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It has been just over a year since I joined Twitter. I attended a conference where Helen Blunden from Melbourne ran a session on using Twitter to expand you personal learning network (PLN).
Helen’s enthusiasm and straightforward instructions made it easy to want to join in. Since there was no wifi at the conference venue (despite it being called Technology Park!), I had to wait until I got back to my hotel. Once I joined I was hooked.
If, like me, you think Twitter is just for people Tweeting what they had for lunch, you are in for a surprise, but a good one. Social media, be it Twitter or Google+ or [insert platform of your choice] gives you the power to connect to others in you profession that is just not possible with the traditional methods of networking. Social media doesn’t replace face-to-face networking, it expands it on a grand scale.
So, in the last 12 months I have connected with people in Canada, the USA, Australia, NewZealand and many other countries. The most extraordinary outcome was connecting online with Australian colleagues through monthly Tweetchats and THEN meeting them in person. I call it “flipped-networking” – it used to be that you met people at conferences and then developed a relationship; now you develop a relationship online and THEN meet people face to face.
Twitter has allowed me to develop a PLN of colleagues who are interesting, thought provoking, challenging, stimulating, and most of all, inspiring.
Thank you to all of my PLN for making 2014 one of the most positive professional growth years for me. Big thanks to Con Sotidis (@LearnKotch) and Helen Blunden (@activateLearn) who introduced me to Twitter and the PLN potential. And to those I have met “Flipped network” style – I felt like we had met before – because we had!
May you all expand your PLN in 2015
(You can join mine on Twitter @vanessaAnorth, and on LinkedIn)