Today we’ll cover the basics of tweeting – what to tweet and how to tweet. Study the ‘essential information’ and then complete the task that follows. In the ‘additional information ‘ section you’ll find a list of useful Twitter terminology – worth a look if you have a few minutes to spare.
What to tweet
- an interesting article or a book you recommend
- an online resource you’ve stumbled across
- a workshop, webinar, seminar or conference you’re going to – others may not have known about it, may want to meet you if they’re also going to be there, or may want to ask you about it if they can’t make it
- a new person you met today who might be a good contact for you or others in future
- some insight on academic work from an incident that happened today
- advice, tips or insights into how you teach or research for students or other colleagues
- a question asked by a student or colleague that made you think
- slides from a talk or lecture which you’ve just uploaded online
- your thoughts on a news story relevant to your work
- a funding, project or job opportunity that’s come to your attention
- a digital tool or software you’re using or a problem you’ve solved with it
- your new publication or report which has just come out (there are ways of mentioning this gracefully!)
Important to remember!
How to send a tweet
- Log into Twitter
- Click on the ‘Tweet’ box, which is in the top right hand corner with the feather quill pen icon and says ‘Tweet’
- A new window will appear inviting you to compose your tweet. You’re only able to write 140 characters including spaces, and there’s a small counter below this box which tells you how many characters you have left. It will stop you once you go over and highlight how many characters you need to delete. You’ll soon develop a suitably concise style, and learn the tricks to abbreviate your writing, such as using ‘&’ instead of ‘and’. This all adds to the informal tone.
- Once you’re happy with your tweet, click the ‘Tweet’ button.