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We all keep track of the number of followers that we have. For some it is a fun game, for some it may be competitive. I am not sure what it was for me until I thought about the above tweet and responded thus:
That last sentence truly sums it all up. Since I have been connecting on Twitter, I have met, interacted with, and learned with so many amazing educators in the virtual world. These are people with whom I would likely never communicate if it weren't for what I consider to be the most influential tool for professional development in my career: Twitter. In addition, Twitter relationships often become live, in person ones via tweet-ups at conventions, conferences, edcamp unconferences, and various other educational learning forums.
So, I guess the number of followers that I have is kind of fun to watch grow; however, I think the number that is really more important is the number of true connections made. I feel lucky to be learning with so many dedicated and innovative educators. I've been having phenomenal conversations since the first few weeks that I logged on. Folks like @Cantiague_Lead, @Joe_Mazza, @L_Hilt, and many others helped me understand back then that this was more than just 140 characters and pithy sayings; it is a full-fledged conversation geared toward improving ourselves and demonstrating how important it is to connect for professional growth.
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As for the chocolate confetti? I sure hope so. I guess, I'll see soon.
***Update Feb. 11, 2013
Hit 1000 followers overnight and there was no chocolate confetti; nonetheless, I am thrilled to keep growing my PLN.