Coffeechug Twitter Task 11: Making Use of Twitter Lists #coffeechugPLN

Another popular question asked from our first #coffeechugPLN chat was

How do I make and use lists?

Let us start with defining and explaining what a Twitter List is and is not.

A Twitter list is a group of Twitter users that you can create and curate based on your needs. You are able to create one by yourself or if you want to subscribe to a list that is already created you can do that also. Basically, this list will give you a log of all Tweets from the users included on that list.

A thing to remember is that a Twitter list is for reading ONLY! You are not able to DM or tweet to the members of the list if you wanted only those people to see it.

Lists will allow you to read tweets by people that you do not follow. If you don’t want to follow a lot of people and feel overwhelmed, then creating lists for certain topics are your golden ticket.

You cannot add yourself to a list, but you can check to see what lists you are added to.

I will talk about this and more in the video below. I figured it would be easiest to make a tutorial.

Please let me know if I forgot anything about Twitter Lists.

To view the previous tasks and other information for educators please check out my wiki

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Coffeechug PLN – Twitter for Educators Task 10: Twitter Abbreviations and Twittonary Tool

What do all the abbreviations mean? This was one of the many great questions from our first Twitter chat on Tuesday night. I am going to do my best to address them all or at least give you the tools needed to solve the issues yourself. This post will focus on abbreviations and what they all mean.

To read past tasks 1 – 9 you can go to the wiki and check it out. 

 I covered some abbreviations in the prior tasks, but only a handful. This is going to focus strictly on abbreviations and how to make sense of it all.

Step 1: Most common abbreviations
I have created another Google Document that is open and editable for anyone to crowdsource and contribute. I have tried to gather as much as I could, but I know I am missing some key ideas and abbreviations. Check it out and please add anything. Now keep in mind not all of these use the most professional language. I have included them in here because you need to know these. Whether someone uses them in your stream, a student is using them, or possibly your own child. It is important to be aware, but not necessarily use! I would read through before sharing at a school function or with students. Not all are safe for student eyes or school areas. I have not typed in the actual words, but you will get a sense without a problem.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/104daLuUvHTsUw6xZsN_WSX3YBZ0LtBklnKvMhuJeGUQ/edit?usp=sharing

Step 2: Using symbols
 Something that I don’t use very often, but sometimes is needed when tweeting and is one way to enhance tweets if used properly is the use of symbols. Twitter symbols all you have to do is copy them using Ctrl+C or a right click and copy and then paste into your tweet using Ctrl+V or right click and paste.
Check out the following website to get started: Twitter Symbols visit: Twsym.com

1. @

‘@’ or ‘at’ is used to tag other people into your comment, post, or message. When you add @, Twitter will notify the person you tagged. For example, you can type @Joshua and Joshua will be notified about the message you wrote.

2. RT (Re-tweet)

This is typed at the end of a post. RT encourages other people to re-tweet your post.

3. PRT (Please Re-Tweet or Partial Re-Tweet)

PRT sends a message to readers that the tweet has already been edited to accommodate the addition of username.

4. OH (Overheard)

OH is used during conference. OH signals readers that the source of the post is overheard from other source.

5. BTW (By The Way)

BTW is used to signal a change of topic. It has the same meaning with the word ‘segue’.

6. FTW (For The Win)

For the win is a positive remark done in Twitter.

7. FTL (For The Loss)

FTL is opposite of FTW. It signifies being frustrated, disappointed, dismay, and disapproval.

8. IRL (In Real Life)

IRL obviously tells you that not all things in Twitter or in the online world are necessarily true in the real world.

9. (FTF or F2F) Face to Face

This is a desire that a Twitter user wants to meet another user in real life (IRL).

10. IMHO (In My Honest Opinion or In My Humble Opinion)

This is to tell other twitter users that the remark made is based on personal opinion and not on facts. IMHO is also a way to assert one’s self without being too offensive.

11. YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary)

Simply means that your experience with regards to a product or service may differ from other people’s experiences.

12. BR (Best Regards)

This is a courteous way to ask for something. BR is also used when there is a dispute or to nicely introduce yourself.

13. B/C (Because)

B/C is used to cite a reason. This should not be confused with BCC which means blind carbon copy and is used in email.

14. JV (Joint Venture)

JV means collaboration between one or two Twitter users.

15. LMK (Let Me Know)

Simply means you like to be informed.

16. TMB (Tweet Me Back)

This is a request for another user to reply to a post.

17. DM (Direct Message)

DM means to talk to a twitter user in private.

18. LOL (Laughing Out Loud)

LOL expresses being humored.

19. IOW (In Other Words)

IOW lets you cite other words or perspective to express a thought.

