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"Why I Tweet Blog" post

Getting Started
  • Go to the Twitter home page and open and account.
  • Set up your profile.
  • Protect your Tweets.
"Successful" tweeting
  • Practice good Netiquette.
  • Offer ideas.
  • Retweet something you like.
  • Share interesting resources: To shorten urls use: Tinyurl,
  • Be an "expert" in something.
  • Respond to links posted by others.

Spam, Bots, and unwanted followers: You can easily block users. Also be aware of tweeets from ANYONE worded like, "Hey, open this!"

Building a PLN: Nothing is more discouraging than seeing that big goose egg next to your "followers." The rule of thumb is that you have to follow before you are followed. Here are a few suggestions to build your PLN:
  • Follow these people
  • Make sure your profile is complete, and you mention your location and your role.
  • Add a picture so people can identify with you.
  • Have someone you "know" introduce you by your username. (I'm jorech!)
  • When you begin following people, check to see whom they are following, and follow them.
  • On Tuesdays, go to #edchat to find educators to follow. (See "Hash tag" below)
  • Check out ICE Twitter users

Terms:
Tweet: A post on Twitter consisting of a maximum of 140 characters. I tend to avoid trite tweets; no one cares what I had for dinner.
Reply: Responding to another tweet, others can see it. Remeber this isn't a chat room.
Direct Message: A private tweet. Good place to share email, or for conversations you would prefer not to share.
Followers: People who choose to view your tweets.
Retweet: Repeating a tweet so your network sees it. Viewed as a compliment.
Hash Tag: keyword that allows you to search for ALL tweets on a topic (Even those not in your PLN)

Resources:
Tweetdeck Once you use Tweetdeck, you will never tweet without it!
Twit Pics
5 Reasons teachers Should network
Jon's Twitter Delicious page
100 Twitter Feeds
Top 100 Edutweeters
Twitter for Teachers