TWITTER NOTES & TIPS
Last revised 9/12/13
Complete Guide to HASHTAGS
Hashtags # # #
Twitter consists of millions of people who write these 140 character sentences. If I want to search the Twitter world to see if anyone has written about a certain special designated topic such as the Vote on Syria, I cannot just type "Vote on Syria" into the search box since I will get all sort of random tweets that contain the word "Vote" or the word "Syria" but not specifically the people who want to comment on the Congressional vote on Syria. So someone proposed that we use #SyriaVote for all those twitter users who want to comment on this topic. Below are some real examples. So all the # means is that someone has proposed that hashtag phrase for common usage. You could do the same with #StFrancisHouston for example and then all sorts of parents and teachers could write tweets using #StFrancisHouston and then anyone could search the twitter world for #StFrancisHouston to see what has been posted lately. Nothing explains this better than the example of Jimmy Fallon on late night TV show telling all his viewers to send tweets using #FunnyThingsMyDadDoes so that the next night he can read some aloud. This way hundreds of viewers on their own twitter pages can write short tweets about their Dads and Jimmy can read several aloud by searching the Twitter World for #FunnyThingsMyDadDoes. Steve
p.s. the reason we call # a hash tag is because in England they have a pound sign for currency so that is why the twitter people decided not to call # a pound sign which is what I called # when I was growing up!
Some hashtags to try --
When you create your account, if you are not comfortable with a user name such as JaneDoe or JaneD using your
own name so that we know who you are. Please use Summercore for your first name and your marathon number as your last name
... for example, click
here to see how one person signed up. Then you need to go to www.twitter.com/summercore in order to FOLLOW SUMMERCORE.
Then you need to send a tweet that includes "Hash Tag Summercore" i.e. #summercore within the text.
Click here to see a sample. Once you find the TWITTER NAMES of the other Summercore marathoners, then you need to follow each of
them. So if someone has a twitter name of summercore1999 then you need to go to twitter.com/summercore1999 and choose to follow!
The website of wefollow.com is one of many famous places to find people you might want to follow. Depending on your
level of comfort and skill with twitter, we may suggest you type in #followfriday or #edchat into twitter and explore what you find. Additionally,
by going to bitly.com or tinyurl.com we would like you to see how to shorten a URL for potential use
in Twitter or elsewhere.
Click here for more Twitter notes.
- Twitter provides some of us with the easiest possible way to have public info on a Web page that is
either open to everyone or open to just those who have been approved
- Twitter helps with the 3 Rs of research, review and relationship
- When you type a note of 140 bytes or fewer in the box and click UPDATE, it will appear simultaneously on the HOME page
of all of those who follow you; other people who don't follow you can see this update if they
choose proactively to go to your TWITTER PAGE (assuming you do not choose to keep your account private)
- It is not easy to find the TWITTER NAMES of other people. It is generally best
if someone "tells you" or "emails
you" her/his twitter name.
- If the TWITTER NAME is Alice, then after you login to your Twitter
account, you can
go to www.twitter.com/Alice and can choose to FOLLOW if desired or just read what is
on his or her page (unless the person has protected his/her page)
- For example, someone named Alan can protect his updates
so you see nothing when you go to
unless you are following him.
- To create a community amongst 26 people, each person MUST choose to follow the other 25 people.
The Power of 140
- Trying to write meaningful, quality sentences in 140 characters or less
is a nice intellectual challenge. (105 characters)
- Learning to write concise sentences is a skill. (47 characters)
- Using Twitter to collect useful Web sites and share ideas and
knowledge to enhance the learning experience in a class. (119 characters)
- Having students record homework reactions on their twitter accounts
leaves a useful powerful audit trail of their work with exact dates, times and thoughts. (133 characters)
- Having students take notes on Twitter during class can be effective in many ways:
reviewing at the end of class and providing an easy way after
class to recall key info. (139 characters)
Twitter Tidbits and Useful Links
- To easily find and follow the most popular Twitter users in a number of categories,
go to wefollow.com
- Other Twitter directories include twellow.com or
- Click here for 100 Serious Twitter Tips for Academics
- Click here for
K-3 Teachers Guide to
- There is a SEARCH BUTTON at the botton of the main Twitter page. You can type location:cityname with a city of your choice
- If you type "D " followed by the person's Twitter name (e.g. D LarryBird) in the
message at the beginning then the TWEET is a Direct Message
and goes to that
ONE person only, no one else. Don't forget the space after the "D" before the Twitter name. You can send Direct Messages just
to your followers; you cannot direct message a person who does not follow you.
- RT means "Re-Tweet." This can be helpful when you want to share another Twitter users post by citing that user as the original author while sharing this post with your followers.
- Tweets starting with @username are replies, and tweets with @username
elsewhere are considered mentions (this comes from the Twitter help page) ... click
to clarify some of the confusion that exists regarding the @ symbol; most people agree that
If you include @Alice in your tweet, it
will go to all of your followers and Alice as well whether or not she follows you
- The # symbol is called a "hashtag" ... by including #summercore or #iran or #boston you provide
a better way for people to search. Click here for a Web site of twitter hashtags
- Twitter tips? Click here
- 25 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom ... click here
- How Twitter was Started ...
click here for the full story ... here is an excerpt
The first version of @Jack's idea was entirely web-based.
It was created on March 21st, 2006.
@Jack was still just an engineer, and the service was only a few months old
when the group acquired Twitter.com and re-branded. Back then, we had no
character limit on our system. Messages longer than 160 characters
(the common SMS carrier limit) were split into multiple texts and delivered
(somewhat) sequentially. There were other bugs, and a mounting SMS bill.
The team decided to place a limit on the number of characters that would go out
via SMS for each post. They settled on 140, in order to leave room for the
username and the colon in front of the message. In February of 2007 @Jack wrote
something which inspired me to get started on this project:
"One could change the world with one hundred and forty characters."
- posted on ISED March 2010 ...On Twitter, look for the hashtags #ff or #followfriday for suggestions on who to follow
Another is #TeacherTuesday ...
A great list to start with is here: http://tweepml.org/EdTech-Links/ ...
Check out the wiki: http://twitter4teachers.pbworks.com/
You can find educators in all categories there to follow - add yourself too!
Technology Integration specialist
dimicelli AT hampsteadacademy.org