A Do-Over?


Over the weekend, Lisa Noble stirred the pot when she tagged me in this post.

It’s a good article to read.  Bottom line – install this extension in your version of the Google Chrome browser and you can do a Mass Unfollow and basically reduce the number of folks that you follow to zero, nada, nothing, nobody.  Supposedly, you can do the same thing without the extension as described here.

I find it so ironic in this day and age where we’re still trying to get educators to get connected by getting a Twitter account and following other great educators.

I’ve been a member of Twitter since August of 2007 when Rodd Lucier indicated that I could be a lot smarter if I got connected and became engaged.  Dubious at first, I now know why he’s the Clever Sheep.

When it comes to technology, I’m intermittently tidy.  I’d be embarrassed to show you the desk I’m working at now.

As I read the article that Lisa shared, I realized that my Twitter account could be construed as untidy as well. 

I think, like most people, when I got my account rolling, I was like the proverbial kid in a candy store.  I think I followed anything that moved.  Then, I became a little more discriminating.  Someone would have to share or blog something of interest and then I’d follow them so that I wouldn’t miss their next bit of wisdom.  I liked to follow people that thought like me.  I liked even more people who challenged my thoughts and beliefs.

In the beginning, it was pretty sad.  There were very few Ontario Educators ready to make the leap.  At the time, Rodd was our Regional eLearning Coordinator and I think that was the genesis of things for those who could see and understand the power.  Classroom teachers, particularly those who were teaching eLearning courses, could see the value.  The further that people were from the classroom, the less interest they seemed to have.  But, pretty soon, I had a problem.  The great folks that were teaching in Ontario got lost amidst all of the others that I was following.

But, I solved that problem.  Twitter has the facility to further manage your users via lists.  So, I started a list called Ontario Educators and put people there.  Before long, I’d reached the limit of list participants so I started another one.  Then, another one. 

It actually started to work out nicely.  I didn’t actually have to follow these people in order to put them into a list.  It also facilitated automatic posts via paper.li and helped me give shout outs to active Ontario Educators on Friday mornings.

Certainly, a tool is necessary to manage all this and I’ve found that Hootsuite does a wonderful job.

Part of my desktop now looks like this…

And, Hootsuite supports tabs so I have a number of tabs open to further refine my collecting.

Given all this, you’d think that I’d spend my entire day following these things.  Generally, I don’t.  I do have a life.  What I really like is that I can open the browser and skim up and down and get the latest at that point in time.  In presentations, I call it a snapshot of the Twitter condition.  If there’s something of interest, then it’s easy enough to track back the conversation.

But, back to tidiness which is what hooked me with Lisa’s initial reference.

I seldom do any housecleaning.  Every now and again there will be a message posted by someone that I really find offensive and I’ll remove that account from my followers or the list. 

For the most part, though, I just leave them alone.  I absolutely know that there are people I’ve added that no longer post to their accounts.  If I was conscientious about this, I suppose I could go through and clean them out.  But why?  If they’re not active, I just consider it “no harm, no foul”. 

But, thanks to Lisa, I now have the little voice at the back of my head bugging me to do something about this.  At least, it will give Jaimie and me something to talk about during our morning walk.

I’d encourage you to read the original message and then think about your habits.  Or, if you’re a proponent of using Twitter to be connected, what advice would you give to a new user about how to manage their new digital life.  Or, if you’re into improving things for others, tell me how I can become better organized.  Is a Do-Over needed by me?  Would you consider a Do-Over for yourself?

In the meantime, it’s morning dog walking time.  I’ll see what Jaimie has to say.

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OTR Links 08/04/2015


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