Tag Archives: Twitter


How Twitter Changed My Life

One evening last week, while watching hockey (HOCKEY IS BACK) and scrolling though twitter, I noticed a hashtag that had started to trend: #HowTwitterHasChangedMyLife. Of course, the hashtag was filled with funny and nonsensical, and more than a little sarcastic, tweets, but if it’s crossing my field of vision, it means those associated with higher education have discovered it.

Going through the hashtag, it’s amazing to see how many friendships and relationships have been formed over the social …


Scheduling Tweets? On Mobile?

For years, I have been using Tweetdeck to schedule tweets. Yesterday I suddenly wondered why I couldn’t just schedule tweets from an app on my mobile. So I searched and found this Mashable article recommending 3 free tools (it called them apps so I thought they were mobile apps, but they’re actually web-based) and I thought they worked better than Tweetdeck for some things but worse for others.

I schedule tweets for the following purposes:

  1. To pre-tweet questions or notes during a conference …


How to Store Your Twitter Archive on Github Pages

It’s no secret that here at ProfHacker we’re interested in the ways Twitter can be used in higher education, and one of our favorite tools for working with Twitter is Martin Hawksey’s TAGS, “a free Google Sheet template which lets you setup and run automated collection of search results from Twitter.”

As Mark has written, Something cool you can do with Hawksey’s TAGS is create an automatically updated, publicly viewable archive of all of your Tweets. Mark keeps his archive on GoogleDrive, which…


EdTech Conference Etiquette: Tips from eLearning Africa

eLearning Africa participant discussion

I spend so much time smoothly meeting strangers online that it feels a lot more awkward going to events where I don’t have close friends or colleagues. I can handle being on my own for some time, but after a while I really want to be sitting next to someone I know at each session so we can talk about it, and have interesting companions at lunch. Why would you go to a conference if you aren’t going to network, right?

I was recently at eLearning Africa in Cairo, and I could only do a pre-conferen…


Turning Off the New, Worse Twitter

seagulls on a power line
As part of its own ongoing confusion about what it is (which is both a cause and consequence of this problem, Twitter has been on a campaign recently to worsen its service. The current version of this is to make Twitter more Facebook-ish by giving control of your timeline to its algorithms.

Until recently, the Twitter timeline was pretty easy to understand: it’s all the tweets, in reverse-chronological order (i.e., newest-on-top), that have been posted by people you follow. Then Twitter started…


Basic Twitter Analysis With twXplorer


There have been a number of posts here on ProfHacker about using Twitter, particularly around archiving tweets. Our favorite method has been Martin Hawksey’s free TAGS template for Google Sheets. But, there may be a situation when you want a quick analysis of activity around a certain hashtag or term (trending or otherwise) without the trouble of setting up a permanent archive.

Enter a new tool developed by Knight Lab out of Northwestern, the same folks who brought us the popular timeline.js pl…


Context Matters in Social Media

I’ve been thinking for a while that the real barrier to entry on Twitter is the layers of context you need to have in order to be able to navigate it well. I believe the reason you can have deep conversations in 140 characters aren’t because it’s easy to make deep and meaningful statements in 140 characters (though some people are masters at this), but rather because there are layers of contexts behind each 140 character statement, such that someone who is aware of the context gets so much more…


Making Live-Tweeting Easier with Noter Live

Got Hash Tag?

Conference season is upon us, with both the MLA and the AHA (among others) coming up this weekend.

Profhacker has a long list of posts about live-tweeting conference panels:

One of the challenges I’ve had in live-tweeting is keeping track of the hashtag, as well as the speakers’ …


When the Technology Changes on You

When we use technology extensively in our teaching (or work in general, really), how do we handle unexpected changes to that technology? Here are some thoughts and workarounds. (note: this was inspired by the recent change on Twitter from stars to hearts)

A Website Disappears

Someone recently tweeted about how a website suddenly disappeared a few hours before she was planning to use it in her class. I pointed her to the Wayback Machine (if you haven’t heard of this, it’s an internet archive – y…