20. IMX (In My Experience)

IMX expresses one’s experience.

21. # (Hashtag)

# sign is used to mark a particular trending topic. If you put a ‘#’ next to a word, you let your post to be indexed in Twitter’s search engine. For example, you typed #government. People who will search for the word ‘government’ will be able to find your post.

22. This.

It is a message that tells twitter users that the tweet is something of great interest.

23. TBH (To Be Honest)

This is a remark used to show people’s honesty and/confession.

24. MT (Modified Tweet)

It means that the tweet’s content has already been modified to about 1/3 of the original content.

25. ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

This is commonly used by internet marketers who utilize Twitter as part of their social media advertisements. ICYMI is very useful if you want to re-post something that you want readers to be reminded of.

26. +1

It is a demarcation that a post or tweet is being endorsed by other Twitter users. +1 has almost equivalent meaning with ‘like’ on Facebook.

27. H/T (Hat Tip)

H/T is another way of liking a post.

28. TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read)

This is a very convenient way to summarize a somewhat long article.

29. |

This symbol is used to separate statements. Rather than writing the statement from one line to another, | is used to make the post look cleaner and streamlined.

30. SMH (Shaking my Head)

This abbreviation has different uses. It can be used to describe a wide range of emotion such as confusion, amusement, amazement, disappointment, and others. It can also be used as a stand-alone comment to a particular link or tweet.

31. BRB (Be Right Back)

It means that the user will be out for a short period of time.

32. EM or EML (Email)

EM is used to refer to an email server or the act of sending an email itself.

33. Fab (Fabulous)

FAB is an expression of amusement or amazement.

34. FYI (For your Information)

FYI is an opening or introduction leading to the presentation of information.

35. GTG (Got to Go)

GTG signifies the person needs to go immediately.

36. IDC (I Don’t Care)

IDC signifies being indifferent.

37. ORLY (Oh Really)

– See more at: http://www.twelveskip.com/tutorials/twitter/230/twitter-dictionary-top-37-twitter-abbreviations-and-acronyms#sthash.s0Kk1ya9.dpuf

Just double click the symbol to get it highlighted, copy, and then paste into your tweet. You can use other symbols, but this is a good start.

Step 3: Tools

Here are some other tools that fit into this category of symbols and abbreviations
http://www.twittonary.com/ – is an online dictionary for Twitter. It allows you to search for what things mean on Twitter. If you don’t see something on the Google Document above for abbreviations, then you might find it here. Nice to have when in need of explanation and don’t want to feel stupid asking the person that used it.
 http://tweetshrink.com/ –  is a tool designed to shorten your Tweets. Sometimes you just cannot get your point across in under 140 characters. This online tool will makeshift your message to make it fit. It is not always perfect, but does come in handy at times when you just cannot figure out what to do.
http://www.andrewt.net/abbreviate/index.php – is another option if you don’t like Tweet Shrink. I have not used this one except to test a few things for this post. The key here is just to play around with them and find the one you like.
Of you can be yourself and just rework your tweet to make it fit. Sometimes I use (1/2) at the beginning of tweet that I know will take two tweets to get across. I will type the first part up with this at the beginning. My second tweet will start with (2/2).

Closing Thoughts
I hope this answers this particular question. I will be addressing the other questions soon. I know we want to learn about creating and using lists and some other key features. All in good time everyone! I need more coffee to keep up! Just kidding, I love being able to help. Please let me know if this has been helpful by tweeting to #coffeechugPLN

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Coffeechug PLN – Twitter for Educators Task 9: Task 9: Final Thoughts and Reflections

Here is the link to all previous tasks(or just check the sidebar)

This last task is really a reflective process. It is designed to help you think back to where you started with the course and to also help me make the course better.

If you could please take a moment to reflect on what I have tried to put together to help teachers learn Twitter I would greatly appreciate it.

I am leaving things wide open for you to share what you will, but here are few things to think about to get you started.

1. What was helpful to you?
2. What else do I need to add or did I forget to address?
3. How was the flow and layout?
4. Did you see your Twitter presence expand during the tasks?
5. What was not so good?
6. What would you like to learn next?

I am going to try and create this into something more visually appealing and in a better structure like a book or document of some sort. I know it has some things to be worked out. If you do indeed make in through please share it out on your networks and include #coffeechugPLN.

I just want to help. That is my only goal with this project. It stemmed from a presentation I gave to my staff and talking with teachers in my office. I hope I accomplished this goal.

Thanks for taking time to go through the course. I hope the database was helpful. I hope you are all connecting and helping each other. We are always on Twitter ready to connect and help so don’t hesitate to tweet, retweet, or direct message.

