Happy seven years to Twitter! As a writer who has transitioned mainly from print to digital, I’ve found Twitter to be an invaluable resource. But more importantly, as a digital mom, Twitter is always there at 2am when my IRL network of family and friends are asleep and I have a bizarre question about one of my kids or some random thought that’s keeping me up at night.
Seriously, social media is my bff when it comes to researching ideas or stirring up inspiration. And in between the actual writing of articles, I appreciate tweeting with friends and kid-centric brands and organizations.
Always researching the latest in kid trends and relevant parenting topics, my Twitter Favorites list is a hotbed of profiles that (I think) are worth following.
While yes, I may be a PBS Kids VIP, but I’ve been following every PBS Twitter profiles long before joining this fun ambassador program. Specifically, @PBSKids does a great job with sharing great ideas for the kids, as well as relevant show and digital media information. I’m big on continuing educational conversation at home, so even if it’s a 20 minute after school activity, I appreciate PBSKid’s helpful links, which often highlights their curriculum-based media with characters that my 5-year old knows and loves.
My most recent @PBSKids favorite links to some writing milestones for kindergartners from @pbsparents
— PBS KIDS (@pbskids) March 6, 2013
I’m such a fan of Sara DeWitt, VP of PBS Kids’ Interactive. I favorited her tweet that shared the link to her Podcast of her session at SXSW.
2. CBC Book
The Childrens Book Council dishes out the latest and greatest in children’s and young adult lit news. One of my most recent favorites from them was this one:
— CBC Book (@CBCBook) January 15, 2013
Kidscreen tweets timely headlines about children’s entertainment industry. And because they cover the global market, they share breaking news about toys, online media, tv shows and much more.
Inhabitots tweets interesting news that may be relevant for the eco-concious family.
High tech, ‘intelligent’ baby clothing may help parents detect SIDS warning signs bit.ly/13dRv60
— inhabitots (@inhabitots) January 8, 2013
I’m all about playtime and encouraging play and recess, which is why I appreciate following Playworks. They not only share helpful stats and articles relating to play, but they also engage with like-minded advocates.
We’re all about toys and theHub as of late, so I love checking out @HasbroNews to keep abreast of all of their properties.
— Hasbro (@HasbroNews) June 27, 2012
Overall, I’d love to see more organic conversation on Twitter, including these brands, I do like seeing them in my Twitter stream. Everyone I know uses Twitter differently, but I really wish people didn’t use it as a surveillance channel or as an promotion machine. I get it, people enjoy “watching” others online, but Twitter was actually created to stay in touch with friends. As in, conversation. Conversation, to me, is key when it comes to Twitter. Sharing information and interacting with others first-hand is perhaps the coolest aspect of this social media channel. I appreciate brands and organization who “get it” and follow through with dialogues that were created by “regular” followers and fans. Better yet, I appreciate fellow Twitter users who still engage with one another!
And if you’re one of those who just funnel links to your work on Twitter, well, I’m just not a fan…and I know many others aren’t a fan either.
So, who are your must follow Twitter profiles?