Twitter Tutorial


Twitter is not required for this class, but I highly encourage you to use it. As @betajames expressed to his students

…Twitter is sort of a new kind of writing. Perhaps Twitter can help us learn better clarity and concision. Furthermore, employers in a variety of fields and industries are interested in hiring employees who are social-media savvy. Knowing how to use Twitter could even help you get a job. I’m also curious, though, to see if using Twitter changes the culture or society of the class in any appreciable way.

First, what is Twitter?

How has Twitter evolved?

Now, let’s get started

Check out the official Twitter 101: How should I get started using Twitter? guide, which also includes a handy glossary of common terms.

In the guide, be sure to pay close attention to the concepts of following, mentioning, and hashtags.

In this class, you can follow and mention @stem110t and use the hashtag #stem110t to add to your own tweets those that relate to our class topics. We’ll use — and you can create — other hashtags this semester.

Ways to use Twitter

Twitter is a great way to stay connected with each other and your instructor. I’m on Twitter and check it often. Although not an official form of communication, it’s a quick and easy way to ask a question, make a comment, and participate both during class (you can tweet so long as it’s related and includes the hashtag #stem110t) and outside of class. Twitter is a valuable tool for you to know how to use as a student and for when you graduate (see here, here, and here). To learn more about how Twitter is being used in teaching, check out this article, 5 Unique Uses of Twitter in the Classroom. Or, check out this video:

You should [adapted from  @betajames and @briancroxall – source]

  • Create a profile. In your username or bio (or both), use your real name (e.g., my username is “stem110t” but I have “Technology and Your World” in the bio section). Don’t forget to upload a picture!
  • Make your profile public. If you already have a Twitter account that is private and would prefer to keep it that way, create a new account for this class. (If your profile is private, classmates cannot search for you and your course-related tweets won’t appear in the archive I set up.)
  • Find and follow all members of our class (students and professor). (see the Following section of the stem110t Twitter account.)
  • Search for and follow some other interesting people – one way is to use Twitter’s Suggestions).
  • Although not required for class, it’s good to get into the habit anyway. There are lots of ways to do so. Try tweeting at least once a weekday about something meaningful and interesting. Or retweet something, or mention someone in a tweet. When posting about our class, please use the course hashtag #stem110t. This will allow us to better track one another’s tweets.
  • Consider connecting your cellphone or smartphone to Twitter to get real-time updates. Having phone updates is not required for this assignment, but it could be helpful. Regular text messaging fees do apply.
  • Get into the habit of checking Twitter at least once a day. (Don’t worry about keeping up, though. Just see what’s happening when you check in. Think of Twitter as a river of information. Dive in and you might get swept away; stick in a toe, or even a whole foot, and you should be fine.)
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