If you could email me your reflection I would greatly appreciate it. My email is aarmau@gmail.com

Don’t forget to join the Twitter chat tonight at 8:30 pm using hash tag #coffeechugpln

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Coffeechug PLN – Twitter for Educators Task 8: Build a Following

The last of the major tasks(there is one left after this!) is focused on leaving you independent and free to create connections and expand your network. I hope that this final step leaves you with some general ideas to grow your following and enhance your PLN(Personal Learning Network). Remember this whole course is part of a crowdsourcing wiki so if you have other ideas and further suggestions please edit the wiki and enhance the course content.

Without further ado, here are my final ideas to leave you ready to tackle the world of Twitter on your own.

1. Show your face – We have talked about this earlier in previous tasks, but I think this is so important. Now this does not always have to be serious. BUT, it does need to reflect who you are. You could create an 8 bit pixelated image of yourself or a cartoon style. Let the image reflect you. Change it up from time to time. I know I don’t like things to be the same so I am constantly creating new to keep myself current with where I am in my life.

2. Interesting Bio – don’t forget to go back and revisit this. Maybe you are ready to edit your bio from where you started. I think it is important to revisit this every few months to see how you want to change. Maybe you won’t want to, but at least taking a look at it will allow you to reflect on yourself which is always important.

3. Share worthwhile content – I am on Twitter way too much. I am a junkie. Through it all it is important to share quality content. This is a learning process. I have made my fair share of non important tweets, but by sharing quality content it will make other people follow you because they won’t want to miss out on what you are sharing. On the flipside, if you share a bunch of junk, then you will lose followers because we don’t have time for that. People check Twitter quickly so make it count!

4. Stay active – Be sure to not leave your Twitter account idle. Check in and see what is going on. There is no need to play catch up as you will just stress yourself out, but don’t sit and do nothing either. People will drop you like a bad habit. Be in the now!

5. Join chats – Probably the best thing about Twitter. These hour sessions can leave you loaded with new ideas, connections, and resources. Chats will connect you with new people and expand your network. It is always a win win situation.

6. Help others by retweeting – Help others. Don’t be selfish. Don’t always self promote. If people are seeking guidance or help, RT. If they share something good, RT. Spread the wealth!

7. Golden Rule – Do I really need to explain? This rule applies here in Twitter also! We sometimes forget that there is a human on the other end of the tweet.

8. Give more than ask – This is key. Be a helper. Just like we teach our students. Lead by example. Be a model learner and teacher. Give help. Share ideas. The more you do of this, then the more people will help you.

Keep these eight tips in mind when working on Twitter and working to connect and build your network. Before long it will just happen automatically.

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Coffeechug PLN – Twitter for Educators Task 6: Twitter Chats – Let’s Do This!

Alright, we are going to host and run our very own Twitter Chat! We have been working through various tasks and getting used to Twitter and how it works. It is now time to plunge into the world of Twitter Chats.

When? Tuesday, April 23rd
Time? 8:30 pm central time
Hashtag? #coffeechugPLN

This task is a bit different from previous tasks. For this one I am asking for your participation. I am asking that you join the chat and test it out to see what it is like. It will help you connect and see how one of these sessions go. I hope that this will inspire you to find other chats and want to continue to be part of these one hour sessions.
 
Here are the steps to ensure that any Twitter Chat is successful. At least this is what I will be using to get this first chat started and on the right path. I know there are many more steps, but in general I think these are key.

1. Find a time. I hope this does not interfere with too many other powerful chats. I know that there are chats that are going on during this time, but I don’t think that can be avoided anymore with so many to choose from.

2. Hash tag as short as possible. I probably did not do a great job as the hash tag is #coffeechugPLN but it will have to do as we have been using that for the course so far.

3. Create a supporting website- I have developed a page on the PLN Crowdsourcing wiki for educators

4. Find experts in the field- I will be broadcasting this chat out with everyone I know and hope that they will come and offer their expertise to those who are new to this system.

5. It helps to have a co-host

6. Tweet out reminders a few days out and slowly count down the time to help promote.

7. Provide a summary of the chat. I will be doing this and sharing at the page mentioned above.

Your objectives for this task.
1. Try to make the #coffeechugPLN twitter chat.
2. Have some answers to the questions prepped before so you can easily add websites, links, etc. to your tweets.
3. Share and broadcast this chat to your networks. Be part of the movement to connect others to join our chat.
4. Test out some 3rd party software(our next task in the course) like Tweetchat or Tweetdeck to help follow the chats more easily
4. Think about being a host/co-host for a future chat.

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Twitter Chats For Educators

Before I get blasted by everyone telling me that there are lists all over the internet of Twitter chats I want to let everyone know that I know. There are so many hashtags available anymore that it is impossible to decipher what is good, what still exists, and what is really worth your time.

