My Town Tutors has been using twitter to connect with parents, teachers, and educators for the last two years. Along the way, we have made some mistakes, but also have learned some valuable lessons. Hopefully our experiences might be useful to others.
One of the biggest questions is who should you follow first. We have the benefit of experience, but if we were to start over (And we did start over with @mytowntutorsNW. It was announced on June 4, 2013 that @mytowntutorsNW was the worst twitter account in the world!), who would we follow first?
This advice is for all the people new to twitter. If you follow these steps, I think you might be very happy with the results. So, if you are new to twitter, we hope we can be a great role model.
We created a twitter account (@mytowntutorsNW) to test our ideas. We think we might see some amazing results. Below are the guidelines we recommend and will follow to the best of our ability.

  1. Lay low for 30 days to try to figure out the twitter landscape. @mytowntutorsNW will post their first tweet on July 4th, even though the account was opened on June 4th!
  2. Starting July 4th, @mytowntutorsNW will tweet for the next 30 days without following anyone. We welcome followers, but please do not take offense when we do not follow back.
  3. At the start of the third month, we will begin to follow our First 50 twitter accounts. At that point, @mytowntutorsNW will have been on twitter for 60 days, looking to identify the best twitter accounts to follow as an account focused on education. @mytowntutorsNW will follow one account per week. (There will be a few exceptions that will be explained in a future blog.) We will make one guarantee. The list of our first 50 will be impressive.
  4. Our goal will be to create some strong relationships with these “First 50” accounts. If we do our research well, we will make connections with the best.

We welcome feedback on our services and our unique approach to twitter. This may not be the best way, but if you follow us, I think you will see it is one way to really make connections on twitter.