…to impress me.
I like to learn things. Daily.
There’s a world of people connected, particularly on Twitter, to learn with. It’s just a matter of connecting with them. Unlike the thought in some corners, I don’t spend my entire day online.
But I like to use the time that I do spend online productively. I value those who take the time to learn and share; share and learn. I like the interactions. I like the fact that Twitter will suggest people that I might want to learn with. I also like the fact that I get notifications when someone new follows me. For me, that’s all raw data just waiting to be analyzed. That’s where the five seconds come in.
Now, I have been on interview teams and I’ve been interviewed for jobs many times myself. I know the importance of making a first impression. Why wouldn’t it apply here?
Here’s how I gauge that first impression in this media.
When I find a “person of potential interest”, I’ll nip over to their home page and check them out.
This is what I look for when I’m there…
- Do they have a profile picture that would lead me to believe that they’re serious about this;
- Have they posted anything recently?;
- Is what they’re posting/sharing recently consistent with what I want to learn?;
- Is what they’re posting/sharing recently totally inconsistent with what I want to learn but now I’m intrigued?;
- Do they have an up-to-date blog?;
- Are they an Ontario Educator?;
- Do they look spammy?;
A quick Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, No passes the test. They’re worthy of following.
Where do they go? Once I found the joys of a multi-column Twitter browser, I was convinced. Not everyone needs to go into the big mixing pot of followers. I can make my life a whole lot easier by creating lists.
I recognize that this is hardly scientific. But I don’t have the time for an hour-long formal interview!
Notice that I don’t care if they have hundreds and hundreds of posts. Everyone has to start somewhere.
How do YOU determine whether or not to follow someone?