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

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. April 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.  Jayen Whistance, 2013
easy and popular
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

  • “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