[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]
I often describe Twitter as one of a few things:
- A room filled with people where you can enter, shout a message and run back out again;
- A pool filled with floating free info that you may gather and sort through as needed;
- A gathering of individuals and groups where you may meander through quietly and listen in on interesting conversations or stop and chat for a while.
I use Twitter to connect, promote, collect, share and sometimes just spread some love. Twitter is sort of a collective consciousness that some claim will make you smarter! At least that is what David “@dmullen” Mullen says. In his article, Five Ways Twitter Will Make You Smarter, David shares the following rationale:
- You get access to different points of view.
- The people you follow point you to great resources you wouldn’t find otherwise.
- You can poll your followers.
- You can learn what consumers are saying about your company or your client’s brand.
- Twitter will make you a better writer.
I find number 5 intriguing, but what I like most about Twitter is that it is a place to be nice and benefit from the niceness of others. On Twitter, everyone shares knowledge. Remember what Robert Fulghum said? “Share everything.” Just like in Kindergarten. And it’s fun!
A hat tip goes to Steven W. Anderson (@web20classroom), as he shared David Mullen’s (@dmullen) blog post via Twitter!