One of the comments I hear from teachers all the time, particularly if they are new to social media, is how they feel overwhelmed by the sheer amounts of information that can flood your news feed every day. I’ve often heard it described as trying to take a drink from a fire hose. I’d say that expression is generally pretty accurate.
The best way to get connected and really learn from others is to follow a lot of people. When you don’t follow many people, you don’t see as much in your news feed. On the other hand, once you start down that road, it can become impossible to read everything that comes into your feed.
Some Twitter fans use other sites or apps like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite to organize their feed into different lists or groups, but I’ve never really had much success with that. I know I won’t be able to see and read everything, but I’ve always felt like I have been missing good information that could really benefit me as an educator.
Enter Nuzzel! One of my fabulous #TOSAchat colleagues introduced it to me last week and it has CHANGED the way I do social media, particularly Twitter. Available for both iOS and Android, Nuzzel is an app that shows you the most relevant tweets from a given time period, such as the past 24 hours.
Not only that, but it tell you how many of your social media friends have shared it. Now you can know exactly what everyone is talking about (or tweeting about) because it shows up first on the list. You can view the tweet (or connected blog post), share it out again on social media, or export it anywhere (like Evernote where I personally like to store info for later reference – see blog post about Evernote). There’s also a “friends of friends” screen so I can expand my search out to beyond just my own Twitter circle.
I can still go back to Twitter any time I want and take a sip from the firehose, but Nuzzel allows me to focus my searching and see the best of what’s out there with just a few taps on my phone! Almost everything I’ve read through Nuzzel has been worth retweeting because it has been just that good. If you tweet, you MUST use Nuzzel!