Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with a “lurk and learner.” For those of you who do not know, a “lurker” is someone on Social Media who tends to sift through information, blogs, tweets, posts, or videos and quietly learns. They tend to follow more people then they have followers. They have become astute at checking hashtags for ideas and recommendations. But, rarely, if ever do they tweet, blog or put something out into the Social Media landscape.
Do you know how hard it is to get a lurk and learner to share their story?
Here are some helpful hints about Lurking and Learning:
1. Start small. Follow a few educators and read their tweets.
2. Find a hashtag (#) to follow. Jerry Blumengarten (aka Cybrary Man) has a comprehensive list
3. Follow a twitter chat. Here is the Schedule that Jerry posted
4. As you learn, pay it forward in your organization
Know someone who is lurking and learning? Make sure to support them and encourage them to continue!