Tag Archives: Twitter

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Getting Started on Academic Twitter v2.0

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At this year’s MLA Convention, I was invited to give a workshop on getting started on social media, namely, Twitter. It was an interesting full-circle moment for me, as is writing this piece; my first ProfHacker appearance was because of my virtual participation at MLA11.

I’ve written recently for ProfHacker about why I still find Twitter valuable. And apparently, many academics are, if not seeing the value, then at least interested enough to attend a session by me at the MLA Convention in 2017…

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Are You on Mastodon Yet? Social Network of Our Own

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Have you heard of Mastodon.social? Several of the edtech/digped people started appearing there over Thanksgiving weekend, thanks in part to this article, touting Mastodon as the open source alternative to Twitter. According to their “About” page:

“Mastodon is a free, open-source social network server. A decentralized alternative to commercial platforms, it avoids the risks of a single company monopolizing your communication. Anyone can run Mastodon and participate in the social network seamle…

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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 …

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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 …

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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…

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EdTech Conference Etiquette: Tips from eLearning Africa

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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…

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Turning Off the New, Worse Twitter

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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…

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Basic Twitter Analysis With twXplorer

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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…

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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…