A Complete Guide to Twitter: Tips for Parents, Students and Teachers
- Feb 03, 2016
Twitter started off as a platform to promote communication among acquaintances – a little like short messaging service (SMS), but not quite. It was created primarily to help people stay connected with each other via messages.
It faced its fair share of challenges in the beginning, but a year after its inception, it had its first taste of glory. The South by Southwest Interactive Conference of 2007 was the turning point in Twitter history. Over 60,000 tweets were sent each day during the event. The user base expanded exponentially.
Twitter went viral.
Today, Twitter has turned out to be a widely-used social media site that is also a powerhouse of not just communication and business, but also education. It is being increasingly integrated into the modern classrooms owing to its convenience, practicality and the fun element that it brings into learning.
It is hardly a wonder that every child, nowadays, has a serious inclination towards technology. Nothing beats the glee that a teenager feels when presented with an iPad, or any tech-tool, for that matter. With such enthusiasm climbing a notch every day, Twitter is as easy a language for children as English is for over a billion people in the world. With the new academic session on the roll, it is time to shed some light on Twitter and its various aspects.
A Detailed Look at Twitter
It is a micro-blogging platform (with a 140-character limit) via which you can share bursts of information with a global audience. These are also known as ‘tweets’. You can follow anyone you like and whatever they choose to share will show up on your newsfeed.
Twitter also provides scope for interaction via direct messages. You can join in a discussion or find any news about your favorite topic via the ‘Hashtag‘ tool.
Here is a quick demonstration of Twitter
Twitter doesn’t require much effort to understand or to use. However, if you still require some getting-used-to-the-concept, you can go through this article.
Now that you are equipped with the ins and outs of Twitter, we are going to bring out the real genius of Twitter with some effective tips that can be employed by students, teachers and parents to make Twitter a joyous and productive learning experience.
Effective Twitter Tips You Need to Follow
Twitter being a social media platform, is going to be a tempting distraction if you do not know where to draw the line. You need to learn how to use Twitter to your advantage. The following tips will help you make the most of Twitter.
Tip 1. Complete Your Profile
First things first, create your Twitter profile.
When you land on Twitter, you need to introduce yourself to the global audience. You see, no one will know who you are until you tell them. Also, no one will like to be stalked by someone who doesn’t have an identity. This is why you need to fill up your details before you tread into the open wilderness.
- You can use your name in the user-name section or decide to use something unique to make your profile memorable. However, once you have added it, do not change the name.
- Your profile picture should not be an egg, trust me, no one wants to see an egg unless it’s scrambled and served for breakfast. So put up a clear picture of yourself. Remember, this picture is going to represent how the Twitter world sees you.
- Your Twitter bio needs to be complete, there must be a lot to you than just a blank space.
- If you have a blog or a website, you can add that to your profile. This would give your website the exposure it deserves.
Tip 2. Pay Heed to Your Privacy Settings
With the Twitter account you create, you are exposing everything you share with the global community. Believe me when I say, everyone is online nowadays. While it may not benefit you to keep your profile on lockdown, it is always advisable to set up the right amount of privacy to ensure that nothing goes wrong.
- Twitter allows you to make your tweets visible to your followers only, if you choose to keep it that way. Here‘s how to do it.
- If you do not wish to be tagged in photos put up by anyone, you can choose to keep it that way from your account’s privacy settings.
- You may keep your Twitter identity a secret by unchecking the options that allow other Twitter users to find your profile by phone number or email address.
- Additionally, you can set both, log-in and password-reset verification. This way, you will get notified via SMS every time a log-in or password-change attempt is made for your profile.
The following video demonstrates how to adjust your privacy settings.
Tip 3. Be Careful of What You Tweet
While using Twitter, you need to keep in mind that your audience extends far beyond your usual group of friends and acquaintances. What you tweet and how you manage your account is going to carve out an identity for you. And once you post a tweet, you cannot revoke it.
So, you need to be extra careful about the image you portray online.
No matter how angry, frustrated or sad you are, please refrain from expressing your emotions on social media. Words can be hurtful – even more when a 140 character-limit restricts the detection of a pun or a friendly tone and ends up being the reason for a misrepresentation. And you end up looking bad in the process.
- Read your posts. Some might require grammatical corrections for the punctuation you missed out or the inaccuracy in spelling.
- Before posting your tweet, think – would you say this to someone? Or, do these words sound hurtful to you if you were on the receiving end of these words? Or, is there anything you think your potential interviewer of your dream job might disapprove of?
- You can share trending and engaging information related to your field of work on Twitter.
- Always be positive with your tweets. Negative emotion will only be like self-inflicting wounds that boomerang right back at your online identity.
Avoid sarcasm at all costs.
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Tip 4. Collaborate, Crowdsource and Interact
It is no use creating a Twitter profile and not making use of it. Twitter is a gold mine of educational resources. And with a little bit of reaching out, you can make the most of this platform.
- You can collaborate with teachers, students, parents and even other classrooms on any topic that you may need some help with.
- You can share your inputs and ideas about any trending educational topic that you think can benefit your goals.
- Twitter is great for discussions. You can initiate a classroom discussion on any topic that has been recently covered.
- You can engage in a direct conversation with a peer and exchange ideas or even ask for help with something. Also, re-tweeting is quite helpful in sharing wonderful ideas.
- If you are an educator, you can create an online community of your students where you can conduct doubt-clearing sessions. A classroom hashtag might come in handy.
Seek out followers relevant to your industry and find out what they are talking about. You can pour in your inputs and tweet about something similar. It might just give you the big Twitter break that you have been looking for.
Whether you are an educator, a student or a parent, these tips will ensure that you are getting the most out of your Twitter account. As a Twitter inhabitant, it goes without saying that you must follow online etiquette and stay away from anything that can have the least amount of chance of damaging your online reputation.
Happy tweeting, folks!
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