Twitter is an online social networking service
and microblogging service that enables its
users to send and read text-based messages
of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets".
Twitter is on online communication tool
Platform for listening to others in new ways
Created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and
launched in July.
Over 645 million active users as of 2014
◦ Over 2.1 billion queries daily
2007 – 1.2 million tweets per year
2008 - 4 million per year
By June 2010 – 65 million per day
◦ 750 tweets per second
By March 2012 – 340 million tweets per day
October 2013 – 500 million tweets per day
January 2014 – 9,100 per second
As of January 2014, the accounts with the most followers
belonged to the following individuals and organizations:
Katy Perry (51 million)
Justin Bieber (50.0 million)
Barack Obama (41.8 million) - highest ranked account
representing a politician
YouTube (40.0 million) - highest account not representing an
Lady Gaga (41.0 million followers worldwide)
Taylor Swift (39.4 million)
Britanny Spears (36.2 million) - highest ranked account based
outside the United States
Rihanna (34.3 million)
Instagram (31.1 million)
Justin Timberlake (31.0 million)
1. writer’s profile picture
2. writer’s Twitter @name
3. writer’s User name – e.g. John Smith
4. The “recycled” icon shows that the tweet you’re reading is a Retweet
5. The name of the person who retweeted this message.
6. The little balloon indicates a Google Maps reference in the tweet.
7. Image – the tweet contains a picture
8. Video – a video is embedded in this tweet
9. Reply – the tweet you’re viewing is a reply to an earlier tweet.
10. Expand – clicking here expands the sidebar to “drill down” on the current tweet.
11. The age of the tweet i.e. how long ago it was posted.
12. The #hashtag and is automatically hyper linked.
13. This is pretty much a standard hyperlink to an external location.
14. Also known as an @mention shows that this tweet is referencing another Twitter user.
15. Clicking on the @username expands the sidebar to show a summary profile of the person.
At twitter.com – SEARCH
By person’s name
Click on a person you are following and who they
are following appear
Twitter.com using hashtags
◦ # = symbol used to identify a specific chat or topic
◦ #ntchat – New Teacher Chat
Twitter 4 Teachers Wiki – Website
Hashtags.org - website
What the Trend – website
Tagulus - website
Created in 2003
Microsoft bought it out in 2011
70 million registered users as of September
October 2013 – 2 billion per minutes a day
is a proprietary voice-over-Internet Protocol
Computers free, phones, text messagingthere may be charge. Check with your
A free and easy way for teachers to open up
their classroom. Meet new people, talk to
experts, share ideas and create amazing
learning experiences with teachers from
around the world.
Remote learning for Sick Students
International Language Exchange
Virtual field trips
Authors reading to school children
Guest speakers (career day, politicians)
Free video conferencing for up to 10 people
◦ offers a suite of productivity apps that let you share
what’s on your screen, collaborate in Google Drive,
view You Tube videow
you can also dial the person in by clicking on
the “Invite” button and then the “+telephone”
Calls to the US and Canada are free, and
international calling rates are very low.