Professional Learning Network
Twitter Chat 101
Getting Started with Twitter
Setting up your Twitter account will only take a few minutes; so follow these simple steps now and you’ll soon be tweeting away till the birds come home!
1. Go to Twitter.com and you’ll see a box that says ‘New to Twitter? Sign Up’ – pop in your name and email address and you’ll be well on your way.
2. On the next screen, you’ll need a name, a password and your username. Remember that your username needs to be less than 15 characters.
3. Click on ‘Create My Account’ – and you have a twitter account!
How to participate in a Twitter Chat #1stTeachChat
When someone organizes a tweet chat they choose a hashtag related to the event and a time to hold the chat. Our hashtag is #1stTeachChat
There will be a moderator to welcome participants, ask questions and generally keep the conversation on track.
We will be using the Q1/A1 format. Please include the A and # in the response. (A1, A2, ETC)
Be sure to include the #1stTeachChat in your response so others can see your thinking.
If there is a guest answering questions they may be posed by the moderator or the participants.
When you join the chat, spend a moment to scan the tweets around the tag. Who is talking? If there is a host or a featured guest what questions have been posted? What is the theme of the chat?
Feel free to share tweets from within the chat with your network, perhaps by re-tweeting or with comments, but don’t forget to use the hashtag so people can follow along.
Re-tweeting the posts of another user in the chat is a common way to support statements from other tweeters and share them with your own networks.
If you ask a question or respond to someone in the chat, use the hashtag so everyone can be in on the conversation.
It’s OK to greet your friends who are participating in the chat with a quick mention, but don’t use the hashtag unless it’s on-topic.
If you have enough space in your tweet to share a post and comment too great, but if there isn’t you can re-tweet a comment intact and then @mention them with your feedback. Be sure to use the hashtag!
It’s acceptable to send a private tweet to someone if it is off the topic of the chat, but try to do it outside of the hashtag so it doesn’t end up in the archive of the chat.
You might want to let people know you’ll be participating in a chat in advance. This is a nice way to support the host and let your Twitter network know that you may be a bit noisy during that time.