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A short guide to Twitter and Tweetchats


What is Twitter?

Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, 'tweets' (these used to be restricted to 140 characters, but has recently increased to 280 characters per tweet!). To tweet you need to open an account in Twitter and use your computer, Twitter apps on your phone or tablet.

 

Who can see my Tweets

Twitter is a public social network, and everyone can see what you tweet, including your boss, work colleagues, family and friends. This is important to bear in mind when you are tweeting.

 

What is a TweetChat?

A TweetChat is a virtual meeting or gathering on Twitter to discuss a common topic. Our DLTE Chats will usually last 30 minutes and will include some questions to stimulate discussion – the questions will be released during the chat and will be preceded with Q1, Q2, Q3 etc.

 

For example: Q1 What does student co-creation mean to you?

 

Where will I find the TweetChat?

Create an account on Twitter and then use the search facility to find #DLTEchat.

 

How do I take part?

If you wish to respond to a question include the hashtag #DLTEchat anywhere within your tweet and precede your tweet with A1, A2, A3 etc.

 

For example: A1 Students supporting curriculum design #DLTEChat

 

Do I have to tweet to take part?

No you don’t though your contributions will be valued! By following the hashtag #DLTEchat you can simply read the questions raised and answers by those who respond.

 

Can only Edinburgh Napier staff and students participate?

While #DLTEChat is primarily intended for the Edinburgh Napier community, by their nature, Tweetchats are openly accessible and as such, anyone can participate and read the tweets – indeed we may actively invite external colleagues to participate.

 

If I can’t make the time slot can I follow the TweetChat later?

Yes you can view the discussion by searching for #DLTEchat.

 

Will there be a summary of the session made available afterwards?

Yes – we will use Storify to summarise the conversations that each question gives rise to, and post the results back to #DLTEChat and archive the links on our website.

 

If you have any questions at all, please contact Kirsteen Wright, Publications Officer, DLTE (k.wright2@napier.ac.uk) or send us a direct message to our twitter account @EdNapDLTE

 

Acknowledgements

The #DLTEChat team would like to thank colleagues at #LTHEChat for the inspiration and advice. These guidance notes are based upon those used on the #LTHEChat website (https://lthechat.com/). #LTHEChat takes place weekly on Wednesday evenings between 8-9pm.




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