So the other day, I got a message.. Congratulations this is your Twitter Versary you have been on twitter for 7 years! I actually was on twitter longer than 7 years but 7 years is when I created my account that I ended up using professionally and regularly.
Its funny because I was reflection on this just the other day when I presented about twitter for OU IT’s Academic Technology Expo and I talked about my Thoughts on Twitter.
Normally in spring semesters I teach Integrating Technology into Teaching EIPT 5513 which is a graduate version of the undergraduate course. The course is different each time, partially because of my own ADD but also because technology is always changing. Each class I try to pick to a technology that I don’t know well and use it with my students. In January 2012, I had chosen Twitter.
Twitter had been around for a while, and I remember thinking it was a mistake because so many of students had twitter accounts. However, it was just starting to be used with teachers in Oklahoma. The people in that class were also memorable.. I know for sure that Zuki Flores, Chase Alexander, and Bekah Hightower were in there.. and it is quite possible that Adam Forester was too. Several years later when I hit 4000 tweets, I had tagged some of them and Chase had remembered my reaction. “I am just not really a big fan” Oh how times have changed!
So today I have tweeted nearly 20,000 times. I have nearly 4500 followers.
What has changed?
Well there was the apple thing in Fall 2012 and the start of the iPad program and especially becoming and ADE in 2015.. that got me more hits. It was running research through twitter for recruitment and participating in countless twitter chats with educator. Overall, Twitter has changed my career – it has made me more accessible to educators, my students and our alumni. It has changed my own professional learning and allowed me to connect with others. It has helped me to become an advocate for things I care about and to reach new audiences.
7 years seems like forever, but honestly, its been a good 7 years and I hope that year 8 I report I have crossed the 5000 mark! Wish me luck.