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Learning to Tweet​​

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​​I once heard that people born after 1980 are digital natives and those born before 1980 are digital immigrants. While not by much, I fall into the digital immigrant cate​​gory. While I spend time reading​ ​​and responding to emails and checking out my favorite websites, I am really out of touch when it comes to apps, trends, and the latest happenings. 

In preparation for the launch of this blog, one of the things I had to do was become more active on social media, including Twitter, in order to promote the blog across my network. For the past four years, I have had a Twitter account, but I have only used it sporadically, primarily to keep up with the latest scores for my favorite sports teams and stay up to date with local news. However, over that four-year period, I had never actually posted my own tweet up until about a month ago.

I guess it was time I finally learned how to tweet. To figure out what all the hype was about, I received training from a colleague (a digital native). This person was kind enough to put a summary document together for me, including a listing of the top things to remember as it relates to Twitter. She also provided guidance on how other people are using Twitter as well as how not to use Twitter. Obviously, she was a huge help to me in learning this new world. 

For his term as The IIA's 2015-16 Global Chairman, Larry Harrington chose the theme "Invest in Yourself." I look at learning Twitter as a way to invest in myself and position myself to have multiple methods to communicate with those around me. I'm beginning to better understand this form of communication and its benefits, as compared to other forms of communication. And while I have a long way to go, I must admit I'm starting to get into Twitter.

You can follow me on Twitter at @laurasoileau.​

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