What Are You Doing?The What and Why of Twitter Suddenly, it seems as though all the world's a-twitter. -Newsweek Rose Tirotta Hofstra University Faculty Computing Services
How many people have heard of… How many people have used… Twitter?
Dewey • In The Child and the Curriculum, Dewey (1902) talks about the notes and a map created by an explorer: “The map is not a substitute for a personal experience” (pg. 26). • Dewey (1938) states that “every experience is a moving force” and educators must make sure this force is moving in the right direction (pg. 38).
Twitter… What Is?
Blogging • “A blog is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.” • “Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogging
What is Microblogging? • “A form of multimedia blogging that allows users to send brief text updates or micromedia such as photos or audio clips and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group.” • “These messages can be submitted by a variety of means, including text messaging, instant messaging, email, digital audio or the web.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microblog
What is Twitter? • It is “a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to post their latest updates. An update is limited by 140 characters and can be posted through three methods: web form, text message, or instant message.” • Founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams in March 2006 (launched publicly in July 2006) http://www.crunchbase.com/company/twitter
“Twitter can be a much faster way to get help from colleagues than sending an e-mail message to a list or posting a question on a blog.” With twitter you can get an answer is a few minutes, a blog post would take hours (Young, 1993, p. 2).
“They pose questions. They send links to interesting stuff they’ve found online. They pass along breaking news (Barack Obama announced his running mate on Twitter).” “…it’s also a brilliant channel for breaking news, asking questions, and attaining one step of separation from public figures you admire. No other communications channel can match its capacity for real-time, person-to-person broadcasting.” (Pogue, 2009)
Third-Party Applications for Computers, Mobile Phones, Smart Phones • No cell numbers necessary for all third-party applications http://twitter.com/goodies
Twitter… Who Is?
Interesting Facts • In October of 2007, KPBS, San Diego's public television station, used Twitter to update its audience about the California wildfires after its website went down (Glaser, 2007). • On April 10, 2008, a student used Twitter to get himself out of an Egyptian jail (Simon, 2008). • During the 2008 Presidential Elections, both Presidential Candidates, Barack Obama (http://twitter.com/BarackObama) and John McCain (http://twitter.com/johnmccain) used Twitter in their campaigns.
Interesting Facts • “Twitter had planned to go down for 90 minutes Monday for maintenance, but rescheduled it citing "the role Twitter is currently playing as an important communication tool in Iran," according to a notice posted on its Web site. The maintenance will instead happen a day later, when it is 1:30 a.m. in Iran.” (CBS News, 2009)
Twitter… How Do You?
Post updates Information Tweets
The Basics • Tweets – message posted in Twitter • Follow – subscribe to a user’s posts • Unfollow – unsubscribe to a user’s posts
Hash Tag • Add # to add metadata to your post
Retweet (RT) • Copy and paste message and include RT and person you got it from - message can spread widely and quickly
Direct Message (@) • Can send one person a direct message • “Cite” a RT
RSS • The technical acronym for RSS is “Really Simple Syndication”, an XML format that was created to syndicate news, and be a means to share content on the web. • To make RSS much easier to understand, in Oprah speak, RSS stands for: I’m “Ready for Some Stories”. It is a way online for you to get a quick list of the latest story headlines from all your favorite websites and blogs all in one place. How cool is that? http://www.backinskinnyjeans.com/2006/09/how_to_explain_.html
Why Twitter? • Free • Easy • Connect with others quickly • Get out a message to a number of people quickly • Do not have to share cell phone number
Why Twitter? • Ideas • Connections and social bonds • Viral marketing • Weak Ties • Ask and answer questions • Share resources • Share tips and announcements • Follow the news
Ideas: Professional • Research using Twitter – instead of Googling the question, Twitter it • Search for a phrase/word • Use during conferences • Questions/Answers • Follow! • Network/Add to your network • Connect with experts in the field
Who Can I Follow? Professionally • Teacher Survival • http://twitter.com/TeacherSurvival • US DOE • http://twitter.com/usedgov • ASCD • http://twitter.com/ascd • School Library Journal • http://twitter.com/sljournal
Ideas: In the Classroom • Follow! • Research using Twitter – instead of Googling the question, Twitter it • Search for a phrase/word • Twitter events, homework, updates • Virtual study groups • Connect with experts in the field • Live tweet during class • Discussions throughout the week using a # tag • Librarians, other groups can use to answer reference questions, post events, new books, etc • Questions/Answers – students, other teachers • Interactive reading response journal
Who Can I Follow?Educationally • Red Cross • http://twitter.com/RedCross • NASA • http://twitter.com/NASA • KidderLit • http://www.kidderlit.com • http://twitter.com/KidderLit • Twitterlit • http://www.twitterlit.com • http://twitter.com/TwitterLit • Twrivia • http://twitter.com/Twrivia • Twitter Poetry • http://twitter.com/TwitterPoetry • Tweet Congress • http://tweetcongress.org/ • Authors • http://mashable.com/2009/05/08/twitter-authors/ • http://twitter.com/susanwrites • BarackObama • http://twitter.com/BarackObama
Tweeting A Little Differently • Historical Tweets • http://historicaltweets.com/ • http://twitter.com/historicaltweet • http://twitter.com/FoundingFather • Literary Tweets • http://twitter.com/halfPintIngalls • http://twitter.com/thecatcher • Writing Stories • http://twittories.wikispaces.com/ • http://manyvoices.wikispaces.com/ • http://twitter.com/manyvoices
Searching Twitter http://search.twitter.com/
Searching Tweets http://topsy.com/
Twitter Resources • Twitpic • http://twitpic.com/ • URL Shorteners • http://bit.ly • http://tinyurl.com • Group Tweet • http://www.grouptweet.com/
Tweducation? • Edmodo • http://www.edmodo.com/