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The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About


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You might be interested in my updated Here Is Who I Recommend You Follow On Twitter list

As regular readers know, I recently joined Twitter and have had a good experience with it, though I’m skeptical that it will attract a following among teachers beyond those particularly interested in educational technology (see My Verdict On Twitter).

In that previous post, I some sites that I found particularly helpful to me as I began to “tweet.” I thought others new to Twitter might find it useful for me to slightly enlarge that list, and so another “The Best…” list is born.

The title of each resource is pretty self-explanatory, so I’m just going to list them.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About (Except for the first one, they’re not listed in any particular order of preference):

Start off with What Is Twitter? by Sue Waters

Twitter Handbook For Teachers (thanks to Richard Byrne for the tip)

The Truth About Twitter

The Top 13 Twitter Don’ts

How To Use Twitter

The Top 7 Mistakes New Twitter Users Make

Ten Twitter Misconceptions

Twitter Tips For Teachers

Seven Ways To Find Teachers On Twitter

Twitter In Plain English

A Quick Introduction To Twitter

How Not To Build Your Twitter Community

The 10 Users You’ll Meet On Twitter

The Top 10 Reasons I Will Not Follow You In Return On Twitter

What Is This Twitter Thing, And Why Should I Care?

Nick Peachey writes about Building Your Twitter Network, with a focus on ELT/ESL teachers.

100 Tips To Be A Smarter, Better Twitterer (thanks to Diana Dell for the tip)

All You Need To Know To Twitter from the NY Times.

The Top 7 Twitter Tutorials On YouTube

TIME Magazine has published an article titled How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live.  That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it is an interesting article.

Everything I Need to Know About Twitter I Learned in J School is a useful post from Mashable.

To Tweet Or Not To Tweet

Top … ELT People To Follow On Twitter

Mashable has just written an excellent post titled Twitter for Beginners: 5 Steps for Better Tweeting.

Twitter for teachers – why you should start tweeting!

Shelly Terrell has created three great lists of educators to follow on Twitter. One is of people who help others with questions, another ESL/EFL teachers, and the third focuses on people who tweet about edtech resources.

Not only did she make these lists, but she created them using nifty web tools that let you easily & quickly “follow” them!

How To Use Twitter Lists

Getting the Most Out of Twitter is the title of a new article in the New York Times . It’s short and helpful to all Twitter users–both new and old.

“The Path To 10 Billion Tweets” is a nice-looking infographic giving you a ton of information about Twitter.

Caution: Mind-Blowing Twitter Infographics shows some….informative infographics about Twitter.

Twitter Starts Teaching You How To Tweet With Videos is the title of a TechCrunch post that several new short videos Twitter itself has made to help people understand how to use the service.

Seven top tips for building your professional learning network with Twitter is a short post by Helen Whitehead. It offers some great suggestions.

Sue Waters has done it again by writing a great instructional post. This time, it’s A Twitteraholic’s Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter.

Listorious seems like a great way to find people to follow on Twitter. Type in, or click on, your topic of interest and you can then see who has made lists of people for that topic.

What is Twitter and how I use it? is a great post with many screenshots by Lorna Costantini. It’s perfect for people new to Twitter.

“Twitter 2010: Year In Review” is a pretty interesting series of infographics from Twitter.

Russell Stannard has done it again and created several excellent screencasts to introduce Twitter to new users.

“Mom, This Is How Twitter Works — Not Just For Moms” is a great visual and text explanation of how Twitter works.

If these resources aren’t enough for you, then you can visit “25 Important Twitter Guides and Apps For Teachers.” It’s a nice list by the EDUemic blog.

In another example of my many ed tech blindspots, I didn’t even know that Twitter had an Advanced Search Option until I read a post by Richard Byrne. You can go to his post to see a video about how to use it, as well as see other links he has about maximizing Twitter use.

There are two regularly scheduled Twitter “chats” for ESL/EFL teachers, and they’re both great professional development opportunities to connect with colleagues from afar.

One is #ELLCHAT, which has a Facebook page. Those take place on Mondays.

The other is #ELTCHAT, which takes place on Wednesdays. It has a webpage.

Here are two resources offering simple details on how best to participate in these kinds of Twitter Chats:

How to Participate in a Twitter Chat

How to Participate in a Twitter Chat Session

An Educators Guide To Twitter, compiled by Steven Anderson.

A list of educational chats on Twitter, compiled by Cybraryman.

A slideshow on the difference between Facebook and Twitter.

INFOGRAPHIC: Amazing Twitter Facts And Figures is pretty interesting.

Twitter’s Secret Handshake is a very interesting article in The New York Times about hashtags.

What Do Teachers Do On Twitter? is a nice slideshow presentation.

Use Twitter? Always Remember These Three Things is an article from The New York Times.

All About Twitter Hashtags is a useful post.

Cybrary Man has a great page of information about how to participate in a chat on Twitter.

Twijector displays tweets using a particular hashtag on an attractive screen that can be displayed at conferences. It can also be used by people who just want to view tweets using a hashtag, like in one of the many educational chats.

How To Twitter Effectively is a helpful infographic.

Teachers Teaching Teachers, on Twitter: Q. and A. on ‘Edchats’ is from The New York Times Learning Network.

“What’s Up” is a fascinating tool that lets you easily explore the most popular subjects on Twitter for any day or for any hour of that day. The Information Aesthetics blog has more information about the site.

If you want to know how to participate in a Chat on Twitter, Read Write Web just posted How to Get Started With Twitter Chats.

10 New Twitter Tools That Will Get You Tweeting is a useful post worth checking-out.

Facebook and Twitter Guides For Educators comes from Smartboard Goodies.

