Twitter is popular with everyone but due to the very open nature of Twitter younger users should take extra caution. Remember everything you post to Twitter with an open profile can be seen by anyone in the world and is very easy to search for.
As much as I love Twitter, I have to admit I haven’t seen that familiar blue Twitter home page in quite a while. Why? because although Twitter is amazing, I can only fully leverage it by using a range of Twitter tools.
I’ve written several blog posts on Socialable about some of my favorite and most used Twitter tools but I thought it would be a good idea to create a series of 101 of the top social media and blogging tools. So here is the first in the series – and it made sense to start with Twitter seeing as it’s my social media “weapon of choice” and generates over 50% of the traffic to Socialable.
We just stumbled across a new tool that’s designed to incorporate live tweets into your presentation. What could be better than that? While these tweets may not all be perfect and some may not be professional / appropriate, it’s a great tool to know about...
"Twitter and Facebook might soon replace traditional professional development for teachers. Instead of enduring hours-long workshops a few times a year, teachers could reach out to peers on the Internet in real time for advice on things like planning a lesson (or salvaging a lesson that’s going wrong), overcoming classroom management problems, or helping students with disabilities. Or, at least, that’s what a group of Internet-savvy educators who convened in New York City this week are hoping."
Before the advent of Twitter, most educators I know had limited opportunities to collaborate with colleagues outside their building. Some subscribed to listservs or participated in online forums, but these outlets lacked critical mass; teachers also networked at in-person conferences and training sessions, but these isolated events didn't provide ongoing support.
Enter Twitter. I've heard many educators say that Twitter is the most effective way to collaborate and that they've learned more with Twitter than they have from years of formal professional development.
TwitChimp.com is a web application that leverages the Twitter API to provide curated lists of Twitter users.
The purpose of TwitChimp.com is to enable any Twitter user to create and curate collections of Twitter users.
Curated lists are important because they can help reduce the signal to noise ratio in Twitter.
Create and curate feature-filled lists of twitter accounts on any topic you desire.Summary of top concepts/words and hashtags in tweets for an entire listHotlinking of those top words to Twitter searches.Statistics for lists and users in lists.Discover lists by category.Search tools enabling lists to be found by keywords in the list or by the users bio.User profile pages with stats, bios and links.Embed lists on any site on the Internet.
N.B.: The application is still in a beta testing period but is open to anyone who would like to try it in this early stage of development.