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Learn how to create a Twitter account and start tweeting at the 2011 Arkansas ASCD Conference

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Twitter Basics

  1. 1. Twitter : For BeginnersImage: business-strategy-innovation
  2. 2. What is Twitter? ?Image: business-strategy-innovation
  3. 3. What is Twitter?• Twitter is not just about people telling other people what they had for breakfast• But it can be if you wantImage: Display it
  4. 4. What is Twitter? • Being on Twitter doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be friends with celebrities • But you can tryImage: BBC
  5. 5. What is Twitter?• Twitter isn’t going to take up all of your time• But it might if you let itImage: Twitter
  6. 6. What is Twitter? • Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users updates known as tweets (Wikipedia 26/03/08)
  7. 7. What is Twitter?• Like other Social Media tools (facebook, youtube, blogs) twitter works two ways1. You can view content created by others2. You can create content for others to view• On Twitter this ‘content’ is made up of 140 character tweets (vitally these characters can provide links to images, video, and WebPages)• Like other Social Media tools you can just use it one way, but it works best if you do both
  8. 8. What is Twitter?• So…• Twitter is a service or a tool• It’s up to you what you do with it• What is actually possible is dependent on the users of the service
  9. 9. What can I do with Twitter? ??
  10. 10. What can I do with Twitter?• Get the Latest News• Don’t wait for journalists to write up the story, get the latest from the people at the scene as it happens• News of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, and the US Airways Plane landing on the Hudson River, both appeared on Twitter before anywhere else
  11. 11. What can I do with Twitter?• Network at the conference and beyond Follow tweets at• Looking for people or particular info? Post a question.• Find an interesting site, video, resource? Share the link with the rest of us.• Snap a pic or record a video of your team, an idea, something fun and share.• Share an idea.
  12. 12. What can I do with Twitter?• Get Information• Follow people who share the information you need e.g. follow people in Digital and get a constant stream of the information relevant to you• Of course you could look for it all yourself, but why waste hours searching when there are thousands of people doing it for you?
  13. 13. What can I do with Twitter?• Get more specific Information• Use twitter search to find tweets on the specific topic you want e.g. Search: augmented reality
  14. 14. What can I do with Twitter?• Get Even more specific Information• Ask the people of twitter a question
  15. 15. How do I get started?Image: share brain
  16. 16. How do I get started?• Simple, just go to• Pick a username• Fill out the info so people know what to expect from your tweets• Now you have a Twitter account
  17. 17. How do I get started?• Join the conversations at convention • Go to 11aascd. • Log in using your Twitter account.
  18. 18. How do I get started?• Join the conversations at convention • Type a tweet (your message) in the box, and click “Send Tweet.” • Your message will display with other tweets below the box.
  19. 19. How to use the features• That’s the basics.• But, to really interact with Twitter you need to learn a few more things
  20. 20. How to use the features• Reply to Tweets• You can reply to any tweet you see on Twitter, just click on the reply arrow located bottom right of their tweet• Your reply is public and identified by having ‘@username’ at the beginning on the tweet• If you don’t want it to be public you can send the user a Direct message
  21. 21. How to use the features • Re-tweet • See a tweet you like, then you might want to tweet it yourself • This is called re-tweeting, and convention is to credit the user by starting your tweet with ‘RT@username’
  22. 22. How to use the features• You can see any replies to your tweets in the @Replies section• If you want to see if anyone has Re-tweeted any of your tweets you need to search ‘@yourusername’ in Twitter Search
  23. 23. Want to learn about using Twitter in the classroom? • Watch a slideshow: tutorials-for-teachers/ • Check out 50 Twitter Tutorials for Teachers
  24. 24. Start Tweeting!