I have changed my mind. I think that Twitter is a really powerful place for media specialists. Why? Because so many authors are on Twitter, and it is so easy to connect with them!
In the olden days, otherwise known as the mid-nineties when I began my teaching career, in order for teachers and students to connect with authors they had to write letters. Then they had to figure out how to get those letters to the authors, maybe through the publisher or by finding an address. Now, I'm not knocking writing letters to authors. I still think this is a great idea, and it is very exciting when an author writes back to you or to the class. However, you aren't always sure your letter got there. Did the author read it? Will they respond? Hard to know.
When we have an author visit or a student makes a video for a book or they read a book that they love or they win a Golden Ticket by reading a book, I can tweet about it, share the video or picture, and tag the author in my tweet. If they are on Twitter, that is.
And the best part? They almost always interact back with you on some way...
Maybe they like the tweet. Yeah!
How amazing is that?