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What is Twitter?

Twitter is a powerful and flexible tool for communication. It has transformed the way people get information and share their thoughts and opinions.

How to Make a Twitter Account

 

How does it benefit educators?

  • Establish your "brand" for your classroom/school

  • Follow thought leaders

  • Create a Professional Learning Community

 

Key Tems

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Tweet

A tweet is a public announcement that anyone following your account can view.

Retweet

When you repost a message from someone else, you're retweeting it.

Reply

If you want to reply to someone who has posted an update on Twitter, just start your message with @username to direct it at them. Remember, though: this isn't a private conversation! People who follow you and the person you're talking to will see this message. 

Direct Message

 In addition to the public tweets, you can also send private direct messages to anyone who follows you (though they won't be able to message you back unless you also follow them).

Hashtag

The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages. If you click on a hash tag, it will show you all the other tweets associated with a hashtag.They are a good way of following and contributing to a particular subject.

 

Education Chats

Education Chats - updated list of daily chats focused on education

13 Great Twitter Chats Every Educator Should Check Out - older information but useful

 

Consider third-party apps

An entire eco-system has sprung up around Twitter. Here are some of my favorite applications:

  • HootSuite. This is the application used to manage Twitter on your desktop. It will even manage Facebook profiles and pages, LinkedIn, and several other social media services. It is great because it allows you to segment people by groups (or columns). You can create groups for family, close friends, colleagues, etc. It is available for both desktop systems and mobile devices.
  • Tweetdeck. This application allows you to manage Twitter on your desktop. You can separate hashtags into separate columns for easier use.
  • BufferApp. You can use this application to post your tweets, so that you don’t flood your followers with a string of posts. Instead, you can put them in Buffer, and it spreads the tweets throughout the day. It gives you tremendous control. You can determine how often and at what times you tweet. It comes with extensions for the most popular browsers, so you can buffer a tweet directly from a web page. It also allows you to buffer Facebook status updates.
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