We will be using Twitter in class, both to spark discussion and do research. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you will need to sign up for one. If you have a personal account and don’t mind your classmates seeing it, you can certainly use a preexisting one, granted that your tweets are not set to “protected.” You can access Twitter via internet, smartphone app, or text messaging (see here for Twitter via text instructions).
1. Go to http://twitter.com/.
2. Enter your basic information on the home page and click “Sign up.”
3. Come up with a username and password. Agree with the Terms of Service (TOS). Click submit.
In order to get credit for your work on Twitter, I have to be able to see your tweets. This means you CANNOT set your account to “protected.” If you wish to keep your personal account private, then please create an account that you can use for class purposes.
Once you’ve signed up…
1. Send a tweet using the hashtag #np555 so that I know you are able to get online. It might look like this:
#np501 This is just a test.
2. Start searching and following people/groups that interest you.
3. Optional: Use Twitter’s option to search your contacts for people to follow.
How to look at our class’s Twitter posts…
I recommend using TweetChat.com. Simply type np501 in the hashtag box, and you will see all of the posts with that hashtag come up. You can change the “refresh speed” also to make sure you are up-to-date with the most current tweets.
Another solid option is TweetDeck. You can use it online or download the computer app.
You can also find other tweets with this hashtag by simply clicking the #np501 in any tweet or searching for it in the Twitter search bar.
Some useful Twitter lingo…
Tweet: a post
Retweet: post someone else’s post
Trending: the most popular topics on Twitter at that moment
Hashtag: the use of the “#” sign before a phrase to help tag/categorize posts. This makes them more easily found through the search engine.
For more terms, see Twitter’s Twitter Glossary.