Designing Your Twitter Feed Part 2: Hashtags

At this point, we hope you have had the opportunity to:

  • search Twitter anonymously for topics, hashtags, dates, individuals
  • create your own Twitter account and profile
  • follow others who have similar professional interests
  • follow others who will provide you with rich learning

Please see the list of posts on the right side of this page, or scroll down for the posts if you need to update any of your learning.

Today we are looking at the power of following hashtags on Twitter, a skill that is becoming more important across a number of different social media.

Hashtags allow you to take part in conversations, aggregate groups, follow learning at conferences, follow topics that interest you, and follow/participate in live chats that interest you.

Twitter explains hashtags here if the concept is new to you.

For new Twitter users, #ff or #followfriday is one of the best hashtags to watch for.  Each Friday, Twitter users use this hashtags to suggest people to follow.  This will help you build your online PLN.

From Tom Whitby: My Island View
From Tom Whitby: My Island View

If you are in Ontario, watch for the work done by Doug Peterson.

Click on the image for more explanation of #followfriday #ff
Click on the image for more explanation of #followfriday #ff

You can search for #ff or #followfriday on any day.

 

Suggested Learning Activities

  1. Together, we have been building a list of favourite hashtags here. Please continue to share hashtags you find that are of interest to you professionally.
  2. Ask your colleagues about the hashtags they follow, or the hashtags being used at learning events that they are attending.  What can you learn by following the hashtag?
  3. For our courses, we use the #OSSEMOOC hashtag.  Are you ready to share a favourite resource or link from your account using this hashtag? Next week we are learning about the anatomy of a Twitter Tweet, so if you feel that you need more support before Tweeting – that is coming!

 

 

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Finding Twitter Chats

Twitter Chats are where so much of our education learning can be found on Twitter.  But how do we find a Twitter chat that interests us?

There are literally hundreds of Twitter chats online.  A group of generous educators has created a list of chats that is organized by time.  You can find it here.

A sample of the chats this evening looks like this.

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If you are new to Twitter chats, you might feel more comfortable just watching a chat and learning how the questions are posted (often in a Google Doc or image at the beginning of the chat, and in Tweets using Q1, Q2, etc.)

For example, here is Q5 from #onedchat:

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When answering a Twitter Chat Question, we use A1, A2, A3 – depending on the question number.  Here is an example of A5 from #onedchat.

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Activity for learning:

Find a chat related to your interests in education.  Make it a habit to follow the tweets.  When you feel comfortable, contribute to the chat by answering one of the questions.  Remember to use the proper Twitter chat conventions – the chat hashtag (e.g., #onedchat), and  “A” with the number of the question you are responding to.  This is a great way to build your PLN as you converse online about a topic that is of interest to you.

Resources:

Peeking Inside a Twitter Chat

Best Chats for Teachers in 2015