Twitter is a great exercise in concision as you can see, only 140 characters are allowed, which is more challenging than you may think.
Obviously you are here bc you want to learn, for which I applaud you. Many of you here are totally outside your comfort zones, but you are here, and you are definitely going to learn something, I guarantee it.
Here are some easy first steps to get you started with an account, and get you tweeting.
This is what you see when you log in, it’s now in a timeline format, similar to fbook. It shows all your tweets,
This is what you see when you log in, it’s now in a timeline format, similar to fbook. It shows all your tweets, and all your followers tweets. This is diff than your personal twitter page, (@gavirtual) which shows just all your tweets and replies to others. You can choose to have an unlimited number of followers, but only follow select people back.
Mention: sometimes also a reply. It’s a public response to a specific person. Follow: someone you choose to get updates from Follower-someone who follows your updates. Ex: We have students that follow GAVS page, but I don’t follow students back, mostly bc I don’t want to see all their updates in my feed, but I do want them to get our updates in theirs. Get it?
-direct message-sending someone a private message. It’s the only really PM feat. In Twitter. -Retweet-reposting something to your followers from someone else MT-modified Tweet. This is good Twitter etiquette to change RT to MT if you shorten or adapt the original Tweet to repost. I use MT to correct a tweet before I post it, sometimes I like to add a different hashtag, or something like that.
You can reoly by using the mention at the beginning of a general tweet, or the Reply feature. I favor the Reply feature, mostly bc I get tech questions or general FAQs and I like to have the stream organized together if I need to go back and reference it. However, using the @mention method typically allows more people to see it, so if you are doing a class chat or something, I recommend this method.
DO add a photo into your profile! Do not leave the “goose egg” picture default from Twitter, or no one will believe you are real. Seriously. Choose if you want to check the box “Tailor Twitter based on my recent website visits” this is exactly what it sounds like, Twitter will keep your search data stored somewhere and will make follower and content suggestions based on that data. It’s a quick and easier way to get followers based on your interests, education and tech for example. It might not be bad for new users to try it out, to get your timeline populated. It’s up to you if you want Twitter gathering that info from you. As you can see you can click on the link to “Learn More” about this.
I favor using names when possible. It is likely yours will be taken. But here’s some tips to consider. It looks like poor John Smith got tot eh Twitter party really late here, and no one will be able to find you. Your name and subject or class is a good choice. LaEla uses Twitter great in her online classes, check out our session on Twitter in the Online Classroom w myself and Carrie Madden. At 2:15 today.
Add #gavirtual hashtag so it’s searchable. It’s good people know you teach with us, but it doesn’t hurt to add “all opinions expressed are mine.” Try something interesting! You only have a few lines, so it’s got to be concise, but something fun is great!
Bc I do not follow @iyanna, this does not show up on my homepage, instead, it shows up in my @mentions feed >notifications>(Mentions”) https://twitter.com/i/notifications Good Twitter etiquette says to incl your mention at the beginning of the statement. this can be pretty complicated to totally understand, so you may want to jut get started in Twitter, check out our Twitter 102 session, and we will go into more depth. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with something new.
Hashtag is a way to search for conversations going on all over twitter related to a certain subject matter or event. People don’t have to be following you or you follow them. We are using one for the symposium. If you use this in your tweets, anyone can search it and see the entire conversation that is going on. Hashtags are used for online twitter chats, which are great for growing your prof learning network, and professional development. I will go into more details on chats in Twitter 102. Type the hashtag you want to look at into the search box and you will be able to see what comes up. It has also become a form of slang in pop culture, and it gets a little crazy sometimes. Hashtags are best used in this way, short, and directly connected to something specific, unless its just for fun, as we see in a fun Jimmy Fallon/justin Timberlake skit.
I can’t let you leave wihtout explaing a VERY important term-hashtag. Among the best hashtags out there, and ther eare a LOT. Is the #TBT or throwback Thursday hashtag. People post old photos usually and label them with this hashtag. We did one recenlt and a few brave souls posted their #tbt grad pics
Recognize these beauties?
Again lour Twitter in the Online Classroom course later today will give you more ideas in this arena
When in doubt, RT from our page on GAVIrtual, follow who we follow, and you’ll be off to a great start.
Twitter 102 Session will cover a lot of this, particularly on Twitter chats and growing your PLN
Just try hashtagging first. Write a tweet from your page, using the #GAVSTweetUp hashtag, and I will see it in real time, and I can answer your questions
If you’re a GAVS employee, please refer to the Social Media Policy and be sure to adhere to it
Twitter 101 for Educators
• Is no longer a trend!
• Is created for brief conversations,
or “micro blogging”
• Only allows you to write 140
characters at a time
• Can be very useful and fun if used
• Is important for connected
educators to become familiar
And YOU are a connected educator…
Did I mention
Space. For reals.
So, what’s your
• Create an account with a picture
• Find people to Follow
• Participate in a chat
• ReTweet what some interesting people are
• Jump in and begin contributing your 140
sorry for the issues”
Or Hit>Reply, and
respond. The responses
will be catalogued
together in the feed
Things to remember when choosing a Username
• 15 characters
• Shorter is better
• How would it look on your email signature? Stupid or professional?
• You can change it when you want
• Avoid crazy punctuation, numbers (JohnSmith3245)
• Good ideas include: @mrsmitchellbio (this is LaEla Mitchell’s page for
her biology classes)
• Know your school’s social media policy
• Search and add @gavirtual to follow us. Other
• For cool accounts specific to your subject area,
@NASA @realtimeWWII @atlasobscura
@thewordoftheday @techreview @TEDtalks
We have some folks who are seriously active and
some newbies just willing to jump in and explore.
Here’s just a few having fun in the Twitterverse!
See if you know who they are!
@gavirtual (obviously!) @mrsmitchellbio @_janeobrien8
@sciencebitsnow @MargaretThomas4 @lynnewhitley
@rvcopeland @cmadz @jeffgiddens
There are many more of you, so keep up the good work! Make sure
you follow @gavirtual and I will Follow you back, so I know that
you’re out there!
I don’t follow this person, she follows me. So, it doesn’t show up in my homepage,
but it will show up in my mentions tab. Notifications>Mentions
Now we can
said about this
• If You’re using
Twitter for classes-
– Funny facts about
– Relevant course
– Links to get help,
tutoring and more
• If You’re Using Twitter
mostly for Professional
growing your PLN
• Relevant #elearning
• Blogs, articles or
webinars you wrote or
have an interest in
• RT from followers
• How to Change Your Background
• Writing a good profile bio
• Creating a list
• Growing my PLN
• Participating in a chat
• Using Twitter within my classes
• How do I get more followers?
• How do I block people?
• What if I get spam?
Twitter 102 Session
Twitter in the
Guess what? We can Twitter chat about it, and it will give you some
practice at the same time. To ask me a question, start your Tweet
with “@GAVS_smspec #GAVStweetup” , or just use “#GAVStweetup”
• New To Twitter “Choosing a Username”
• “Mom, This is How Twitter Works”
• 5 Reasons Educators Should Tweet
• GAVS Social Media Policy
• Twitter Chats for Educators