If you have never participated in a Twitter Chat, you are in for a tweet!
- What is Twitter?
You have probably heard about Twitter and that Twitter messages are limited to 140 characters or less.
- What is a Twitter hashtag chat (sometimes called a Twitter party or tweet chat)?
Twitter hashtag chats are pre-organized events and use keywords with hashtags (#). The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords in a Tweet and therefore categorizes messages.
- What is a hashtag?
Hashtags make it easy to see the full conversation on a particular topic: Simply type the keyword into the search box at the top of your Twitter screen. For our October 29th, 2013, 8pm ET Mobile Twitter Chat, the hashtag is #MobileEdChat.
How can I join the Conversation?It's as easy as 1-2-3-4!
- Sign it. From the twitter homepage, either sign in or sign up for a new account. (Tutorial)
- Find the chat. At the time of the chat, type #MobileEdChat into the search box at the top of your Twitter homepage.
- Listen in. Watch the comments coming from other attendees. It can seem like another language at first, but there are two secrets. RT or MT means someone is retweeting ormodified tweeting another user's comment, often because they either agree or disagree with it. Likewise, @username means that someone is directly responding to a question or comment posted by another attendee.
- Speak up. To compose your own message, click the blue and white icon (looks like a notepad and quill) in the upper right corner of your Twitter page. Important note: Be sure to include #MobileEdChat somewhere in your post, so that your comment is automatically pulled into the chat feed for others to see.
One more helpful hint: If you are at a location where Twitter is blocked by web filters, there are a couple of options that will allow you to use Twitter without access to a networked computer:
- Download the Twitter app for either your iPhone or Android phone (available by searching for "Twitter" through the app store on your phone).
- Access the mobile.twitter.com website on your smartphone browser. (Tutorial)
Please join us October 29th, November 5th, and November 12th as Verizon Foundation and its Thinkfinity Content Partners present the professional development series, Going #MobileEdChat.