My Daily Dispatch page is inspired by two people who have independently written books called ‘Show Your Work’ - Austin Kleon and Jane Bozarth. Kleon suggests that people share something small every day. He calls this a daily dispatch: “Once a day, after you’ve done your day’s work, go back to your documentation and find one little piece of your process that you can share.” I’ve chosen to do this here on my website. It’s a way of collecting, organising and expanding on the flow of my work and learning. It’s a place to share ideas and stuff I care about. It’s a way to give others more insight to my work and interact with it and me.
I’m currently facilitating a Social and Collaborative Learning Essentials (SCLE) course for the Australian Institute of Training and Development. One of the course modules is about using social media to support learning. During this module I facilitate a slow Twitter chat. I post one question per day for 5 days about using social media for learning. For many course participants this is their first experience of a Twitter chat – sometimes their first experience using Twitter.
For new users one of the challenges of getting value from Twitter is learning how to create a high quality feed of resources and conversation. Once you start following many people your feed can become quite cluttered. If your interests are varied you may find that the content jumps around from one topic to another as you scroll through your feed. Twitter lists can help with this challenge.
One of the SCLE participants asked me how to use Twitter lists. I created the screencast demonstration below to show her how to create a list, add people to list and subscribe to other people’s lists. (If you’re interested – I created this screencast using Zoom.)
If you prefer to follow written instructions for using Twitter lists you can refer to the Twitter help centre.
For some useful ideas about how to use Twitter lists to improve your engagement with others look at How to Use Twitter Lists to Follow Thousands (and Appear Superhuman). Note – I hate the title of this article. For me the quality of connections and engagement matter a lot more than quantity and appearances. However, the ideas for using lists are solid.