Twitter can be a great place to ask for suggestions from other teachers. Almost every day I answer questions from teachers on Twitter. Yesterday, someone asked me for a suggestion for a blogging platform for elementary school students. I gave my suggestion, Edublogs, but there were plenty of other Twitter users that chimed in too. One of the people that chimed-in was clearly trying to promote his product. This is something to be aware of whenever you’re asking for tool suggestions on Twitter.
Someone promoting his/ her product in a Twitter response isn’t inherently bad. It’s just something to be aware of. Take a minute or two to see if there is an ulterior motive in the suggestion. I made the following video to explain how I attempt to verify the authenticity of a suggestion from someone I don’t know on Twitter.