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What is Twitter?


  • Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service.
  • Twitter enables users to send and read 140 character long “tweets” (text-based messages.
  • Tweets are delivered to the author’s subscribers known as followers.
  • Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) on mobile devices etc.
  • Ranked 2nd on the Web for page views by Alexa
  • Search Twitter on a topic of interest
    Source: Wikipedia

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Twitter at USD

Academic Use

  • Twitter has high use on campuses, but not by undergraduate students. They are on Facebook, and SMS messaging.
  • Faculty and graduate students are more likely to be using Twitter.
  • Twitter tends to be used by organizations such as the Chronicle for Higher Learning and individuals.
  • The following are 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

Examples of academic use:

USD's Twitter page is located at: The Law School also has a Twitter presence along with USD's School of Education

Why do I want it?

  • Twitter is well-known for its ability to deliver newsworthy events at near real-time speeds. Here are a few benefits of Twitter use:

    • Can't attend a conference or event? Follow those that are and you can feel as if you're almost there.
    • Have a cell phone and message plan? Quickly send and recieve messages (tweets) while on the go.
    • Gain a following by posting insightful updates on topics that concern you.
    • Post event information, developing news, opinions and current happenings for group members and public.


How do I get it?

Joining Twitter is easy.  Simply go to the Web site, or from USD's page:, click on Join Today, and follow the steps necessary to create a free account.

If you are interested in further the tutorials below to help you get started see the tutorial within the next section below.

How Do I get Help or Information?

For a simple beginners tutorial, visit the "Newbie's guide to Twitter"

Search Twitter on a topic of interest

Create a free Twitter account

Contact the iTeam for additional assistance