Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Unfollowing everyone but my very favorites on Twitter

Have you ever just wanted to reset your entire Twitter account to "following no one" and rebuild who you follow so you can have the best incoming feed ever? 


I did. 


I recently unfollowed EVERYONE on Twitter. I wanted to be discerning about who ends up in my Twitter stream so that I would have more focused and meaningful interactions. As a result, I now have a low quantity, but high quality feed. I know there are numerous ways to filter, sort and follow other Tweeters i.e. HootSuit, TweetDeck, but when it comes to Twitter, I like to keep it simple.  

This means I only user Twitter to follow Twitter and I look at three things: 
1) @Connect: To see what conversations I've been tagged in.
2) Home: To see what my selected Tweeps are up to.
3) #Discover: To feed or hashtags of interest on Twitter.  

That's it.

When you unfollow thousands of people, how do you go about figuring out who to follow? Well, I instantly thought of the top 25 people who influence and interact with me which makes up those in the list below, then I added from there where I've settled comfortably at about 170 people that I follow. My goal is to stay under 200. 
Here is the criteria I used to follow people. Tweeps only have to meet one item in the criteria listed below for me to consider following them, but two (usually three) to be in the top 25.
1) We've engaged in a meaningful conversation on Twitter.
2) We've engaged in a meaningful conversation outside Twitter.
3) You write or speak publicly about a topic I'm interested in.
4) You Tweet about a topic I'm interested in.
5) You follow me.
6) You noticed I unfollowed you and wrote to me asking me to re-follow.

In no particular order, here are the top 25 people followed by me to keep me connected to the latest in innovative teaching and learning.  Among those here you'll find a mix of innovative teachers, students, and administrators...

Lisa Nielsen

Lisa Nielsen

@InnovativeEdu

Speaker. Writer. Educational innovator & agitator. Blogger who writes about learning innovatively & alternative ed. Author www.TeachingGenerationText.com





Tom Whitby

Tom Whitby

@tomwhitby

Prof of Education. Founder: , The EDU PLN Ning, Linkedin group Technology-Using Professors et al. BLOG: My Island View
Long Island, New York · http://tomwhitby.wordpress.com/


Deven Black

Deven Black

@devenkblack

Middle school teacher-librarian/media specialist in NYC. If you expect simple answers to complicated questions you are in the wrong place.
Nyack & the Bronx, NY · http://educationontheplate.wordpress.com/

Lyn Hilt

Lyn Hilt

@L_Hilt

Elementary Principal, K-6 Tech Integrator/Coach, Reader, Writer, Connected learner!


Scott McLeod

Scott McLeod

@mcleod

Associate Professor. CASTLE Director. Blogger. Idea generator. Solution builder. Agitator. Catalyst. “If the leaders don’t get it, it’s not going to happen.”


George Couros

George Couros

@gcouros

Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for PSD70. Passionate about learning, ed. tech, and helping others find their passion! I like dogs :)
Edmonton · http://georgecouros.ca


Ira Socol

Ira Socol

@irasocol

Re-imagining education based on history, postcolonial theories, liberation theology, and observation. Dedicated to open, democratic learning for all. Writer.


Tim Clark

Tim Clark

@BYOTNetwork

Coordinator of Inst Tech for Forsyth County, GA - Empowering students and teachers with their personal technology devices to improve opportunities for learning.
Atlanta, GA · http://www.byotnetwork.com


Mary Beth Hertz

Mary Beth Hertz

@mbteach

K-7 Technology Teacher and Technology Integration Specialist in Philadelphia. Edcamp Foundation Board member & organizer.


John T. Spencer

John T. Spencer

@johntspencer

Husband. Dad. Teacher. Writer. Perpetual Bender of Paperclips.
Phoenix, AZ · http://educationrethink.com



Kevin Jarrett

Kevin Jarrett

@kjarrett

Father, husband, Google Certified K-4 technology teacher leveraging social media in education. Blogger, workshop leader, lifelong learner, relentless optimist!
Northfield, NJ USA · http://about.me/kjarrett


Gary Stager, Ph.D.

Gary Stager, Ph.D.

@garystager

Progressive educator, journalist, speaker, university professor – -Expertise = edtech, 1:1 computing, online teaching, school reform, jazz
iPhone: 33.836876,-118.351767 · http://www.stager.org/bio

Eric Sheninger

Eric Sheninger

@NMHS_Principal

Principal of New Milford HS (NJ): NASSP National Digital Principal Award Winner (2012), Google Certified Teacher, ASCD Conference Scholar, Author, Speaker
New Milford, NJ · http://ericsheninger.com

Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann

@chrislehmann

Principal of the Science Leadership Academy Co-Chair - EduCon



Will Richardson

Will Richardson

@willrich45

Parent, author, speaker, instigator, blogger about social Web tools and their effects on schools, education and learning.
Flemington, New Jersey · http://willrichardson.com



Michelle Luhtala

Michelle Luhtala

@mluhtala

New Canaan High School Library Department Chair. PLN facilitator at edWeb.net/emergingtech. Presenter. Blogger. Fierce advocate for free-range media and BYOD.
New Canaan, CT · http://bibliotech.me

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark

@tvanderark

Interested in innovations that customize & motivate learning and extend access


Nikhil Goyal

Nikhil Goyal

@TalkPolitical

16 • Author: All Hands on Deck: Why America Needs a Learning Revolution (Sept 2012) • Feat. in  +  + Seth Godin Blog + ngoyal2013@gmail.com
New York · http://nikhilgoyal.me/

Scott Newcomb

Scott Newcomb

@SNewco

Educator, Mobilist, Presenter, Blogger, 1:1 Mobile Learning Devices, ISTE & eLearning Guild member, SIGML

lisa cooley

lisa cooley

@coollit

Parent, school board member, school change agitator from central Maine. Glass beadmaker; violin teacher. Glass beads and jewelry:

Allison Wu

Allison Wu

@allisonswu

Advocate for  in  / youth engagement in policy |  blogger |  &  too
Boston, MA · http://about.me/allisonw


Dean Shareski

Dean Shareski

@shareski

Teacher, learner, husband, father, golfer. I try not to take this place too seriously but occasionally I do.
Moose Jaw, SK · http://shareski.ca



Patrick Larkin

Patrick Larkin

@bhsprincipal

Principal of Burlington HS (MA): NASSP National Digital Principal Award Winner (2012), 1:1 iPad High School, Evangelist for Web 2.0 and Digital Tools.
Burlington, MA · http://patrickmlarkin.com

pammoran

pammoran

@pammoran

as an educator I'm for 21st c community learning spaces for all kinds of learners, both adults and young people; comments reflect my personal point of view.

Angela Maiers

Angela Maiers

@AngelaMaiers

I believe these 2words can change the world -  - I'm an Educator, Author, Speaker passionate about literacy, learning, and power of social media

Joe Bower

Joe Bower

@joe_bower

I believe students should experience their success and failure not as reward and punishment but as information. Author of for the love of learning.
Alberta, Canada · http://www.joebower.org





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