I use Twitter to stay focused on my particular tech ed interest. I tweet about sites I find on that topic, posts I add to my blogs and questions I have about that. I DON’T Tweet on what I’m having for dinner or who is coming over that evening. I find Twitter:
- gives me a quick rundown of what my colleagues are thinking about in my area of interest
- tells me the top tech ed topics at the moment
- since I don’t link up with anyone other than people serious about my field, I don’t get annoyed by the fluff–there are lots of those people on the Twittersphere
Surprisingly, there are more people like me than those other folk who originally gave Twitter a bad name as a useless fluff of a tool.
Want some information on Twitter users? Here’s a graphical survey from Flowtown that you’ll enjoy:
Here’s the breakdown of people like me:
- 6% of my age group tweet and 9% of my gender tweet
- 10% of my income level tweet, but only 5% of my ethnicity
- 9% of my education achievement tweet as well as 8% of those who live where I do
- more people tweet about work updates and links to relevant news stories than any other single reason (I’ve combined two)
Does this profile fit you? Let me know.