Twitter – How do we use it for L&D?

Hello there,

I haven’t been posting as much as I would like. Actually, as you can see, it’s been over 6 months! Where does the time go?

One of the courses I’m developing for my job is on how recruiters can use Twitter effectively. In order to write it, I’m learning twitter. I must say, this is one of the hardest softwares I’ve had to learn. The mechanics are easy, but it’s the concept of it. Why would anyone be interested in what I have to say in 140 characters or less?

I’ve been promised that the more I play around with it, the easier it becomes. Although I’ve had an account for about a month, today was my first tweet, and it was agonizing! I couldn’t decide what to say. Eventually, I sent a shout out to twitter-land, and am going to promise myself to tweet about once a day. 

My husband, Jimmy, is using twitter to drive people to his flickr page of phototravel1. He follows a woman who works for the Chicago Tourism Board, and when she tweets one of his pictures of chicago, his hits on his flickr page go up over 500%!  I can see it working, and one of the recruiters in my office has successfully used twitter to help her staff a project overnight.  

So here is my question that I’m struggling with. How do we use twitter for L&D? As a sort of micro-wiki for support within an organization? To tell people about new learning offerings? To push people towards areas, sites, blogs, and articles that have the information they need?

About Tricia Ransom

Patricia Ransom: wife, daughter, friend. Learning, laughing, living. Chicago, Illinois, downstate. Townie, urbanite, traveller. Note: The opinions expressed on this blog belong solely to me and should not be assumed to reflect the opinions of any of my employers past, current, or future.
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2 Responses to Twitter – How do we use it for L&D?

  1. james rogers says:

    Twitter really is a great client. It can be used in so many different ways. I have written a few blogs about twitter and the different ways you can use it. You should check it out. Twitter is so much more than a quick update of your own life, its quickly starting to evolve into a new way to get local news and news around the world. Quite fascinating.

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    • Patricia Ransom says:

      Thanks — I’ll definitely check out your site! Do you have any ideas on how a corporate trainer can harness the power of twitter? I envision myself not being the holder of all information, but rather a disseminator. In that capacity, how do you see twitter working?

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