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An information network

Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the accounts you find most compelling and follow the conversations.

At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called Tweets. Each Tweet is 140 characters long, but don't let the small size fool you—you can discover a lot in a little space. You can see photos, videos and conversations directly in Tweets to get the whole story at a glance, and all in one place. See it in action.

You don't have to tweet to get value from Twitter

You don't have to build a web page to surf the web, and you don't have to tweet to enjoy Twitter. Whether you tweet 100 times a day or never, you still have access to the voices and information surrounding all that interests you. You can contribute, or just listen in and retrieve up-to-the-second information. Visit fly.twitter.com to learn more about what's yours to discover.

Twitter around the world

Twitter was founded in San Francisco, but it's used by people in nearly every country in the world. The service is available in more than 20 languages, and we continue to add them. You can change your language preference in your user settings with just a few clicks.

Twitter on the go

Experience Twitter on your mobile device by using one of our free Twitter apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry and Windows 7. To get the latest apps, go to twitter.com/download on your mobile device.

Twitter for SMS

Twitter for SMS is an instant infrastructure for mobile communications. Individuals, businesses and social causes can use Twitter for SMS and our Fast Follow program to connect directly to anyone with a mobile phone. Here's a list of all the countries that offer Twitter for SMS; we are actively working to add even more.

Twitter in the Community

Twitter lends itself to cause and action. Every day, we are inspired by stories of people using Twitter to help make the world a better place in unexpected ways. Visit stories.twitter.com to learn more.

And with just a Tweet, millions of people learn about or show their support for positive initiatives that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Programs like Twitter Ads for Good offer a way for non-profit organizations to promote their efforts the same way as businesses can. As more community-centric organizations join the platform, citizens will increasingly engage with the efforts taking place to move their community forward. Follow @TwitterGood and @TwitterSF for more on these topics.


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Monday, January 28, 2013

Using twitter in the classroom is great–if you’ve got the bandwidth, apps, and hardware. And if students have signed Acceptable Use Policies on file. And so on. Pinterest user Dina Marcus recently pinned another idea for those who may lack any of the above–or maybe do use the real deal but want to follow that up with the best door in the hallway. We don’t have specifics, but from the looks of things it seems simple enough. Below are a...

Read more: Twitter Unplugged On Your Classroom Door


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The journey of a tweet is is a multi-step process that highlights the immediate interdependence of so many media today. When you publish something digitally, it seems to seek to connect on its own, whether through automatic cross-publishing, human sharing, or nuanced curation patterns (what’s the difference between an infographic shared on pinterest, a blog post, scoopit, or learnist?) 21st century learning relies in large part on the concept...

Read more: The Journey Of A Tweet: How Twitter Touches Everything


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Follow your interests: instant updates from your friends, industry experts, favorite celebrities, and what’s happening around the world. Get short bursts of timely information on the official Twitter for Mac app. Real-time search reveals breaking news, while trending topics show what’s happening around the world. Features: Find & follow friends, Tweet, Retweet, Favorite, Direct Message privately with your followers, share web pages, real-time search, and view trends. © Copyright...

Read more: Twitter – Twitter, Inc.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Twitter is among the simplest social media tools to use, but to use it well is another story. The following infographic from twiends.com (we found it on c4lpt.co.uk, a site we love) serves a visual guide to twitter, from picking a username to adding followers to using #hashtags and creating lists. You probably know most of this already, but we bet dollars to donuts you have a colleague on the fence about twitter–or just getting started–the could use...

Read more: Everything You Need To Know About Twitter: A Visual Guide


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

We’ve sung the praises of twitter in the classroom in the past–far and away our favorite social media tool of 2012. But while simple to use simply, it’s not the easiest tool to master. Thus this chart. Twitter, the popular social media platform, is continually picking up momentum in its number of users; however, I find many educators who are not tapping into the power of Twitter. The mystery that surrounds Twitter, I believe,...

Read more: Cheat Sheet: Twitter For Teachers


Sunday, January 27, 2013

I have been reflecting on how Twitter has changed the way I view professional development, professional connections, and learning in general. This past Wednesday evening, I was able to truly feel the power of what Social Media has done to expand my professional horizons and open the doors to so many learning possibilities. I participated in a Twitter chat (#BCCchat) with fellow learners from Australia. Toward the end of the chat I posted this: When I think about how I came to...

