I have always avoided social media tools like Twitter, Facebook and anything else that encourages users to share every detail of their lives. After all, I kind of have my own life and therefore I do not need to hear about what Steve ate for dinner or what Sarah is doing at this particular moment in time.
However, I am starting to think that maybe i was a bit quick to distance myself completely from these tools. After this past week, I can see that if used correctly, these tools can open up a wealth of information as they connect me with people that I normally wouldn’t have a chance to interact with. This in turn brings my PLN to a level that could not otherwise be achieved.
Although I just joined Twitter (@dhoekstra), I am already seeing its power as I start to follow a trail. I click on an interesting Tweet and then I can see who is following this person and who they follow. This leads to more and more interesting people and tweets. While I have already come across lots of great educational information (and “wasted” a whole lot of time doing so), I can see that the amount of information pouring in could get overwhelming. TweetDeck has helped but I still will have to find the right balance. I’m afraid that if I get blasted with too much information, I may just shut down and not go back.