To my shock and surprise, as of late June, I was 11th on the list of most influential education policy tweeters in the country, ahead of the NEA & Randi Weingarten, according to Mike Petrilli at the journal EducationNext. (see list to the right.)
This is measured according to something called “Klout” which analyzes “more than 35 variables on Facebook and Twitter to measure True Reach, Amplification Probability, and Network Score” (whatever that means.)
Though the list had my Klout at 59, today it is "steady" at 64; which I suppose is a result of the article. That puts me on a par with Michelle Rhee (if her score did not go up.) And guess what? Michelle Rhee started following me yesterday, among several others on the list.
Diane Ravitch is #1 of course, as she should be. Apparently Petrilli left out some other prominent tweeters with high scores, like the SOS march and Rita Solnit of Parents Across America, among others. But still!
I only signed up for twitter in March 2010, originally to follow Diane Ravitch, and soon found that I had several people following me, so I felt compelled to tweet to them.
It soon became an addiction but obviously a useful one, since my tweeting has driven people to the blogs, websites, and articles I think they should read, primarily those that serve as an important counterweight to the dominant education reform myth of our time, as promulgated by #3,5,6, 8, 17, 20 and others on the list: that privatization and high stakes testing is the best way to improve our schools.
I seem to be the only real-life public school parent activist on the list; we need to get more parents tweeting to join me. Let’s go gang! Sign up to twitter, it’s easy at twitter.com, and then follow me at @leoniehaimson; you'll be able to check out many interesting news stories, commentary, and blogs; and you will soon find that you have followers (and "Klout") of your own.
So, readers, I ask you: how should I use my newly discovered Klout? Influence is related to perception, so even if I landed on the list by mistake, I feel as though I should try to leverage my good fortune somehow. Please give your suggestions, and help me to figure it out.
More about this list and how it was derived here.