Dixie Darr

Using Twitter as a Learning Tool or Give Tweets a Chance

In Uncategorized on January 3, 2011 at 8:06 am

No, I don’t mean learning what kind of underwear your favorite celebrity wears, although if that’s your pleasure, go for it. It doesn’t matter what you are interested in learning more about, Twitter can be a valuable tool for finding and sharing information.
First, you sign up for an account and choose whom you wish to “follow” on Twitter—that means you can see whatever they tweet. Most of the people I follow are those who have online businesses in creative fields and those whose blogs I enjoy reading.
Use the search function to find and follow people who are interested in your chosen topic. They will post links to articles, videos, podcasts, blog posts, etc. on that topic. Post your own links and either retweet or reply to their tweets and become part of the community.
Keeping your messages to the allowed 140 characters can improve your writing skills—forcing you to be succinct. Whenever possible, avoid those annoying and unprofessional text messaging abbreviations.
Ask questions. the more friends you have, the more answers you will receive.
Expect serendipity. You will undoubtedly find information you were not looking for and didn’t know you were interested in. I found this very useful link about 13 Little Known Google Search Functions on a Twitter post.
The popular social networking site also provides some needed silly breaks as people tweet about their cat’s weird behavior or their child’s off- the-wall comments. You don’t always have to be so serious.
Here’s a great article on 50 Ways to use Twitter in the College Classroom. Even if you aren’t in a classroom, you can probably find some tips you can adapt to your own needs.

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