A few weeks ago there was a post on Mashable titled Twitter Professors: 18 People to Follow for a Real Time Education. At first I thought the post was going to highlight educators on Twitter. But, it was better than that, it was a list of Twitter users worth following in order to keep up with what’s going on in the world. The post got a bit of buzz for a few days, and ever since I’ve been thinking about how who I “hang-out” with on Twitter helps me to learn new things and keep up with what’s going on inside and outside of libraries.

Twitter is the #1 the way that I keep up with what’s going on in the world. I realized, after reading Mashable’s post, that in some ways Twitter is my local university. While I don’t sit in class, I do learn from the posts that I read on a daily basis.

This made me think it might be useful to post the usernames of some of those I follow on Twitter as a way to help blog readers get their own Twitter U going. I’ve purposely left off the many libraries, librarians, publishers, and authors that I follow. I decided to focus on the world more outside of our traditional scope of reading. (Sometimes it’s hard to read outside of a specific professional area.) I hope this helps readers to learn more about what’s going on outside of libraries, in order to help make library services even better.

The list below is separated into categories and I kept myself to a maximum of 6 Tweeters in each. I find that each of the Twitter users in each of these categories provides a bit of a different and expanded take on the topics in which they primarily Tweet.

Education Tweeting
@acarvin, @dtapscott, @educationweek, @gocollaboration, @pbslearningnow

Entertainment Tweeting
@celebritygossip, @DailyFill, @msnbc_celeb, @TVGuide

Media Tweeting
@NewTeeVee, @nytimesmedium

Technology Tweeting
@arstechnica, @crave, @mashable, @pogue, @rww, @wiredmag

If you are new to Twitter, try one or two of these users as a way to get started. If you have suggestions for who to add to Twitter U, add the username in this post’s comments.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

One Thought on “Twitter U

  1. One of my favorite edubloggers is Scott McLeod of Dangerously Irrelevant:
    @mcleod

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