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Twitter Assignment

Intro Twitter Assignment

Part of the goal of this class is understanding technology, its impact on culture, and also on the culture of the classroom. Arguably one of the more successful and buzzworthy developments in recent web history is Twitter. Twitter has been called a “micro-blogging” tool, where as opposed to our class blog, what you say is limited to 140 characters. You follow your friends, celebrities, or people of interest and send and receive short bursts of information that might be as simple as “I just woke up” to a really interesting link or slice of commentary.

As a class we will form a small Twitter community and share relevant information (however far removed it may seem!) with each other and try to extend the conversations beyond the classroom and even beyond the class blog. This assignment is part introduction to technology and part social experiment, but will certainly be interesting and hopefully fun!

Helpful twitter guide to getting started can be viewed by clicking here: http://news.cnet.com/newbies-guide-to-twitter/


(1) You are required to sign up for a Twitter account and follow your teacher and all of your classmates. Your teacher’s Twitter name is SysTech123. To follow your instructor type http://www.twitter.com/system123 and then click follow. (2) I would then like to see everyone tweet each member of thier Pitsco team suite today. This is, of course, a bare minimum and I would encourage you to experiment with it as much as possible. (3) Then send a tweet including your class attendance period hashtag to enable appropriate twitter group searching. See #hashtag discussion below.

#Hashtags: If your tweet is exclusive to the class please use the tag #SysTechP1 (example if your in my period 2 class the hashtag would be #SysTechP2) somewhere within your 140 word entry. This is what’s called a hash tag and allows your tweets to be searched as part of a particular group of tweets. Now go to www.twitter.com , set up an account and search for your class period’s #hashtag. For example, Period 3 would search for hashtag SysTechP3. Notice when you make a hashtag you will use the # sign for example: #SystechP3 and when you search for a hashtag you drop the # sign and search for SysTechP3

Feel free to promote your blog entries on the Twitter feed as well as extend in-class discussion to the Twitter space. You can also use it to get classroom information from your classmates, organize study groups, or tip everyone off to interesting things happening on campus. The possibilities are endless. My two restriction are that your tweets remain non-offensive and that you create an identifiable user name. For example, if your name is Mariel Rangel, then create your twitter name as @mrangel. Some of you with common names will need to be creative. I must be able to identify you by your username — So make sure you use your complete last name.

Twitter can be integrated with your Facebook status updates as well as most smart phones.

Majority credit for this modified assignment plan goes to Tanner Higgin.




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