All Things Twitter

Getting Started With Twitter

Twitter has it's own internal language - tweets, retweets, direct messages, hashtags, @username, etc. If you're new to Twitter, the Twitter Glossary is essential reading for getting up to speed.

Step 1. Sign up for Twitter.

Step 2. Customize your profile.

Step 3. Follow @helloworldciv.

Step 4. Send your first tweet (include #hwc111 and any other hashtag relevant to your tweet)

Step 5. Set up Tweetdeck and add a column for #hwc111 and/or any other hashtags we use for primary source or in-class tweets. Optional, but recommended and highly useful for following hashtags. For those of you with separate personal and class accounts, you can connect both and decide which to tweet from.

Step 6. Download the Twitter app to your phone. Again, completely optional, but very useful for notifications and using Twitter in class.

Good to Know About Twitter

Reading & Writing

  1. Lifehack has some solid advice ("write and then rewrite") for getting your point across in 140 characters. 
  2. Grammar is fast and loose on Twitter. It's okay to neglect punctuation and use abbreviations. Just make sure it stays readable.
  3. Hashtags are how you connect. Always include them.
  4. Links are reformatted to 22 characters on Twitter, regardless of how short or long they were before.
  5. The advanced search options are awesome for research - or for finding that tweet you know exists, but can't remember where you saw it.

Staying Safe

  1. Feel free to use a pseudonym (a name other than your own) on Twitter. The only thing prohibited is pretending to be someone you aren't - and there are even provisions for parody accounts. (For the class, The only person who has to know your IRL identity is Prof. Bennett.)
  2. There will be marketing spam. You can block them.
  3. It's fine to protect your tweets so only followers can read them. (Just please accept @helloworldciv as a follower :) )
  4. If you notice or receive abusive behavior on Twitter, there are procedures for reporting abusive behavior.

Heather Bennett

Professor, feminist, sci-fi geek. Historian interested in pedagogy, technology, gender/sexuality, archives, pop culture, medicine, intellectual history, world history.