After spending some time away from Twitter and blogging, its been fun to come back and try to examine the major changes. One of the differences is the heavy amount of retweeting that is done daily. Another noticeable change is that many educators have huge amounts of followers. Of course, much of this is directly influenced by the sheer growth of educators in our Personal Learning Networks, but there may be more to it then that. I’m interested to find out the correlation between retweeting and the major increase in followers as well as why other people retweet (RT) so often.
I want to attempt a crowdsourced blog post. I have never done this before so it’s a bit of an experiment. It would be great if you answered the following question in the comments. I will continue to edit this blog and add your reasons into the list below.
If you think your reason is something important to the discussion but you don’t want your name revealed because it may be controversial or bring unecessary attention to you, then I completely understand. Feel free to post anonymous/pseudonym comments. However, I will credit you and link to your blog post/ Twitter name if you leave it in the comments. After the list is completed, I will repost it and send it out to our network.
Why do you Retweet?
- To share good information
- Identify interesting people to follow – @GeofferyKehrig
- To send it out to a different group of people than the original tweeter did, so more people get the message (reach a wider audience). @connect2Jamie write Books and Bytes and @jneman– @tgwynn
- To help expand the network- @geraldaungst who writes Quisitivity
- Because sometimes others have a better way to say what I may be thinking @rgriffithjr
- To give credit to those that deserve it – @amandacdykes who writes Upside Down Ed and @rgriffithjr
- To refocus on a given topic – Colin Graham, moderator of Mathchat
- Let someone know you are paying attention to them and laying the groundwork for future contact – Alex
- Do not have enough time to research on own so want to honor those that are by retweeting – David Fleming – @amandacdykes
- To get people’s attention – @4thGradeTeach who writes Blogging through the 4th Dimension
- To give a standing ovation – @digiblu
- Make sure others know I am still around – @wmchamberlain
- To archive what I may or may not bookmark – Joe Fahs who writes Teaching and Learning with Technology
- To honor a great professional – @mtrump who writes Trump Talk
Ingrid Veilleux, appropriately enough, quoted/retweeted a funny statement that seems like a great way to end this experimental blog post:
“To tweet is human, to retweet, divine”