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Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?
Tweeters share updates or thoughts in 140 characters or less.

Twitter Vocabulary:

Tweet: n. a post on Twitter that is 140 characters or less; v. to post onto Twitter

Twitter: n. the microblogging site; v. to post onto Twitter

Follow: to track the tweets of someone on Twitter

Follower: Someone that is interested in your tweets and is tracking your tweets

@: The commercial at symbol is used to identify the user name of someone on Twitter or to make a public reply, i.e. I am know as @kyates on Twitter.  The "@" is also used to send a Tweet intended for a specific person.  Whenever you use "@" in front of someone's user name that tweet will show up in their account, even if they do not follow you.

#: Hashtags were designed to accommodate the real-time news community.  They are a community-driven convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets. They're like tags on Flickr, only added inline to your post. You create a hashtag simply by prefixing a word with a hash symbol: #hashtag.  Using a hashtag is a way to help keep twitter organized for your personal tweets, class tweets, or to organize the entire conversation on twitter.  It turns that phrase into a link to search for that topic.  For example searching for #edtech will yield a list of tweets that people have tagged with that. It also helps to categorize your own tweets. more info about using hashtags

Reply: If you want to comment about someone's tweet or send a public message to them.  You use @username and then post your comment.  The person's handle will use part of your 140 character limit

Direct Message: Think of it as e-mail over Twitter.  If you want to send a private message to someone, send a direct message/reply. 

RT: Short for Re-tweet.  This of it as avoiding plagiarism on Twitter, and giving credit where it is due.  If someone tweets something that you want to share, you put "RT @username" followed by their original tweet.  The website and clients make this an easy thing to do.

TwitPic: A third party website that allows you to add pictures to your tweets.

Visit this Twitter Dictionary for more definitions

Where to start?

Tutorial:  Mastering Twitter in 10 Minutes . . . Or Less


How can I use it professionally?

100 Tips, Apps, and Resources for Teachers on Twitter

100 More Resources for Teachers


How can I use it as a tool for instruction?

50 Ideas on Using Twitter for Education

21 Interesting Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom 

25 Ways to Teach with Twitter

Look for Museums that Use Twitter- Like this example from the Smithsonian Museums

Ideas for Using Twitter in the Classroom


Who should I follow?

Look for users that have common interests as you.  Use one of the lists below to find users to follow.  Always look at their recent posts to see if they are of interest or educational value to you. - A list of Twitterers who are educators - Another list - Who to follow? A list of educators to follow

Uses in the Classroom:

Twitter Tools - Search tweets, follow trends. - A real time geographic visualization of posts to Twitter. - Find people who tweet near you. - Twitter search (rivals Google) - What's abuzz in Twitter. - Ask a question, graph the response. - Twitter Venn Tweet just within a group - URL shortening service

More URL shortening services

Mac Only Tools


Twitter Tools for Sharing Media - share photos on Twitter add photos/videos

Twitter Apps/Clients

Twhirl  - Desktop client

TweetDeck - Desktop client

Twitterfon - iPhone or iTouch client

TwitterBerry - Blackberry client

Tweetie - iPhone or iTouch client

Twitterific - iPhone or iTouch client

Many, many more! 


Twitter Resources - A wiki for teachers Twitter Icons to download Joyce's twitter favorites organized on Delicious A list of twitter tutorials and more from Mashable. More resources from Tim and Joyce

CCS Schools Currently Using Twitter

Winecoff Elementary @winecoffelem

Pitts Elementary @psresprincipal

Irvin Elementary  @irvinelem

Wolf Meadow Elementary @WolfMeadowElem

Northwest Middle @NCMSTitans

JN Fries MS @JNFries

Cox Mill HS @CoxMillHS

Hickory Ridge HS @hickoryridgehs

Jay M Robinson HS @JMRHS

Northwest Cabarrus HS @NWHigh