I sit staring at my phone, constantly refreshing news feeds to get the latest information. I need to know, right now, the thoughts of all the people I don't know, don't like, and or don't care about. Why? I have no clue. What's more is I need these people to need to know about me too. I need random people at my school to like my Instagram picture of me dressed as a cat, or else I am a loser with no friends.
I had my Twitter talk yesterday! About 8 teachers came to learn about how to tweet, and my audience was very receptive. I talked about why Twitter was established in 2006, and the differences between having a private vs. a public account. College university applications have social media related essay prompts. University of Virginia asks "to tweet or not to tweet," Clemson asks to "compose a tweet explaining why you should be accepted." Every piece of mail from colleges I receive in my mailbox has a tiny part on the brochure devoted to following them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest. Many television shows and movies have a hashtag in a corner of the screen, this is used to be able to tweet about what you're watching on television...because everyone needs to know what you're watching on television in the comfort of your own home. I explained the meaning of 140 characters, and how "Twitter" came to be from the quick chirping of birds' tweets. Twitter has evolved from more than just a real-time communication tool into one of the world's leading sources of social discovery and newsworthy events. Tweet with caution, once it’s out there, it’s out there. You can delete posts, but if even one person sees it before you delete it, it can be retweeted or copied in a screen shot.
In case you're interested in using Twitter lingo in every day life, here are the terms I taught the teachers!
Tweet- A standard message on Twitter containing 140 characters or less
Retweet- A tweet that has been reshared to all of a users' followers
Hashtag- The # symbol is used to tag keywords or topics in a tweet to make it easily identifiable for search purposes; this is how tweets create trends and go “viral”
Mention- Tweets can include replies and mentions of other users by preceding their usernames with the @ sign
Handle- Tweet- A standard message on Twitter containing 140 characters or less
Feed- The stream of tweets on your Twitter homepage comprised of all the accounts you follow
Lists- Twitter provides a mechanism to list users you follow into groups or curated lists showing tweets of all the users in the list
Direct Message- Also called a DM, this represents Twitter's direct messaging system for private communication amongst users who follow each other
Trending Topics (identified through hashtags)- Trends are described as the most popular subjects discussed on Twitter. (#tgif #loveit #yayme)