2. Space is at a Premium
Each post, or Tweet, on
Twitter can only consist of a
maximum of 140 characters.
Therefore, space is precious.
This means that many things
get abbreviated in order to
conform to the space
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The @ symbol is put before
a Twitter username at the
beginning of a tweet in
order to “address” the
tweet to that person.
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Tweet by @geowashington
Credit your sources by using RT at the beginning of a tweet to
indicate that you are “Retweeting” information, resources, or
ideas you received from some someone else. Put your source’s
username after RT.
Tweet by @smithsonian
Another way to credit your sources. Via appears in parenthesis
at the end of a tweet, followed by the source’s username.
Tweet by @stevecase
Indicates info is from another source. Source
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Many tweets contain live hyperlinks to diﬀerent resources on
the internet. They are often shortened from their original form
to take up less space in 140 character tweets.
Tweet by @nasa
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7. Background Knowledge: Tags
In order to understand the
next term, be sure you
understand the concept of
Tags on the internet. A tag
is a label used for the
purpose of identiﬁcation
or organization. Twitter,
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categorize and organize
Developed as a tag to organize and ﬁlter tweets, #hashtags are
searchable and agreed upon by a group.
They can be used to:
-Filter search results for a topic
-Participate in a live chat
-Find information from a conference
Clickable, Searchable #hashtags
Tweet by @ted_talks Tweet by @jswiatek
9. Some Education #hashtags
Feel !ee to search for these tags to get an idea of how they are used.
Conferences: Search & Filter: Live Chats:
#iste2010 #historyteacher #edchat
International Society for Resource shared by and for A live education that occurs on
Technology in Education history teachers. Tuesday evenings. Anyone can
Conference in Denver, 2010. participate by including the
#gls2009 Used on Tuesdays to
Games+Learning+Society recommend good teachers to
Conference in Madison, WI, follow on Twitter.
#tedtalks Common tag used by credit &
Annual conference on “Ideas non-credit students involved in
worth sharing.” A large amount the University of Regina’s Social
of the high caliber presentations Media & Open Education
are recorded & available on the course.
A representation of a writer’s mood or facial
expression using text. :)
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Each of the examples
given here were not
included in the original
use of Twitter. They are
all user created and
adapted by Twitter
developers. Language on
Twitter will continue to
evolve as new needs are
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