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Twitter – a ‘what’s it all about’ workshop for staff and research students who teach

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Twitter workshop handout [PDF] (last updated: 22 June 09)

Repeating sessions for Goldsmiths people facilitated by Mira Vogel: Tue 3rd and Wed 11th March, 13:00-14:30, Warmington Tower 307.

After a slow beginning there has been a recent surge of interest in Twitter – the ‘micro-blogging’ site which limits each post to 140 characters. A recent milestone in the mainstreaming of Twitter was the offer of up to £160k for a government job referred to by some as a “Twittercrat”. Another was the hugely momentous aftermath of the Iranian elections, where Twitter was heavily used by Iranian reformists to exercise freedom of political expression.

As-it-happens reporting from events, research updates, questions, ‘social proprioception’ – I’ve excerpted some comment on Twitter from educators, educationalists and pundits – but there isn’t, and won’t be, a fixed determined way of using Twitter here. It’s up to you.

In this 90 minute hands-on workshop, you will:

  • get a brief history of Twitter
  • set up a Twitter account
  • post ‘tweets’ (updates) including links and responses, and including via phone
  • ‘follow’ other Twitter users
  • consider actual and potential uses in academia
  • consider tools and approaches to making sense of the noise
  • (if time or inclination)
    • look at some other software and how it can turbo-charge Twitter, including ‘Twitter this’ buttons on blog posts
    • find out how to funnel your existing blog to Twitter

To book a place on this workshop please use the sign-up form (for a fixed period) or contact m.vogel@gold.ac.uk / x7298. There are 6 places on each – if there’s interest we’ll schedule others.


Written by Mira Vogel

February 27, 2009 at 11:49

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  1. Thanks for publishing this excellent Twitter guide – I have linked to it from my blog.

    Leo Havemann

    June 3, 2009 at 17:59

  2. […] leave a comment » Time to update my Twitter workshop handout. […]

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