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Twitter 101 in 30 minutes
Twitter 101: Developing a personal
and professional learning network
1. What is Twitter and how does it work?
2. How do I find people to follow?
3. How can a teacher use Twitter for personal and
1. What is Twitter?
Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging
service that enables its users to send and read text-based
posts of up to 140 characters, informally known as "tweets",
Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz
Stone and Noah Glass and by July 2006 the site was launched. The
service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with 500 million registered
users in 2012, who posted 340 million tweets per day. The service
also handled 1.6 billion search queries per day. In 2013 Twitter was
one of the ten most-visited websites, and has been described as "the
SMS of the Internet."
How does Twitter work?
Video: Twitter in 60 seconds:
Why join Twitter?
1. Make connections.
2. Learn tons: From tweets and other people's links & posts
3. Participate in online discussions (e.g. #langchat on
4. Ask for help
5. Have fun sharing!
Hashtags are a way to describe and categorize content - think
of them as key words. Click on a hashtag to see other tweets
using that hashtag without having to follow those who have
tweeted; set up a column to follow hashtags in Tweetdeck.
2. For PD: How to get started
1. Sign up for a Twitter account at http://twitter.com/
2. Start following people and posting "tweets"
3. Who to follow?
- start with people you know
- look to see who they're following
- look to see who is following them
- look at their "lists"
- Twitter4Teachers has lists of teachers by content area
(NOTE: You can always unfollow someone if you don't
like their tweets!)
4. Retweet (RT) tweets you like!
World Language Educators
3. Other considerations
- What you tweet is public. Tweet wisely. (You can
delete a tweet, but it might be too late!)
- Twitter can be addictive. Maintain a balance! You
can't read it all, so don't try.
- Consider using a utility such as Tweetdeck.
Ready for more details?
For more information on Twitter,
visit my Twitter wiki page.