That Skipz Guy (or how PLNs work)


It happened last February at the OTF Expanding Our Boundaries two day workshop.  Will Richardson was demonstrating Twitter to the group.  Will knew me and so had no problem in showing my statistics to the group.  He pointed out to the group that I was following about 700 people at the time.  I still remember Siria turning to me and asking “How the heck do you follow 700 people?”

Time moves on and I’m following over 1200 and over 1300 follow me.  I’m certainly not one of the bigger users of the service but it serves me nicely.  I learn from folks and share my learning when I can.  One of the “when I can” moments comes through my bookmarking.  As I find resources that are relevant to me, I tuck them away in Delicious knowing that I may need them some day and I’ve already previewed them once.

I then discovered that I could share them to my blog using an experimental feature of Delicious.  This seems like a good idea to me since I found them and why not share them with others?  Besides, it makes sure that I always have a daily post to my blog!

Today is Day 1 of a three day CIESC marathon.  Each of the schools in our system sends one person to find out the latest and greatest in computers and technology and so I’m up early with a case of the jitters.  I check the overnight status of my Twitter account.

Now, there’s this guy who goes by the handle @skipz.  I don’t know this guy and probably wouldn’t recognize him if we were side by each at a grocery store.  But, he’s one of the 1300 folks that follow me.  From my blog, if there’s a resource that he likes, he retweets it.  How do I know this?  Well, like most people with huge egos, I search for myself periodically to see what I’m saying or what others say about me.

So, in Seesmic Desktop, I open up a search and there’s this @Skipz guy.  He liked one of the resources that I posted over night and retweeted.  Cool.  That will buy me some Twitter karma.  Out of curiosity, I opened a search looking for @Skipz.  Well, it turns out that one of his followers liked the resource equally as well and retweeted @Skipz.  I opened a search on that follower and noticed that it had been retweeted further.  I wonder how deep into “the Twitter Cloud” this could go.  But, time and common sense said to forget it and get ready for work.

Thanks, Wikipedia
Thanks, Wikipedia

But, that’s how it should work.  Find a good idea and toss it out there and see where it goes.  I’m certainly not Patient Zero in this whole thing.  I would have found the resource, probably from a Twitter message from someone that I follow.  But, that makes me part of this whole stack of dominoes.  If we all did this, and learned and shared with each other, imagine the power!

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