Earlier this week, I had noticed that the Twitter users and followers had gone to 0 in count. Must have been another Twitter software update. I knew that Alec Couros had made yet another Ontario appearance and had given him a heads up in case he was going to show his stats to his audience. After all, it would be embarrassing to publically admit to having no friends! What was interesting was that a couple of other people jumped in and the topic was about Twitter ego sites.
It was Alfred’s comment that tweaked my interest. Personally, I have checked out Twitter Grader and Klout myself. I never really considered it “ego”, just more or less morbid curiosity. The teacher in me, of course, wants to know what these scores are “out of” and I want to see the rubric and standards and how do you determine this and … then I settle down and realize it’s just for fun.
My comment back to Alfred was my typical flippant “I just want to be on any list that @alfredtwo is on.” Together, in the short period of time that I’ve known him, we’ve talked about some of the great social issues of the day – like the importance of computer science and the grief when your sump pump isn’t working…
But, Shelley, had a good point. Don’t sweat about the metrics, just look at the listed count. She’s right. I think that’s the truest of ways to determine your value. Just how many people have found your content so engaging that they’ve added you to a list attached to their Twitter account? That may well be the best measure.
So, what goes into a list? Hopefully, a great deal of thought. I’ve got a couple that I’ve personally crafted and I take great pride in them. One is the list of Ontario Educators. This is quite simply a list of teachers, principals, and other people who are actively involved in education in Ontario.
Yesterday afternoon, I had a really nice visit with @cyndiejacobs who happened to be in Windsor for a meeting with the Ontario Teachers’ Federation group. Now, Cyndie is a delightful person who is just a joy to talk with. She doesn’t hold anything back and just shoots from the hip about any topic on the table. During our talk which covered so many things, she asked me about a particular person who participates regularly on Twitter. I had to admit that I didn’t know that person other than by their messages. That seemed to come as a surprise to her. In fact, I do have an answer in another list that I’ve created – People’s I’ve Met.
The conversation continued about so many others that are part of the regular conversation. There are actually only a select few that I know personally and so much of it has come as a result of Cyndie and Siria’s work with building a community of learners in Ontario thanks to their efforts. The group has now become known as “the usual suspects” whenever a call for assistance goes out. (There are other terms that aren’t suitable for inclusion here but I’ll leave them out…)
In the context of Alfred and Shelley’s original Ego premise, it really does go to the value of Ego services (although I’m not particularly fond of the term). In my mind, therein lies the truest of metrics. If you’re are concerned about these things, the online mathematical algorithm based resources are nice but also take a look at who you’re reaching out to enough that they’ve added you to a personally crafted list. It adds the human element to the process. And, if your Ego needs some massaging, that will do nicely!