I'm a very organized person. I have my piles, but I have organized piles. But I'm running into some organization issues this week. You see, I've been blogging for almost six months. I have blogs and awesome educators and writers that I follow daily, reading posts, thinking, reflecting, and commenting if I feel the need to respond. That's all been manageable.
This week I joined millions of other world wide users: I'm on Twitter. Many have referred to it as microblogging. You receive a snippet of information (140 characters or less) and usually a link to read more. I really do love it and understand now why so many people utilize this social networking service to deepen and extend their knowledge. I've made many new connections and I'm learning more each day. I realize that those "voices" out there have great ideas, books, and strategies to share and they are really just like me: a teacher who wants to make a difference.
So, my dilemma: I'm reading all these tweets (aka microblogs), clicking on this link, looking at that link, saving this great idea, and so on. At the end of each day, I have at least 20 minimized sites at the bottom of my screen that I want to go back and read or dig through or spend more time soaking in the great words of wisdom. I cannot keep up with this chaos!
Today I found on the Free Technology for Teacher site: How to Use Google Bookmarks. Great timing! Easy to set up. You can even install a bookmarklet (a button) on your bookmark menu bar, so as I find a great site on Twitter, I click the link, click on my button and save (or bookmark) the site. After an hour of testing out the Google Bookmarks, my minimized sites are gone!
It's a start, but do you have any other suggestions for keeping all the sites from Twitter organized? What do you do with all the information that you receive from tweets? I'd love to hear your thoughts.