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?
Tweet: n. a post on Twitter that is 140 characters or less; 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.
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.
Where to start?
How can I use it professionally?
How can I use it as a tool for instruction?
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.
http://twitter4teachers.pbworks.com/ - A list of Twitterers who are educators
Uses in the Classroom:
http://twittervision.com/ - A real time geographic visualization of posts to Twitter.
http://twtpoll.com/ - Ask a question, graph the response.
http://www.grouptweet.com/- Tweet just within a group
http://tinyurl.com/ - URL shortening service
Twitter Tools for Sharing Media
http://twitpic.com/ - share photos on Twitter
http://twitlens.com/- add photos/videos
Twhirl - Desktop client
TweetDeck - Desktop client
Twitterfon - iPhone or iTouch client
TwitterBerry - Blackberry client
Tweetie - iPhone or iTouch client
Twitterific - iPhone or iTouch client
http://ccselementarywebtools.pbworks.com/Twitter- Resources from Tim and Joyce
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