Read more: Twitter Connects and Expands by @PrincipalArc


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Like any medium, using twitter in the classroom can be as simple or complex as you’d like it to be. Kyle Lacy put together the following 140 twitter tips. While they were written for a marketing audience, I thought the vast majority of them overlapped with the twitter-needs of educators–and many professional fields in general–so here they are. A few highlights from the full list of 140:1. Twitter is a conversation. 2. Don’t auto follow (or auto unfollow)...

Read more: 140 Twitter Tips For A Better Social Media Experience


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Has twitter jumped the shark? Yesterday we’d have answered no, but after seeing these products we’re beginning to wonder. As a social media platform, twitter is so easy to love (Imagine Google+ products), but consumerism eventually gets to everyone. 5 Sure-Fire Signs Twitter Has Jumped The Shark. 1. Twitter Sneakers are oddly desirable, no? And high tops no less, making them perfect for dropping triple-doubles at the park. 2. A twitter chalkboard, for those times when the electricity...

Read more: 5 Sure-Fire Signs Twitter Has Jumped The Shark


Monday, December 17, 2012

With over 170 million active users and playing a significant role in media consumption, Twitter has turned into the go-to site for real-time updates and gathering snippets of info from those we’re interested in. Pretty much everyone knows how to put a tweet together and how to reply to users, but what about more advanced features such as shortcuts, apps and SEO. If you want to improve your knowledge or want to pick up a few...

Read more: 50 Twitter Tips And Tricks You’ve Probably Never Heard Of


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Twitter is one of those pieces of technology that people either love or hate. For the haters, it seems like a superfluous, narcissistic, even petty platform through which people who think they are more important than they really are share their most intimate details with the world. For those who love the medium, it is a way of filtering and digesting a vast world of digital information quickly and efficiently. Some even see...

Read more: 7 Ways Twitter Promotes 21st Century Learning


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Using social media in a modern learning environment seems easy, but that simplicity is often the result of how we think about it: new ways to accomplish old tasks. Below is a visual spectrum that offers 20 ideas for using twitter in a 21st century classroom. Many of these may not directly “fit” your grade level or content area and might function better as a kind of brainstorming to get your own thinking started.We’ve done this kind...

Read more: 20 Interesting Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom


Saturday, November 03, 2012

Using twitter is easy. Using it well is just a bit more complicated. Establishing twitter best practices can help clarify dos and don’ts, from the best time to tweet to basic twitter etiquette (follow those who follow you). What is interesting about the graphic below from NJI Media is that it is research and data-supported, adding credibility to the suggestions. 1. Tweet often–especially in the afternoon. 2. Engagement = Support. 3. #followback. 4. Share unique content. 5. Use twitter for live...

Read more: 5.5 Data-Supported Twitter Best Practices


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Twitter may have started off as a fun social media site for keeping up with friends and sharing updates about daily life, but it’s become much more than that for many users over the past few years as the site has evolved and grown.These days, Twitter is a powerhouse for marketing, communication, business, and even education, letting people from around the world work together, share ideas, and gain exposure. It has become a staple at...

Read more: 100 Twitter Tips For Teachers


Thursday, November 01, 2012

What is a hashtag? A word or phrase preceded by a “#.” How do hashtags work? Twitter can be a busy place with lots of tweets–and thus lots of “noise.” A #hashtag is a way to aggregate tweets that are appended with a hashtag. Picture it like a magnet that attracts all messages categorized by that topical word or phrase. Who can use hashtags? Anyone. When you tweet and want your message to be part of a larger conversation beyond your followers,...

Read more: The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags In Education


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The twitter bio is usually an afterthought for most people–something that they spend a few minutes putting together when they create an account, then forget about until updating it three years later. But the bio can be a critical matter of your “online brand” whether you want such a “brand” or not. The goal of your bio should be to clarify who you are, and to potentially attract new followers who...

Read more: 25 Twitter Bio Tips For Teachers


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

However evasive and polarizing the concept of “21st century learning” is, it’s clear that world students use information in is changing rapidly. It’s also clear that however the world looks in one hundred years, ideas, projects, and whimsical human chatter will be increasingly social. While the platforms of today are fragmented and linked only through APIs–code that allows facebook to “talk” to twitter, twitter to talk to pinterest, and so on–the 22nd century learner will likely...

