Twitter and "tweeting" is about broadcasting daily short burst messages to the world, with the hope that your messages are useful and interesting to someone.
Twitter's big appeal is how rapid and scan-friendly it is: you can track hundreds of interesting tweeters, and read their content with a glance. Twitter employs a message size restriction to keep things scan-friendly: every tweet is limited to 140 characters or less. This size cap promotes the focused and clever use of language, which makes tweets very easy to scan, and also very challenging to write well. This size restriction has really made Twitter a popular social tool.
Twitter is very simple to use as broadcaster or receiver. You join with a free account and Twitter name. Then you send broadcasts as often as you wish. Go to the 'What's Happening' box, type 140 characters or less, and click 'Tweet'. You will most likely include some kind of hyperlink to a web page.To receive Twitter feeds, you simply find someone interesting, and 'follow' them to subscribe to their tweets. Once a person becomes uninteresting to you, you simply 'unfollow' them.
You then choose to read your daily Twitter feeds through any of various Twitter readers.
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Twitter requires you to register (free) which requires that you supply just your name and email address. Once verified, users may personalise their profiles with photos and a biog. You should use your real name and pictures so that people feel more comfortable interacting with you - they know they've got the right person.
Now you can look for people to follow using the search facility. You can follow your friends and people you know. If you are setting up a ringing Twitter account then you can follow other bands, ringing societies, ART, Central Council. Use the search box to find them.» A simple step-by-step guide to setting up and using Twitter
Looking at the example tweets on the right, it may seem a bit complicated with all those strange characters. So let's start with some Twitter grammar and vocabulary.
Tweet – every message sent using Twitter is called a "tweet".
Hashtag – a simple way to organise content around a certain topic. Once you sign into Twitter you can do a search and all tweets which include a particular hastag (in this case #bellringing) will be listed.
Following and followers – subscribing to another user's content is called "following". If you are subscribed to someone, you are their "follower".
Retweet (RT) – forwarding something from another user to your own followers.
Trending topics – content made popular by number of tweets, usually delineated by a hashtag. For example, the ART Conference or National 12-bell could be trending topics, recognized by their hashtag: #ARTConf19 or #12bell. Users talking about this topic would attach that hashtag to their tweets in order to boost popularity and be included in the greater conversation.
Handle – your username (in this case @RingingTeachers).
Embed your tweets in your website. This will keep the site fresh, and is the easiest way to share news onto your site FAST, including any photos you post.
Once you are confident using Twitter, you will probably be keen to connect with your church, local news-makers, and people who listen to your bells.
On Sat our tower hosted a @RingingTeachers ART training event. Folks loved building their #bellringing skills.Thanks @WPBells for arranging
Got an innovative person you'd like to put forward for The ART Award for Effective Use of Technology in Teaching? https://ringingteachers.org/recognition/awards It's not just about the old smart dog and bone any more. #bellringing @ccringing sponsored by @JohnTaylorBells
News update on CC website: CCCBR sponsors ART Award for technology http://cccbr.info/lvd2e @ccringing #bellringing
Mike Winterbourne Master of @WPBells and Anthony Cane Dean of Portsmouth @deanportsmouth greet The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth & Commander Chris S Roberts At @PortsmouthCath for the Commemorative Evensong https://portsmouthcathedral.org.uk/portsmouth-cath... #ringingremembers #ww1 #bellringing #portsmouth
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