Twitter has taken my social media skills to new heights. Many authors, publishers, and other educators are tweeting and following others in the field. My students have connected with authors of favorite books and book club selections via tweets, which always builds excitement and ultimately desire to read new books. I have found that authors will respond on Twitter, in ways that just won’t happen with snail mail or email. Many authors will gladly Skype for FREE even, with students when approached through a tweet.
Twitter Chats are great ways to have “conversations” with other educators. Just tonight I participated in a #futurereadylibs chat with library media specialists from around the country, including Shannon Miller. In just one hour we shared summer reading selections, great lessons, and even fails. Shannon Miller posed five questions to which we each responded and commented and learned. After the chat I carefully reread posts and replies and made notes of ideas to try and book titles that I need to read this summer. I even had an author reach out to me after the chat, thanking me for my recommendation of her new book. I use Twitter strictly professionally to advocate, promote, and connect.