Read more: 52 Twitter Hashtags For The 21st Century


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Why do we love twitter, the gargantuan social media platform that everyone loves but keeps their revenue models close to their vest? There are dozens of reasons–minor ways it improves offerings from facebook, Google, and other platforms seeking to make a mark of their own. For starters, you can follow without friending. You can access a dynamic streams of ideas and resources without ever saying a word. It’s streamlined–there are links and ideas, and that’s it. You can dialogue, monologue,...

Read more: 3 Key Factors That Makes Twitter The Single Best Social Media Tool


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Plenty of colleges are getting tuned in to all of the great things you can do with Twitter, but unfortunately, many high schools are still held back by restrictive social media policies. However, the lucky few who are able to take advantage of Twitter are already doing amazing things. Chatting with students in Pakistan, reporting high school football on the fly, and supplementing classroom discussion are just a few of the great ways high schools have...

Read more: 20 Ways High Schools Are Using Twitter In The Classroom


Tuesday, November 06, 2012

1. Send a link. 2. Express an opinion. 3. Follow innovative thought leaders. 4. Stalk conversations between people you respect. 5. Retweet a helpful link. 6. Respond to someone else’s tweet. 7. Have students use a tweet in a research project, then cite it using MLA rules. 8. See what your peers are complaining about. 9. Buy 5000 followers for $5, then wonder what on earth you’ve done. 10. Get ideas for technology integration. 11. Categorize twitter accounts by content...

Read more: What To Do On Twitter: 50 Ideas For Teachers


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Twitter used to be a simple micro-blogging service to allow brief messaging, content sharing and aggregation through hashtags, and social conversations. But with its incredible success comes a price: everything. Literally everything. According the infographic from cabletv.com/#blametwitter, there are more than 233 million tweets per day. A little math will tell you that for every 18,000 tweets, 1 hectacre of forest is lost. Also: For every tweet, 128 tons of CO2 released into the atmosphere. And oil? For...

Read more: (At Least) 15 Ways Twitter Is Digital Poison


Thursday, September 06, 2012

Between the cat images and celebrity garbage the Internet actually manages to boast educational potential. Considerable educational potential, in fact. Even that Twitter thing the kids are into these days, with its 140-characters and its perpetual haze of pound signs, has its uses–and quick, simple ways a bit more accessible than facebook. Here are 28 to get you started. 1. Instant feedback: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable both featured Monica Rankin, a history professor at University of Dallas, and discussed how she...

Read more: 28 Simple Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom


Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Education is a constantly evolving organism, with individual humans and institutions making up the cells and organs that keep it running. Some are bad, some are neutral, and some ensure its very survival in ways minor and major. And social media outlets such as Twitter enable them all to keep this crucial discussion about a basic human right constantly flowing. Whether you agree with what the following leaders and leading resources included, they still exert...

Read more: 50 Educator Twitter Accounts Worth Following


Monday, September 17, 2012

Although LinkedIn gets a lot of love as a professional social media site, Twitter is a force (and a cognitively fertile stream as well) that can’t be ignored by up-and-coming young professionals. It’s a great place to get connected and informed, and an especially good resource for growing professionally. But how exactly can you use Twitter for professional development? Check out our list to find 25 different ways.Maximize the space that you have in your...

Read more: 25 Simple Tips For A Better Twitter Experience


Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The landscape of social media changes almost too quickly to talk about, but there are trends that are worth a look, especially in regards to % of users, and time spent invested per visit, and daily. Twitter and facebook are decidedly different networks, so they really aren’t competitors in a strict sense, but being as though they compete for your time online, they can be thought of that way. In all likelihood, the majority of you have...

Read more: Twitter vs Facebook: Competing For Your Time


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Social media offers some great opportunities for learning in the classroom, bringing together the ability to collaborate, access worldwide resources, and find new and interesting ways to communicate in one easily accessible place. Teachers around the world have found innovative ways to use Twitter as a teaching tool (including TeachThought’s favorite), and we’ve shared many of these great ideas here with you. Read on, and we’ll explore 60 inspiring ways that teachers and students can put...

Read more: 60 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom By Category


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Twitter chats are a great resource for learning and networking, allowing academics from all over the world to come together on a regular basis to talk about what’s important in education. They’re also ideal for gaining authority and visibility in your field. Better yet, they’re happening all the time. Check out our list to find 50 of the best Twitter chats in academia (shared in no particular ranking), offering a great way to get connected and...

