Downloadable PDF: Building a Better Tweet (Pro-tips)
Sometimes it feels good to throw a tweet out into the void. Other times, particularly when you are tweeting for class, you want your tweets to make an impact. Mentions, videos and images, and hashtags can help.
Mentions allow you to address a tweet directly to another person(s), meaning they are automatically notified of the tweet. Research suggests that including mentions in your tweets significantly increases the likelihood of getting a response and having a conversation.
— Lee Skallerup (@readywriting) February 24, 2016
When you see an article or web resource that you would like to share with the class, it’s easy to drop the hyperlink and the course hashtag into a tweet. However, before you do that, think about why you want to share it. Did someone say something related to the topic? Is someone in the class doing their project on it? Consider mentioning people who might take a genuine interest in the information, so that you make sure they see the tweet. If you do, you’re much more likely to turn that contribution into a meaningful conversation with a classmate.
Images & Videos. The “Add Image” feature of tweets is a potential vehicle for expressing big ideas. When 140 characters just aren’t enough, upload screenshots, hand-drawn pictures, photographs, Vines, gifs, text, infographics, or concept maps to make your point.
Examples of using images to provide information beyond 140 characters:
Have you ever thought about the definition of a comic? Not me. Try David Kunzle of “History of a Comic Strip” pic.twitter.com/AZKS3r8PS5
— Conrad Hackett (@conradhackett) February 28, 2016
— John Edwin Mason (@johnedwinmason) February 28, 2016
Hashtags. The course hashtag provided by your instructor allows others in the course to see and react to your tweets. If you don’t use it, the rest of the class won’t see your tweets. Additionally, some students make up their own hashtags to help organize their small group work or collaborations. Furthermore, adding established hashtags to your tweet is one way to connect your course-related thoughts to broader interest groups. They spread your message to people with similar interests who reside beyond the boundaries of the course.
Examples of using “established hashtags” to reach a broader audience
— Jeffrey Keefer (@JeffreyKeefer) February 25, 2016