Being Tiny on Twitter
I started on #edutwitter because I needed a place to be heard and feel supported, but I wasn’t sure where to start. I was a ‘tiny’ fish who suddenly found herself in the midst of an ocean. I didn’t know who to follow and no one ever answered my questions. If you want to know more about my first forays with Twitter, read Twitter – how to join the Edutweeters.
Anyway, I created #TinyVoiceTuesday and #TinyVoiceTuesdayUnites in the hope that other ‘Tinies’ would be able to join #edutwitter with greater ease than I had. Thankfully, this does seem to be the case (thank you so much for the recognition True Education Partnerships).
I am really hoping that this post will give greater clarity to everything Twitter, Tiny and Tuesday related! Thank you so much to @clcsimon for the amazing artwork that supports each hashtag.
This is the hashtag which will help you to build up your ‘Personal Learning Network’ or PLN. The idea is that you follow and follow back the people within the ‘Tiny’ community so that you can build up a network for yourself of like-minded people.
#TinyVoiceTuesdayUnites starts every Tuesday at 6am with a tweet from me.
What you need to do:
Comment within that thread so that everyone knows you are there.
Remember to include #TinyVoiceTuesdayUnites in your tweet
Retweet my tweet (reminding everyone else that it is #TinyVoiceTuesdayUnites)
We are a community that prides itself on virtually smiling at each other and returning each others virtual smiles (‘Following’ – is it the virtual ‘Smile’?).
Top tips about #TinyVoiceTuesdayUnites:
People are most active between 6am and 8am, so if you want to connect with people and not just follow them get there early.
In your tweet add something about yourself, maybe what you are going to do that day and then go through the thread liking and commenting on other people’s tweets. The more you join in, the greater a part of the community you will feel.
Throughout the day put #TinyVoiceTuesdayUnites in the search on Twitter, click on latest and see if there are any new tweets that you have missed. I find that the easiest way to check myself, then like, comment and follow.
This hashtag is to be used when a tiny voice has a question that they would like an answer to. This is where the whole idea of ‘Tiny Voice’ originated from.
#TinyVoiceTuesday runs all day on Tuesday and each question creates its own thread.
What you need to do:
What happens then:
I retweet it.
I will tag you.
I will tag others who can help you.
Top tips about #TinyVoiceTuesday:
If you don’t tag me or if you use the incorrect hashtag, I won’t necessarily see it and your question might disappear into the ether. Please, so that I can help you, make sure that you tag and hashtag correctly.
The #TVTTagTeam is a community of amazing educators who are happy to be tagged in any question asked on #TinyVoiceTuesday. Many of them are tiny voices themselves, but the team consists of primary and secondary school teachers, middle leaders, senior leaders, heads, executive heads, consultants, human resource executives and lecturers – you get the picture. Just because people don’t have lots of followers on Twitter, does not mean they haven’t got a wealth of experience to offer.
Many of the team have #TVTTagTeam on their name and/ or their profile, so they are easy to spot. There are currently 220 #TVTTagTeam members at the moment, but we have space for a few more. If you would like to be part of it, read this A New Twitter Community Emerges.
During this strange time we are in, I have been calling on the #TVTTagTeam outside of Tuesdays, if you would prefer not to be tagged in questions other than on Tuesdays please let me know.
I believe that we need each other more than ever now, so please share this post far and wide so that more ‘Tiny Voiced Educators’ know that there is a place for them in the midst of this mad, mad world.
Thank you and if you are new to Twitter, find me @Toriaclaire, follow me and I’ll point you in the right direction.