Twitter? I just don’t get it!


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Twitter? I just don’t get it!

  1. 1. I just don’t get it!<br />Jacqui Sharp 2010<br />@sharpjacqui<br />A guide for teachers who would like to create a Professional Learning Network (PLN)<br />
  2. 2. I just don’t get it!<br />What is Twitter?<br />
  3. 3. How can I use it Professionally?<br />
  4. 4. Why would I want to use it?<br />
  5. 5. Checklist for starting<br />Sign up (User name and password)<br />Confirm your account<br />Change timezone, add web info<br />Type in Bio<br /> Add location<br />Create Avatar/Picture<br />Write first post<br />Search for people to follow<br />
  6. 6. How do I begin?<br />Go to<br />Click on Sign up now<br />Type in your full name<br />Choose a Username<br />Type in a strong password<br />Type in email address<br />Type the words you see and then click on Create my account<br />Thisis your twitter online identity from now on. Choose a name you want to be remembered by (it is ok to use your real name!)<br />
  7. 7. Next stages<br />If you are setting up a Professional Network<br />Ignore Step one (suggestions) and click on Next step<br />Ignore Step twoand click on Next Step<br />Ignore Step three (it is better to do this later once you have filled out your profile information) Click Next Step<br />Unless you have a Gmail or Yahoo account with addresses of contacts that might be on Twitter<br />
  8. 8. Confirm your account<br />
  9. 9. One line bio<br />I am a teacher…<br />Interested in<br />Science<br />Maths <br />ICT (technology)<br />education<br />Work in small/large school<br />Teach level …<br />
  10. 10. Settings<br />Add your location (city name)<br />If you enable geotagging it will show geographical info of where you are ‘tweeting’ from<br />If you protect your tweets, nobody (except followers) will see what you are saying<br />If they can see what you are saying they are more likely to follow you<br />Click Save<br />
  11. 11. Get tweets sent to your phone<br />Choose which user’s tweets you want sent to your phone<br />Have direct messages sent as a text<br />Send tweets using text messaging<br />Other options<br />
  12. 12. Notices <br />You can choose whether you want emails when you have<br /> New followers<br />Direct messages<br />Email updates from Twitter<br />These are selected by default, so click in the tick boxes to turn them off<br />Other options<br />These are useful!<br />
  13. 13. Your Avatar<br />Once you have created your avatar, click on the Browse button under the Picture tab, navigate to where the picture is saved, click Ok and then click Save<br />
  14. 14. Personalise your page<br />Select a theme for your Twitter page<br />Or click on Change background image and click browse to find a photo that you would like to use<br />Click on Tile background if youwould like the picture to appearas tiles<br />Click on Change Design colours to change colours<br />Click Save<br />Or go to for more background choices <br />
  15. 15. Now it is time to post your first tweet…<br />Wherever possible type in ‘proper’ English (if you run out then you can substitute words for numbers or some shortened form of text)<br />Twitter will automatically shorten your website links<br />
  16. 16. Now go search for people to follow<br />Method One<br />
  17. 17. Now go search for people to follow<br />Method Two<br />
  18. 18. Now go search for people to follow<br />Method Three<br />
  19. 19. Now go search for people to follow<br />Method Four<br />
  20. 20. How do you get followed?<br />
  21. 21. Twitter Netiquette <br />Do<br />Don’t<br />
  22. 22. Twitter Jargon<br />Tweet<br />RT<br />DM or D<br />Reply<br />Post<br />Retweet (repeat what someone else has said)<br />Direct message (private message between you and one other)<br />Reply to a tweet that you find interesting<br />
  23. 23. How to <br />Reply <br />Retweet (RT)<br />Place your mouse over the tweet and Reply and Retweet will be highlighted<br />Click on Reply<br />The persons twitter name will appear in the What’s happening box<br />Type a reply and press Enter <br />Place your mouse over the tweet and Reply and Retweet will be highlighted<br />Click on Retweet<br />Click Yes<br />
  24. 24. How to<br />Direct Message<br />Click on the cog symbol<br />To send a DM, hover over the name of the recipient<br />Click on Direct message ***<br />Type in message and click send<br />
  25. 25.<br />Shows all your tweets and the people who you follow on one page<br />BUT you can’t see your Mentions, or DMs unless you look for them<br />That is why Twitter Clients are useful…<br />
  26. 26. Twitter Clients<br />Ways to manage your followers and tweets<br />Tweetdeck – view your tweets, mentions and Direct Messages in one window<br />Tweetie<br />
  27. 27. More Twitter Clients<br />Twitter feed<br />Seesmic<br />Echofon<br />
  28. 28. Last words - Spamming<br />If someone DMs you with a link (even if you know them, don’t click on it, DM them back and ask if it is a legitimate link<br />If you do click on a link, it will send the same message out to all of your followers as a DM<br />If that happens…<br />Sometimes peoples accounts get caught by Spammers. How can you prevent this?<br />
  29. 29. If that happens…<br />go to your ‘twitter page ‘’<br />Click on Settings<br />Click on Connections<br />Check the applicationslist, if there is something there thatyou haven’t allowedthen click Revoke Access<br />Then go and change your Password!<br />
  30. 30. Twitter is a fantastic PLN tool<br />Use it wisely and prudently<br />