The wonderful world of Twitter

July 22, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Education | 4 Comments
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What is Twitter?

You’ve heard of blogging? Twitter is microblogging. It’s like a blog, but you’re limited to 140 characters to say your piece. This is less than a txt on a cell phone! It’s a way to let people know what you’re doing, or what is happening. It’s like Facebook but with only the status updates!

How does it work?

A user posts tweets which his followers can read. On the users homepage they can read the tweets that the people they are following have written.

Why Tweet?

It’s a good way to let people know what you’re doing. It’s also a good way to catch up on what your friends (or others) are doing. You can follow news sources such as BBC or Time Magazine, even NZ news is available! I use Twitter to find out more about ICT and education!

Tips for Tweeters

1. Post something relevant and regularly. Once a month is not regularly. You probably will want to tweet at least once a week, probably every couple of days. Some tweeters tweet several times a day.

2. It may be a good idea to tweet about a certain topic (eg. I have recently started tweeting and this is mostly about teaching and ICT).

3. Choose who you follow carefully. The tweets for everyone you follow will come up on your homepage when you login. You may not want to read through 5000 tweets!

4. You don’t have to allow everyone access. There are privacy settings available.

5. There are heaps of applications for your browser to do with twitter. Just search for them!

6. Have fun – and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter if you enjoy the blog!

http://twitter.com/ http://twitter.com/nlouwrens/

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  1. An excellent teaching resource, Nathaniel. Have you seen the article on Twitter in Time magazine, 15 June 2009? I was fascinated by its application in an educational conference.

    • Hi Malcolm.
      Thanks for your comment. No I haven’t seen the article, but will look for it.

      Nathaniel

  2. Hi , I found this blog very interesting as I have only just entered the world of tweeting-mainly because I have just started my very own website for teachers- http://www.teacherslounge.co.nz. This has been quite a mission but as teachers we have to make our millions somewhere! 🙂 How have you found the twittering community? It is kind-of an odd concept to me but it seems to be working! I really enjoyed your blog about free computing-how is it going?

    • Hi, thanks for your comment.
      The twittering community has been interesting. The biggest thing I’ve found is that I have to choose who I follow very carefully so that I’m not inundated with mundane tweets. I don’t want to use twitter to hear that someone is having a cup of coffee! I like to use it for finding out about things that interest me, or will be of use to me. It’s great for me because I don’t like reading long blog posts (although I probably will end up writing a few).
      The free computing has been a slow journey for me. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, I wanted to download some more software and I ran out of bandwidth! Back on now though! Secondly, it is easier for me to sit down at my “normal” computer and use all the programs I know. I’ve been meaning to stop for a week or two at home and only use the “free computing” option. I like the concept of cheap/free computing, but it really is very easy to fall back into old routines.


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