What is Twitter? Why use Twitter? * Share quick, short bursts of information to your followers (and the Twitterverse)
* "Ambient Awareness"
* Take notes alone or collaboratively at events or classes
* Participate in conferences by adding a conference hash tag (eg. #fdw2010)
* Use as a real time formative feedback/engagement tool in class, much as one might use a personal response system (clicker)
* Use as an advance organizer before an event or class
* Keep the conversation going after the event or class ends
* 140 character limited microblogging
o Tweet (to make a post)
o Twitterverse (the whole of Twitter)
o Tweeple (people who Tweet)
o Follow (to subscribe to someone's Twitter account)
o Retweet (to copy a Tweet to your own followers)
* "Less gated" communication
* Can use # (hash tag) to help group Tweets Why NOT use Twitter? * The Twitterverse contains content from people all over the world. Uh oh....
* "The Backchannel Blues", or Beware the Trolls
* Twitter is meant to be used as a "right around now" tool, not a six months later tool.
* Twitter is not suited for the creation of more thoughtful and reflective writing, though entire novels have been written and published via the Twitterverse. Example:
Hearts, Keys, and Puppetry
Neil Gaiman, The Twitterverse
Other Backchannels Specific to the classroom Direct Tweet.
Collaborate on projects. http://tweetworks.com/pages/about
Take a poll. Ask student their opinions or get feedback on future projects or topics by using an app like Polldaddy or SurveyMonkey.
Share interesting websites.
Blogs Google Wave Wikis BuzzSee the full transcript