Introduction to Twitter
Twitter is a Social media service that allows users to post short 140 character messages called ‘tweets’. Started in 2006, Twitter has hugely grown in popularity, with over 500 million users.
Twitter is used by world leaders, sporting stars and industry experts.
“A Tweet is an expression of a moment or idea. It can contain text, photos, and videos. Millions of Tweets are shared in real time, every day.” – Twitter
The @ sign is used to call out usernames in Tweets: “Hello @twitter!” People will use your @username to mention you in Tweets, send you a message or link to your profile.
- Your bio is a short (up to 160 characters) personal description that appears in your profile that serves to characterize your persona on Twitter.
- A username is how you’re identified on Twitter, and is always preceded immediately by the @ symbol. For instance, Katy Perry is @katyperry.
- A hashtag is 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.
- A Tweet that you forward to your followers is known as a Retweet. Often used to pass along news or other valuable discoveries on Twitter, Retweets always retain original attribution.
- Direct Messages are private messages sent from one Twitter user to another Twitter users. You can use Direct Messages for one-on-one private conversations, or between groups of users.
Check out The Twitter Glossary at https://support.twitter.com/
How to sign up?
Go to www.twitter.com and sign up for an account using your email address.
Give yourself a username and profile picture, users are also encouraged to write a short bio about themselves.
How can it help?
Twitter helps students further explore a topic inside and outside of the classroom. Teachers can set up #hashtags which can facilitate conversation.
Students are revising for their forthcoming exams; the teacher posts short answer questions on twitter under a unique hashtag, specific to the class. Students respond to the tweets with their answers, or questions about the topic. This can be completed outside of the classroom at a convenient time for the teacher and students.
Students could be encouraged to post their own questions for other students to answer.
What is the impact?
Students have a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips, outside of just using books or google. They can engage with the topic in an environment that they feel confident using.