For those who are new to Twitter (and those not) a ‘tweet’ can be a confusing thing. So, reproduced from EdTEchSandyK‘s website is the ‘anatomy of a tweet':
Does that explain it? No, then how about this?
- When you say something on Twitter … that’s a Tweet.
- You have 140 characters for your tweet, and that includes spaces, hyphens, quote marks, links, etc.
- Your tweet is seen by everyone on Twitter and on the Internet … but only if they know you or search for something you said.
- You can follow people, and they can follow you. By following someone their tweets will appear in your timeline.
- If someone says something you like, you can re-tweet (RT) it to your followers.
- If someone likes something you said, they can RT it their followers.
- If someone follows you, you are now a member of their network – their personal learning network (PLN). If you follow someone else, they are now part of your PLN.
- Use a hashtag – this acts like a canned search term and your tweet will appear in anyone’s timeline who is searching that hashtag term. Hashtags are often used for the backchannel at events, activities, classes, etc.
- Twitter is a conversation, not just a broadcast – engage with others, follow them, re-tweet them, share, and be shared.
Please see some of my previous posts on Twitter, and how it can (or can’t) help you as a teacher / educator:
- Twitter Tips: for teachers and educators
- Why my blog posts have hashtags in the title
- Twettequette and Netiquette
- Finding a place for Twitter in Higher Education