then dig deeper into the topic at another time.
To this point I have not done a lot of tweeting in terms of writing things – more just passing on (retweeting is what it is called) things I have found interesting in other’s tweets. Well, some of you have indicated that you want to use Twitter to follow me and these blog posts, so I have added the Twitter symbol to my site (see right sidebar) – feel free to click on it to follow me on Twitter, or you can just read my tweets on the sidebar – when I get around to tweeting!