Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called Tweets. It could be defined as a crossover between microblogging, instant messaging and social networking.
Many tweets answer the question of what the user is doing, others are responses to other tweets, pointers to online resources that the user found interesting, musings, or questions.
Similar to social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter lets users collectively establish numerous and interconnected networks of users.
A tweet may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text.
The act of sending a Tweet. Tweets get shown in Twitter timelines or are embedded in websites and blogs.
The act of sharing another user’s Tweet to all of your followers by clicking on the Retweet button
Subscribing to a Twitter account is called “following.” To start following, click the Follow button next to the user name or on their profile page to see their Tweets as soon as they post something new. Someone who follows you is a follower.
Any word or phrase immediately preceded by the # symbol. When you click on a hashtag, you’ll see other Tweets containing the same keyword or topic.
Twitter in Education?
Sharing: resources for students, updates on projects and research,
Connecting: with other researchers, similar departments in other institutions, influential people in your field of expertise
Promoting: important events, conferences, blog posts, websites, live meetings/discussions
Attending virtual conferences and events: by following threads or adding your views using the event’s hashtag
“Twitter can provide a simple way for attendees at a conference to share thoughts about particular sessions and activities with others at the event and those unable to attend”
“In the same way that clickers facilitate active learning, Twitter, too, could be used in an academic setting to foster interaction about a given topic” EDUCAUSE
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