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What is Twitter?

Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as 'tweets' to a list of follows (, n.d.)

Twitter Screenshot

Why do I want Twitter?

Twitter allows you to...

  • Follow the conferences and you can feel as if you're almost there
  • Quickly send and recieve messages (tweets) while on the go
  • Send messages and quick notes/ideas to your class
  • Gain a following by posting insightful updates on topics that concern you and your research

Twitter at USD

USD Campus entities and departments frequently make their presence known in this social networking atmosphere by sending tweets with up-to-date information and event posities. These entities also use Twitter for marketing purposes, both to students within the university as well as to prospective sutdents.

Faculty members have also started to use Twtiter in the classroom to :

  • Engage students ina more meaningful way
  • Post authentic learning examples
  • Increase student-to-student and faculty-to-student interaction

Examples of USD Twitter Sites

Other well-known as educational "Twitterers" :

  • Sarah Evans, director of public relations at Elgin Community College-Social media in public relations
  • Jay Rosen, associate professor of journalism at New York University – Future of Journalism
  • Howard Rheingold, a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Dr. Ron, Professor of Communication and Researcher of Popular Culture

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How do I get Twitter?

Simply go to the Web site, and follow the steps necessary to create a free account.

If you are interested in exploring more that Twitter has to offer and using it in your classroom please email or come to one of our Social Media trainings!

Twitter Help and Information