Setting up a Twitter account

  1. Go to
  2. New to Twitter? Type your name, email and choose a password
  3. On the next screen, choose a username that will be your Twitter identity ex. @amyshort2
  4. You are signed up! Now it is time to create your profile and start connecting. Your profile is how followers see who you are and decide whether or not to follow you. Your profile should contain a photo, avatar or picture and basic information about you.

Twitter Basics
Tweet – individual post or message on Twitter – 140 characters or less
Retweet (RT) – a tweet that is repeated by another user
Modified Tweet (MT) – a retweet with edits
Favorite – Marking a tweet as important or saving it to access later
DM – Direct Message; can only DM someone who follows you
Following – This person’s tweets will appear in your timeline or stream
Followers – These people will see your tweets
#Hashtag – finds or follows topics on Twitter
@ indicates a person’s identity on Twitter (their Twitter “handle”)

Twitter Basics at a Glance
Helping Educators Get Started with Twitter
How to Decode a Tweet

Finding people to follow
Find people to follow by connecting with others using the #bpspln or other hashtag of interest, looking at the list of people they are following (click on account name and following), or use these suggestions:
@NMHS_principal (Eric Sheninger)
Education: 139 Great Twitter Accounts

Educational Hashtags and Twitter chats
There are many hashtags set up for educational groups.  Some suggestions:
#MSLA – MSLA Twitter Chat schedule

Popular Education Topics on Twitter
Cybrary Man’s List of Education Hashtags

Twitter chats
Anyone can join these online real time discussions. Group discussion is around a topic and is defined by hashtag. That hashtag appears in all tweets that are part of the discussion.
Find Twitter chats
Richard Byrne’s Educational Twitter Chats Calendar
How to Participate in a Twitter Chat
Weekly Twitter Chats
13 Great Twitter Chats Every Educator Should Check Out

Twitter Etiquette
Fill out your profile – have a bio and don’t be an egghead
Use a short username
Tweet less than 140 characters; try to keep around 120 to leave room for RTing
Use hashtags appropriately
Engage with others
Give others credit for their information/tweets
Do not be negative
Add value to the conversation

Heidi Cohen’s Twitter Etiquette

Know Your Twitter Etiquette: 6 Guidelines for Hassle-free Tweeting

Twitter Clients and Tools
Tweetdeck (follow multiple saved searches)
Storify (collect, archive and share tweets)
Mobile Apps (Twitter app for phone, iPad)
Diigo (integrates well with Twitter) or (to shorten URL’s) – Twitter now automatically shortens URL’s

Twitter Resources

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
25 Twitter Tips for Students, Parents and Teachers
60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom

Other Twitter Resources


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