Twitter

Twitter is a real-time stream of comments made by Twitter users all over the world on every imaginable subject. The Twitter About page provides a useful description about Twitter.

Twitter can be used for broadcasting messages, following topics, ideas, and people of interest, and as a research tool.

Essential Requirements

Equipment

Twitter does not require any special equipment other than at a basic level, a computer, a Web browser, and an Internet connection. However, Twitter can also be used on other devices such as a phone or iPad; these devices would require additional programs in order to view Twitter.

Software

Twitter functionally runs through a basic Web browser off of the Twitter.com Web site. However, to get the most out of Twitter, you should use a more advanced Web-based program or desktop or device client. Here is a recommended list of both.:

Web-based programs

Client programs

Tweetdeck is a great desktop tool that can also be used on the iPad, iPhone and Android.

Here are a variety of links to help you get started with Tweetdeck.

Other useful programs

Here is a list of useful programs to leverage Twitter to schedule Tweets, archive them, see trends, and many other options.

  • Gremln – Used to schedule Tweets
  • Twuffer – Allows for the scheduling of future tweets
  • Klout – Used to measure Twitter influence
  • Todays Meet – Used to create a backchannel room for a class or presentation
  • Twitterfall – See Tweets in real time.
  • Twitterfeed – Feed your blog to twitter, Facebook, etc.
  • Trendsmap – See a map of trends
  • Tweetreach – See the reach of your Tweets.
  • Paper.li – Turn your Tweets into a digital newspaper

Learning Resources

Key Web links

Guides and Beginner Instructions

Here are a number of great guides to help you better understand Twitter and its capabilities.

Ideas for using Twitter

Education

Here are a number of great ideas for using Twitter in a education environment.

Conferences and Events

Whether you are a event planner or a participant, you can use these ideas to help get more from the next event.

Networking
Non-profits
Productivity

Want to use your time effectively using Twitter. Here are some ideas to make you more productive.

Research

Background Design

Want to get rid of the boring Twitter background, these links will show you how.

Directories

Directories are used to help you find other Twitter users. There are lists that specialize around a specific discipline.

Education
Government
Local area
Various
Hashtags

Hashtags are an essential tool for search and organizing Tweets. Here are some links to help you learn about them.

Lists

Here is quick tutorial to show you how to organize your various followers into groups for more information control.

Metrics and Analytics

These tools will help you understand if you are moving in the right direction.

Searching

Tools

Here are a number of tool collections that you will find useful to hone into the information you need.

Tools for professionals
Tool Collections

Other Links

Video Tutorials

Here are a variety of videos that will help you get the most out of Twitter.

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