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Twitter. Learning and engaging one conversation at a time, asynced, over tweets, content people shared, events they host or participate in. Follow-up. Caring about the conversation and energy with people. Getting to know weak ties and strong ties.

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A photo I took from the rooftop of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.

I am retrieving bookmarks and using search to use tweets to turn into tasks or curated blog posts. I find that people share and discuss Twitter better than on Linkedin, where content posting is king. On the other hand, I sometimes have interesting encounters and conversations on Linkedin. So it is how I use Twitter among my toolkit.

“You can use Twitter as a way to move from weak ties to strong ties, to get to know people better. Twitter is perfect to establish weak ties (by following them), you can start to engage by interacting (such as replying, retweeting) but may also organize face-to-face meetings. In this way Twitter helps you expland your strong network.” — @joitske

This is how I have used Twitter since I jumped into it. I wrote when I wrote about navigating the knowledge flows:

Go slow for going fast could mean: pause, think critically, reply slowly and later. Participate in stimulating online conversations but also take time to reflect and listen. Sometimes a fast response can be a timely action to what’s needed. So it depends on the context, methinks.

I can also relate to what is written below:

“I try to sift through all the Twitter content from my network and look for trends and relationships between topics. I then put my analysis and interpretation on it. I feel that’s where my value-add is. I’m not just sending out a bunch of links. I think through what might be valuable to particular groups such as marketing or engineering. This leads to engaging discussion.”

My personal experience is that there is also serendipity involved. I follow L&D trend watchers and read about artificial intelligence and chatbot. When I participated in a face-to-face method to reflect about mistakes in order to learn from them I was able to connect that idea to a confession bot idea.

Hence Twitter does work for me as a source of new ideas. — @joitske

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