Twitter

Twitter is not about telling your friends what you had for breakfast. You can, but there is so much more.

It is about creating a knowledge net 140 characters at a time.

Twitter is a free microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based only and cannot exceed 140 characters. Log on to www.twitter.com to register.

I find that participating in Twitter conversations while attending virtual conferences is a great thing.  Speakers are wise to tap into what folks are twittering about–the Backchannel.

I meet folks that are also attending. We strike up conversations, and become friends after the conference.

I don’t tweet alot; maybe once or twice a day, unless an event is going on which begs for more tweeting.

I love reading the tweets of the folks that I follow, and do learn things before I get emails from other sources.

Beginner:

Learning more about Twitter:

Advanced:

Twitter search strategies

Using Twitter in the classroom

Special thanks to Garrett Eastman at Harvard, Joe Kraus at University of Denver, Linden A. Mueller, Sarah Austin and Heather Braum.

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About effervescentlibrarian

UX Librarian at Rice University, Houston, Texas.
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One Response to Twitter

  1. xgravity23 says:

    Hi! Thanks for linking to our ebook! You give some great reasons for using Twitter here. I haven’t been to many conferences, but I’ve loved tweeting them. As a college instructor, I’m interested in how I can leverage the backchannel to raise interest in class (and I teach writing, a subject which requires as much interest-raising as possible!).

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