Read more: 50 Important Education Twitter Hashtags–With Meeting Times!

People found this review Helpful: 1 and Creative: 0 TeachThought

Monday, July 30, 2012

Recently TeachThought and Edudemic collaborated to produce the following spectrum for using twitter in the classroom. It is roughly structured to increase in complexity from left to right: Watch, which is passive. Talk, this adds interaction. Produce, which implies an even greater interaction between an audience, a purpose, and a media design–in this case, using twitter to actually produce something original. We’ll have more on this concept soon, including a similar spectrum for the iPad.

Read more: 25 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom By Complexity


Monday, July 23, 2012

Gone is the time when PowerPoint was the most impressive communication technology in the lecture hall. These days, students and professors enjoy the power of Twitter, a tool that allows for digital discussions to supplement and even guide lecture sessions. So how exactly is Twitter changing the college lecture as we know it? Read on to find out about 10 different ways. 1. Mobile devices are welcome in the lecture hall once again. Not long ago...

Read more: 10 Ways Twitter Is Reinventing the College Lecture


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

As a social media platform, twitter is extremely likeable. Offering quick bits of information, a dynamic stream that looks great on desktop and mobile devices, and a variety of ways to communicate from #hashtags to @messaging to micro-blogging and link distribution, twitter works, and unlike facebook, blogging, and other digital tools, when something does indeed “Fail” on twitter, the overwhelming number of tweets quickly covers the mistake. The best I’ve heard explanation we’ve heard for the difference...

Read more: 10 Reasons Twitter Works In Education

People found this review Helpful: 1 and Creative: 0 Elizabeth Hanton

Monday, September 03, 2012

I have used Twitter for at least a year. It is a great tool for finding resources, hints and ideas about teaching. I follow English teachers from throughout the country as well as abroad. It is useful for whole school information. For example, I follow Literacy experts and companies. I also follow organisations linked to teaching to find out their latest news. Most unions, supply agencies, subject associations and news companies have Twitter feeds.

I would not feel completely confident using this tool with a class and would not use it for students to follow me yet as there are some drawbacks. I sometimes get messages to follow some dubious people. I ignore them and the message has usually been deleted within a few hours. Also, a disgruntled student could write anything they like, which can be worrying.

Overall, a great way to network and find inspiration. I would recommend other teachers follow other teachers.
Andrea Newby

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I have used Twitter to stay connected with the school community. I can keep track of important dates, information, and news by following our school's Twitter account. Twitter also makes it easy for me to follow other teachers and educational institutions so that I can stay on top of the most current trends in teaching. I have also used it to connect to other classrooms so that my students know what school is like in other cities, states and countries.
Kathleen Webber

Humanities Teacher at Union Catholic Regional High School

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

First and foremost, I use twitter to share and gather ideas about education. I also use it to participate in book and reading discussions. With regard to my school community, I often tweet about school events, such as pep rallies, sports events, and awards. I also use it to remind students/parents/guardians about assignments and upcoming assessments. I use it to engage in casual conversations with my students, especially those who have graduated. I did participate in a twitter project at my school where students used twitter to research areas of government funding. Faculty and alumni shared articles and quotes about different areas that needed funding and students had to decide which area was most important and deserved the most funding. Overall, students were very engaged in the project.
People found this review Helpful: 0 and Creative: 1 Julie Pickar

Early Childhood Ed Teacher and Freelance Copy Editor

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Twitter is one of many social networking services where you can connect with other educating professionals in either your close network of colleagues or those you have never met. It is a great way to exchange ideas with other teachers and learn from them.

Twitter can also be used by educators in the classroom by sending messages (also known as "tweets") about homework assignments or what may be going on the class on any given day. Students are then able to "follow" their teacher's tweets and avoid risking missing assignments. I recommend Twitter as a fun, casual way for teachers to communicate with their students.
Stanley Crawford

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Twitter is a great platform for communicating with other people about any topic that you choose. You can connect with people from around the world. Twitter messages, known as tweets, can be added to a web site, as well. In addition, Twitter can be used as a platform to send information to individuals who choose to follow you. I have used Twitter to make connections with other educators from across the United States.
Kristen Paino

Technology Integrator at Avenues: The World School

Saturday, June 09, 2012

One of the best tools to connect, collaborate, and share ideas with other educators from around the world! Through the power of twitter, I have found many teachers to join my classroom projects. My PLN (personal learning network) is the best!

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