When we participate in our learning community in twitter we become human filters of information for our followers. This makes twitter even more powerful than Google when it comes to disseminating valuable bits of knowledge. Every piece of information that you pass on in a tweet can act as a catalyst for a learning network partner (the people in your twitter personal learning network) to act on and use. If they find the “knowledge titbit” useful, they will pass it on to their followers, who in turn pass it on to their followers, which set in motion a possible exponential knowledge chain of information sharing. This is where retweeting comes in.
Retweeting creates an echo of knowledge or information sharing. It is an effortless way to pass on information quickly. You can use it to……
- Pass on current information like events
- Pass on great resource links:
- Share tips and tools:
- Pass on requests for help:
Twitter unfortunately does not allow you to edit the tweet before you retweet. This means that you pass on a tweet exactly as it was posted. If you see a new face in your timeline, it’s because someone you follow retweeted something they thought you should see. In the message, you’ll see the picture and username of the original user, who was retweeted by someone you follow.
If you want to add to a retweet e.g. a hashtag, you will have to copy and paste the tweet contents into the status window and add the additional info. Remember to add RT in front of the person who you are reteetings name.
We will see how third party twitter clients allow you to do this effortlessly in a future day! Mobile twitter apps gives you the choice to quote (were you can add to the tweet) or just retweet directly.
A the end of this activity you should have send at least 5 tweets
- Retweet each of the following:
A tool being shared
A request for help
A current event
An educational resource link
- Retweet anything you find interesting that you feel we will find interesting and add the hashtag #ict4champions to the tweet.