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Social Media: Ed Writers Notably Missing From 2013 Klout List

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The main thing that jumps out at me looking at this year's Fordham Foundation Top Twitter Feeds in Education Policy is what a great equalizer the social media service seems to be, lumping together individuals (Diane Ravitch, Mike Klonsky, Anthony Cody) with massive institutions, appointed officials and classroom (or former classroom) teachers -- and also the absence of mainstream media outlets/journalists.

Either because they were exluded or didn't make the cut, there's nobody from the New York Times this year, USA Today, Washington Post, or Wall Street Journal (or Politico).  Of course, these mainstream media folks crush everyone else when it comes to overall influence and readership, given the size and prominence of their outlets. And of course they're limited by their roles in terms of what they can do and say in between reporting stories.

Among journalist types, HuffPost's Joy Resmovits is way ahead of me in Klout but lags behind in followers (not sure why that is).  The PoliticsK12 team is a smidgen ahead of me on Klout but way ahead in followers (makes more sense, right?).  Note that TWIE contributors John Thompson and Paul Bruno among others deserve credit for helping attract followers and boosting "my" Klout number.

Author Mike Petrilli points out the rough balance between individuals and institutions, as well that the list has changed little in recent years, reveals little racial diversity and is dominated by men, and contains only a few newcomers (@carrischneider, @getting_smarter both new to me). NCTQ zoomed into the top echelon, with other newcomcers like John Bailey.


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