Social Media & Education: Twitter for Teaching

After already talking about the biggest of all social networks, facebook, and its potential for teaching purposes and the article on how to use a self hosted website for educational matters, it is now time to focus on another big player in the social media hemisphere. Twitter.

For those of you who don’t know Twitter

Twitter is a short messaging service which actually plays a big role in social media marketing, branding and entertainment. The biggest user group is, right now, therefore not the typical 16-25 peer group but older users with more experience. However more and more students are getting into it and warming up with the short and quick way of sharing interests and news.

Twitter allows you to send messages up to 140 characters through the web. You can either publish those messages publicly on your profile (e.g. twitter.com/nomadteacher1)

twitter profile with publicly visible tweets (messages)

twitter profile with publicly visible tweets (messages)

or you can address those messages directly to a specific user while adding his username in front of a message (e.g. @sayfun check out this cool blog post about how to use twitter for teaching on nomadteacher.org).

addressing a message on twitter directly

addressing a message on twitter directly - still publicly visible. you can also add URLs and tags to identify the topic of the message

Furthermore you can send private messages as well. Those messages can only be seen by you (the sender) and the person you addressed it to. Besides those features it is also possible (and recommended) to use twitter not only via the web interface (which is kinda boring) but also via different applications which make the whole thing more fun. Twitter is ideal for communication on the run and there are several great applications for all kinds of mobile devices (no matter if Android, iPhone, BB or Nokia).

Moreover you can not only share text messages or links, you can even share pictures and videos attached to your messages. If you want, you can even search twitter for different areas of interest or single tag words. All of this makes twitter and its partners even more interesting.

search function on twitter - searching keywords, videos, pictures, etc

search function on twitter - searching keywords, videos, pictures, etc

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