What is Twitter?
Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read "tweets", which are text messages limited to 140 characters. Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. (definition from Wikipedia)
Intro to Twitter
Anatomy of a Tweet
Managing Twitter with Apps
How do I get started?
Setup your account
Find someone with common interests and follow them.
Basic Tweet: general outbound message to all of my followers. May include a picture or a link to click on for more information.
Reply or @mention tweet: starts with the other person's twitter handle. This tweet only appears in the other person's twitter feed and people who follow both of us.
RT=Retweet: rebroadcast of another person's tweet
MT=Modified Tweet: when you want to RT something but need to delete/modify a portion to add your thoughts
DM=Direct Messages: a 140-character email. Can be read only by that person. You can only DM someone who follows you. This avoids you getting spammed.
Hashtags=#: (nope, it's not a pound sign!) Hashtags make twitter searchable. They're added to chats and topics so all the tweets can be filed together for later usage. (Sometimes they're added to be funny or sarcastic or as side note to the tweet. #Ididitallforthecookie)
Twitter Chats are a great way to learn more about a particular topic. They are also a great way to dive into using Twitter. There are a lot of people on the chats. They are fast paced with a lot of information. There are a huge number of educational chats that take place every week. Some take the summer off, but most go all year round. Here is a link to a massive list of chats. I guarantee there is one to fit your content area.
Educational Twitter Chats
How to block people on Twitter
Amazing Twitter Resources
Cybraryman's Twitter Page
Education World - Twitter for Professional Development
Educator's Technology - Twitter for Professional Development
Teach Amazing - Twitter for Professional Development - Ultra Beginner Edition
LinkedIn - Embrace Twitter for Professional Development
Twitter Cheat Sheet
Beginner's Guide to Twitter
Use a program like TweetDeck to easily view and manage content from multiple hashtags at one time!
Connect your Twitter account to your Facebook Page.