1 – Twitter

Twitter is an online social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and receive text-based messages (tweets) of up to 140 characters.

Twitter retains its #1 position for the 5th year running.

Website Cost Availability
www.twitter.com Free Online
RANKINGS
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
 1  1  1  1  1  11  43=

Comments from some of those who selected Twitter as one of their Top Tools

“for personal/professional learning outside of ‘work’ within my own organnisation, incl connecting with learning professionals across many diverse contexts (education, teaching, change/leadership, business & corporate / workplace learning/ elearning which is the specific context in which I work)” Tanya Lau, 2014

“a major source of input, pointing to things of interest” Clark Quinn, 2014

“Next to my blog, Twitter is my best learning tool and allows me to stay connected to a diverse network” Harold Jarche, 2014

“if you are prepared to invest the time in finding and following the right people” Stephen Dale, 2014

“great variety of topics and infos on what’s happening” 2014

“daily sharing and chat (work focused)” David Schindler, 2014

“for conversations with other educators and sharing ideas” Chris Kirkland, 2014
“still my go to place for stuff” Mike Collins, 2014
“love the networking capabilities” Justine Poldevin, 2014
“great for cdp and serendipitous learning” Teresa MacKinnon, 2014
“my filtered PLN” JD Dillon, 2014
“Can’t beat it as a quick way to learn about what’s going on in my fields of interest and for sharing what I’m doing or have found” 2014
“This is my PLN. It’s my most powerful” Tricia Ransom, 2014
“The #1 source for my PLN info” 2014
“home of my personal learning network” 2014

“The Candy Shop of All PLN’s!” Naomi Harm, 2013
“hands down best place to learn and connect on learning and with other learning professionals”  Danny Ortegon, 2013
“personalized infofeed; extrem variety of experts” Thomas Jenewein, 2013
“following a topic is a great way for learning”  Natalie Raeber, 2013
“Keeping track of my professional network to discover new knowledge”
“A wonderful network of professionals from the same field, everyone’s accessible” Akash Bhatia, 2013
“as aggregator of professional information”
“to connect and learn from other learning professionals” Matthew Guyan, 2013
“I use this to promote independent learning outside of class by tweeting useful websites” Jayne Whistance, 2013
“easy and popular” 2013
“networking and research”  Helen Blunden, 2013
“pointers and question asking” Clark Quinn, 2013
“the best professional devt. tool ever” Charles Jennings, 2103
“Next to my blog, Twitter is my best learning tool and allows me to stay connected to a diverse network”  Harold Jarche, 2013
“Great for PD around the globe”  Tim Childers, 2103
“the hashtag world”  Paul Jacobs, 2013
“Twitter for Personal Learning Network PLN, occasionally with student in class room”  Mark Rollins, 2013
“ability to expand your classroom being your school walls and connect with others worldwide”  Shannon Bosley, 2013
“I find Twitter really useful whilst at a conference or event to see what other people are thinking about the event or conference. To learn about peers and their ideas from other companies”  Michelle Parry-Slater, 2013
“I LOVE twitter. twitter is the most powerful professional development experience I have ever had. ever. (microblogging: twitter) content presentation: social presence, teaching presence, engagement, interaction, microlearning/blogging. Engage students in personally driven professional development, community of practice, affinity groups. Reaching out to and engaging in self directed passion driven professional development.” Alexandra Pickett, 2013

Pre-2013

“I use Twitter as a Personal Learning Network. I share daily information on resources and tools that I have found, and I select networks of people to follow that provide me with their tips, guidelines and tools that they have found.” Mary Howard

“the place for links, updates, chat, sharing, collecting opinions, professional and social networking” Maria de los Angeles Castro

“I Twitter daily using the Tweetdeck client on my desktop and on an iphone. Tthe vital tool in my personal learning network where I find and share ideas and links.” Frances Bell

“I use Twitter to share my thoughts, ideas, information with others and to learn or get inspired by others. I love the way professionals use Twitter as a backchannel during conferences, using tags, adding depth to presentations and discussions. Microblogging is the informal learning tool for me.” Jeroen Bottema

“I avoided Twitter for some time because I couldn’t see the value in it, but since I talk about Web 2.0 technologies as part of my job, I eventually decided I should give it a go. And now I am hooked! And although I enjoy the social aspects, I have picked up lots of useful information about new tools, links to websites and quick answers to questions”. Sarah Frame

“I get to know the people whose blogs I follow a little better by following them and others on Twitter. I can harvest useful URLs, and get help when I’m struggling with learning how to create something online, or trying to fix a misperforming application. And it’s just fun! “Joan Vinall-Coxs

“once my productivity nemesis, has become a valuable learning tool. Over time, I have built up a small network of strong links and a slightly larger network of weak links. I think the primary value comes in two forms: (1) a wider network and, (2) immediacy. I couldn’t manage it though without TweetDeck, a Twitter desktop application built on Adobe AIR. It helps me manage my Twitter stream through the use of columns. I am able to separate followers into different groups and more easily monitor subject matter, replies, and direct messages.”  Janet Clarey

“I learn something new several times a day and stay connected with people that form my most valuable network. This is the one tool I would choose if I could only keep one (as long as everyone else kept it also!)”  Barry Dahl

“The best way for me to keep up with the Flash and eLearning community is through twitter. I love this microblogging service for it’s up to the minute community connection. It’s 140 character limit really forces microbloggers to shorten their entries to the truly necessary information.  Tim KindbergI started using twitter after using yammer, it took a while before appreciating it. It led me to many unknown places “Herman Post