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LTI guide to Twitter

LSE, Learning technology and innovation guide to Twitter

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LTI guide to Twitter

  1. 1. Using Social Media Twitter Using Social Media: Twitter What is Twitter? Twitter could be defined as a crossover between blogging, instant messaging and social networking Many tweets answer the question of what the user is doing, others are responses to other tweets, pointers to online resources that the user found interesting, musings, or questions. Similar to social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter lets users collectively establish numerous and interconnected networks of users. Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called Tweets. Tweet (noun) A tweet may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text. Tweet (verb) The act of sending a Tweet. Tweets get shown in Twitter timelines or are embedded in websites and blogs. Hashtags Any word or phrase immediately preceded by the # symbol. When you click on a hashtag, you’ll see other Tweets containing the same keyword or topic. Follow Subscribing to a Twitter account is called “following.” To start following, click the Follow button next to the user name or on their profile page to see their Tweets as soon as they post something new. Someone who follows you is a follower. Re-tweet The act of sharing another user’s Tweet to all of your followers by clicking on the Retweet button.
  2. 2. What is Twitter for? Using Social Media: Twitter Want to find out more? LTI runs workshops on social media and Twitter. Go on the training system to find out more Sharing Twitter can be considered as a broadcasting tool with which users share what they are doing, reading, working on. They will also use it to share information from other sources and users, by retweeting them for example Twitter in Education? Conversation Many people use the # and @ signs to participate in a conversation, a debate or a conference for example. Twitter can also be used as a backchannel during a presentation to display live comments, questions and debates. Networking Twitter works as a network that you build by “following” other people and by having followers yourself. In addition to following people, you can also receive update on what is relevant to you by using hashtags. “Twitter can provide a simple way for attendees at a conference to share thoughts about particular sessions and activities with others at the event and those unable to attend” “In the same way that clickers facilitate active learning, Twitter, too, could be used in an academic setting to foster interaction about a given topic” EDUCAUSE Sharing: resources for students, updates on projects and research, Connecting: with other researchers, similar departments in other institutions, influential people in your field of expertise Promoting: important events, conferences, blog posts, websites, live meetings/discussions Attending virtual conferences and events: by following threads or adding your views using the event’s hashtag Find us on Twitter! @lselti Contact:

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