How to make Twitter useful to new adopters in the first month
1. Follow no more than 30 people: 10 from the system/sector you work in, 10 from another educational sector and 10 that interest you personally (golf, books, culture, film etc.)
2. Put them into a Twitter list straight away. I recommend TweetDeck to manage this.
3. Respond to about a third of these Tweets, by asking a question about something they have said.
4. If you get a reply, make a new list and call it ‘connected to me’.
5. Each week add no more than 10 new people in the same way, by selecting them critically from a #hashtag. There is always a new conference everyday, so this won’t be too hard.
6. Aim to have 90-100 people in your new network, and list them as I’ve indicated. Make sure that you make the effort to start managing your lists actively. Be more interested in what is said, what is offered that making a big splash yourself.
7. Set up and RSS Reader (Google Reader) to collect Tweets from your lists.
8. Set up a Feedly Account and connect that to your Google Reader Account
9. Set your browser’s homepage to your Feedly account.
10. Embrace ‘lurking’ on Twitter though the window of Feedly, taking a small amount of time each day to to look at the traffic, paying attention to links and resources rather than comments (which are often between encoded groups and make little sense when you start out).