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Influencers: 12 Observations About EdNext's "Top Twitter Feeds"

For me, the hands-down top new Twitter feed in education in 2014 is @thnkscommoncore, but I may be alone in that.

The much more official and deeply-considered Top Twitter Feeds in Education Policy 2014 are quite another thing, according to the folks at Education Next who put out the annual update.

This year's version includes three lists -- top overall, top individual, and top organization.  There's lots of overlap, and no doubt some of the accounts (Arne Duncan and USDE) are being run by the same social media manager.

On a related note, should individual accounts for folks like Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee that are presumably run by more than one person be included in the list of "people"?

As in the past, the list focuses on Klout scores rather than numbers of followers.  It's not clickable, or re-sortable (by followers, say).  I've asked for a Twitter list so that you can subscribe to all these folks with a single click, and crossed fingers it might happen (yay!).

As Petrilli notes, here are a couple of newcomers in the form of the Badass Teachers Association and founder Mark Naison, which should yet again have reform advocates reconsidering their disinterest in becoming involved in social media.  (Newcomer Campbell Brown is on the list, but I don't think anyone's expecting her or her organization to carry the reform message on Twitter and Facebook single-handedly.)

CAP and New America also made it -- apparently their first time.

Other observations, profound and otherwise are below the fold.  A few folks made it on the list with high Klout scores but very few followers, about which I have mixed feelings.  Some venerable education policy types aren't on this year's list, lots of mainstream media journalists and journalistic outlets aren't included either (for lack of policy or lack of activity, it's not clear).

TFA tops the list? How did that happen? Never would have guessed it. Nearly as many followers as Arne Duncan and the highst Klout score of anyone.

HGSE at #10?  I would never have guessed.

#11 Xian Barrett beats out Anthony Cody and Jose Vilson and the BATs but with fewer than 3,00o followers, which tells you something about his Twitter skills or about Klout scores (or both, I suppose). Barrett's not the only one with high Klout scores and low followers. Polikoff comes in at #25 on the individuals list with fewer than 1,500 followers. 

#25 Pondiscio has nearly abandoned Twitter for Facebook, where he seems to have the run of the place.

#26 Education Nation is all but closed, I thought.  Too lazy to check when the last tweet went out.

#30 Carri Schneider? No idea, but there she is.  

The missing include Kombiz? Where's he? 

Mainstream national journalists still aren't on the list -- Motoko Rich, Lindsey Layton, Caroline Porter, Leslie Brody, Claudio Sanchez, etc. -- hampered by the limitations on what they can say or do without getting in trouble, I suppose (or DQ'd for not being policy enough for Petrilli?).  

Joy Resmovits is there, as is Libby Nelson. 

RealClear Education isn't listed, and Rotherham isn't either. (My  how things have changed.)

Ditto for NPR's education team.


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