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Twitter is a social networking platform that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called tweets. Tweets may contain up to 140 characters of text, photos, videos, and links. Tweets are posted on user profiles, visible on followers' feed, and are searchable through Twitter Search.
Following someone on Twitter means you've chosen to subscribe to their Twitter updates, their tweets. When you follow someone, their new posts appear on your Twitter feed.
Teachers participate in social networking sites to share knowledge and collaborate with other teachers to create education-related content. This study selected several communities in order to better understand the networks that these participants establish on Twitter and the role that the social network plays in their activity within the community, especially related with peer production.
Times Higher Edcuation. Glen Wright, from Academia Obscura, peeks inside a Pandora’s box of scholarly microblogging.
Twitter and Professional Development
There are a number of ways of building a professional network on Twitter. You can follow specific @accounts (@CollegesOntario), or tap into content using a #hashtag (#ScholarSunday).
You can also have real time conversations with peers on a specific topic, during a Twitter chat (otherwise known as the Tweet chat).
Twitter chats take place on Twitter, at a specific time, and are connected by a designated #hashtag (i.e. #HEAchat). Twitter chats have a host or moderator, who poses questions (designated with Q1, Q2…) to prompt responses from participants (using A1, A2…). Chats are typically an hour in length.
Below you'll find a number of twitter chats you may want to participate in:
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