As I work to develop a self paced course for Twitter for Educators I want them to feel connected and successful right away.

I am asking that people help me fill out this very simple 3 question form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1y00TCk4euYzCKbyTscVn2fs-noYl597L5D3g9fanPdw/viewform

The form is going to ask you to share the Twitter chats that you use and why you find them valuable.

Very simple.

But, very helpful for those starting out.

Thank you for taking time to fill out the form and you can view the responses here

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmNBNr2UwLyIdE1pMkRsVkFRUnhWZjk3UXdLcXZxREE&usp=sharing

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Coffeechug PLN – Twitter for Educators Task 4: Basic Commands

This is the fourth step in my self paced online course to help teachers new to Twitter. The twitter tasks and projects can all be found on the Crowdsouring For Educators wiki.

Twitter is like a big old room full of people from around the world out in the virtual realm. It is an ongoing conversation designed to connect and enhance our lives. It is designed for us to speak and share with everyone so always remember everyone can hear you!

In order to have the conversations a few basic commands are needed to operate. We have already used some of these to get to this point.

Replies – This allows you to speak with one person specifically or potentially a few people in the conversation, but it is available for everyone to read and join in if they feel like it. This is not personal in the sense that nobody else can read what you share, but does allow you to connect with specific people in the conversation. To do this you would hit the reply button

When you hit the reply button you will see a new box open up to allow you type your response to that person. This is why it is always important to send Tweets of around 120 characters so there are spaces left for names and hashtags.
So, you just type your message and hit tweet. Remember, the only people that can see this exchange of tweets are people who are following YOU and the OTHER PERSON! They have to follow both for it to show up in their Twitter feed.
Retweet is designed to share an important idea. If you think someone has shared something good that you think your network of people needs to see then click retweet. You will get a box like before, but this time the message will be show. You will also see “RT” which means retweet so others know what you have done along with the person who created the original message. 
We are also starting to see “MT” which means modified tweet where someone retweets, but changes the message slightly and sends it on. I don’t see this as much, but I have seen it more and more.
Your next option is Favorite. This allows you to bookmark your favorite tweets or keep an archive the ones you don’t want to lose in the Twitter Feeds. This is important during chats or other times when you know you want to get back to that link or resource at a later date.

What I have found in my experience and remember that everyone is different is that I still favorite tweets, but when I go to Twitter I spend more time catching up and I rarely get to my Favorites. I get too distracted. What I have begun to do is email myself my favorite tweets which I can then go back read and bookmark with Diigo(another tool I use in my PLN).

If you want to email a tweet to yourself or someone else you need to click where it says “More”

That will give you two options of email and embed. You click email and you type in the address you want to send it to. Embed will give you the code needed to embed that tweet into a blog post or website. I rarely use that feature, but it is a nice one to have. If there is a tweet I really want I will just screen capture it if you using for a presentation or post. Once again that is just a personal use and everyone is different.

Your jobs to complete for this task are to do the following. If you want the rest of us who are part of this project to see your work and help connect further, then use the hashtag #coffeechugPLN
1. Reply to a tweet and engage in a conversation. Offer your insights and knowledge and let the conversation develop.
2. Retweet a message that you think is worth sharing.
3. Favorite a message and see if you can find a locate your stream of favorite tweets(this is a bonus challenge)
4. Email yourself or someone a tweet to see how that option works
As always use the #coffeechugPLN to document your work so we can see how things develop for you. 
I know many of you already know how to do all of this so perhaps it would be good for you to help those new to Twitter and following #coffeechugPLN to provide your knowledge and guidance.
If you have any tips and tricks about these basic commands leave a comment for me to share to the wiki page where this whole self paced course is being posted and shared.
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Coffeechug PLN – Twitter for Educators Task 3: Creating your Profile and Brand

Feel free to join whenever you are ready! To learn more check out the crowdsourcing page.

Task 3: Creating your Profile and Brand

Check out the video posted to showcase what you need to do with this particular task. There are three objectives and one bonus.

1. I can upload and post a picture of myself to my Twitter account.


2. I can upload a header to my Twitter account.

3. I can create a clever bio about myself to sell who I am and my brand



Bonus: I can create my own background to upload to my Twitter profile page. 

Be creative! Don’t use the provided ones by Twitter. 

If you need some guidance in your creative endeavors, then check out http://mytweetspace.com/ and follow the tutorial to create your very own. It is quite clever and easy to use.

Be sure to tweet #coffeechugPLN so we can see what you created and we can give feedback and guidance on what you put together.

If you have any suggestions, comments, or resources leave a comment here on the blog or simply modify the wiki page or better yet share on Twitter with #coffeechugpln.

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