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We are going to spend this lesson looking at different ways you can use Twitter and Twitter tools

What is Twitter?

YouTube Video

Here is a video which explains what Twitter is:-

YouTube Video

The history of Twitter:-

News Stories:-

Question - Is this good customer service or spying?

News - what is the impact of Twitter ( if any )?

Remember the #getmehome hashtag for people stranded by the Ash Cloud


Problems - how do you make sure you are safe and sensible on Twitter? What rules would you have?

Who is on Twitter?

Creating your own account

Tips from this blog post:-

Here’s tips for signing up for your Twitter account:

  1. Go to Twitter and create your account.
  2. Remember first impressions count!  Choose your username and an avatar carefully
  3. Choose a username that makes it easier for others to relate to you as a real person and conveys the right impression of who you are. e.g. Compare spwat3 with suewaters — which is easier?
  4. But don’t stress too much — your username can be changed anytime without affecting your twitter account  (Settings > Account)

Before you start following other people make sure you:

  1. Complete your bio and add your blog URL (if applicable) — people use this information to decide whether they follow you (Settings > Profile).
  2. Upload your twitter avatar — people are less likely follow those using the default avatar (Settings > Profile)
  3. Don’t start following people on twitter until you’ve published some tweets! Why would anyone follow you if you haven’t even bothered to update?

Tips for engaging in the conversation:

Twitter is very similar to a face to face conversation.  A mixture of small talk, relationship building, helping others, getting help and sharing.

  1. Be patient it takes time to build your network.
  2. Use it everyday for two weeks, even if only for 5 minutes per day.
  3. Remember twitter is a two way conversation — you need to answer as much as you ask but most importantly share, share, share.
  4. Participate and say something, anything
  5. Get involved in the conversation. Don’t be afraid to reply and if you don’t get a response back, don’t be offended. It happens — you’ll soon see those that do/don’t engage in conversations
  6. Learn the twitter language and how to use it well i.e. @, DM, #, hashtags, RT — here’s information that will help.
  7. Use a twitter client where possible and not the web interface
  8. Avoid using up all 140 characters as it makes Retweeting harder
  9. Remember online is forever. If you didn’t want it online don’t say it in the first place.
  10. It’s extremely easy for others to misinterpret your written text. Remember this!
  11. Think about how what you say reflects on how people visualise you.

Historical Tweets?

Have a look at this site:-

Come up with your own historical tweet - use the #9Psbl hashtag to share with the rest of the group

Twitter Tools:-

Who is following you? 

Try your own twitter ID or:-



What are your followers interested in?

Where are people talking?

What are people talking about?

Try typing in some current topics e.g. World Cup


These allow you to filter for a subject you are interested in. e.g.



Prezi is a more interesting way to prepare presentations:-

Create a Prezi presentation to explain what you think of Twitter and what you need to do to stay safe. There is a helpsheet attached to help you.

Donna Hay,
Jul 8, 2010, 4:01 PM