10 Tips on Using Twitter Wisely is from Read Write Web.

I’m also adding The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags

Twitter Just Made It Really Easy To Find Out If Another User Is Following You is a post some useful information for those of us on Twitter (it just makes it easier to determine if you can someone a Direct Message or not).

I recently discovered that Tweetdeck now has a Web version. It seems very comparable to the deskstop app. However, there is one important difference. When you retweet in the desktop app, you retweet in the “old” way — it shows your name as part of the tweet. The Web version retweets are in the “new” Twitter style.

A Beginner’s Guide to Twitter is from Read Write Web.

Nine Things You Didn’t Know About Twitter is from The New York Times.

How to Get More Clicks on Twitter is a useful infographic.

Be Better at Twitter: The Definitive, Data-Driven Guide is from The Atlantic.

The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2012 from TIME.

Leveraging Your PLN With Hashtags comes from the Powerful Learning Practice blog.

My Account Has Been Compromised is good advice from Twitter.

Teaching Teachers to Tweet is from Education Week.

Easy New Way To Subscribe To Twitter Via RSS

This Is Pretty Neat — You Can Now Tweet An Image That’s Interactive

This is a minor issue, but Twitter has announced that all users have the ability to upload a “header and background photos” on their profile page.

They have a short and sweet video showing how to do it:

With TweetChat Offline, What Websites are Best for Twitter Edchats? is from Wesley Fryer.

Finally, You Can Search All Your Tweets (& Everybody Else’s, Too)

Twitter for Teachers Infographic

Twitter for Teachers

This is Why No One Follows You On Twitter is from Mashable.

Twitter Illiterate? Mastering the @BC’s is from The New York Times.

Will TweetDeck’s New Custom Timelines Kill-Off Storify?

Today, I learned about two new Twitter apps.

The first one, which I think could be very useful, is called Nuzzel. Once you log-into the site using your Twitter (or Facebook) account, you’re shown a list of the articles that the people you follow on Twitter are sharing the most. The link is shown first, and then the tweets from the people you follow about it. I think it could really save a lot of time. You can read more about it in The New York Times.

The other site, which is intriguing but I’m not sure how much added-benefit it could bring, is called Nurph. You can read more about it at TechCrunch, but it appears to turn a hashtag conversation into a sort of chatroom (and also lets you replay the tweets in video form). It might, or might not, be an alternative tool for use in Twitter Chats.

Getting Started on Twitter (for English Language Teachers) is from “AnthonyTeacher.”

Hashtags, Twitter Chats and TweetDeck for Education is from The Edublogger.

Twitter education chats: An astonishing source of professional development is from Scholastic.

Twitter Demystified: How To RT, MT, #FF And Fave Like A Pro is from ReadWrite.

Go Ahead-Take Control is from EdChatma.

Please include attribution to HubSpot with this graphic.

Twitter Conversion Data HubSpot

Twitter’s New “Retweet With Comment” Feature Is Pretty Cool…

3 Tools to Easily Participate in Twitter Chats is from Instructional Tech Talk.

Twitter unveiled a new option of creating polls on the service. Here’s a good guide on how to use this new feature.

Three Useful Videos Celebrating Twitter’s Tenth Anniversary Today

Twitter Makes Some Changes, But Not Two Of The Most Important Ones

The 5 Best Tools for Twitter Chats is from Razor Social.

How to Use Twitter is a great guide from one of The NY Times social media staff.

Twitter has now made it easier to create “Tweetstorms” or “threaded Tweets.”  These are basically multi-part tweets communicating a wider message.  If you use the Twitter app or website, you just click on the “+” sign.  It’s still not available on Tweetdeck, however.  You can read more about it at The Verge.

This bot unrolls Twitter threads and turns them into readable blog posts is a TechCrunch post that makes Twitter “threads” (multiple consecutive tweets about the same subject) more easily readable.

Late last year, Twitter began testing a “bookmark” feature where you could save tweets you wanted to read later (instead of having to “like” them with the heart icon).  It became available on my Twitter Mobile app last night and seems useful.  I’m not sure, though, how widely available it has become.

Suggestions and feedback, as always, are welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. I’m also on Twitter and have found it a really useful way to build networks of people who are interested in the same things, thereby developing your own knowledge of your subject. I was particularly pleased to get a RT from you Larry, so thanks for that 🙂

  2. Good resources. Here’s a shameless plug for my own:

    “What is this Twitter thing and why should I care?”

  3. Thanks for the great resources! I will be sharing your blog with my Master’s class. I’m trying to get the other teachers to see the value in Twitter as a collaboration tool for all teachers.

  4. Hi Larry

    Thanks for putting up the ‘Twitter Handbook for Teachers’ on your list. As someone using your ‘lists’ quite a bit, it’s a thrill to be on one 🙂

    I noted the ‘acknowledgment’ as well (Sue Waters spoke to me about that one, she got a heap of mail and kept deflecting to me).

    You may wish to correct the link here to That’s the post that has the ‘Handbook’ in it (and within it the Why Twitter? slideshow as well).

    I have noticed from reading your background and interest that we share quite a few common interests (not just ed-tech but migrant, ESL students – my Masters thesis was on the negotiation of their identity).

    Thanks for all your hard work, I sincerely hope we bump into each other one day too (I’ll just keep nagging Sue for that).


  5. Thanks for including me in your list, much appreciated.

  6. Dear Larry,

    Thanks for sharing great resources with us. I’m glad that you included my article as well:-))

    All the best,


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  8. Thanks for the post. I’ve found Twitter to be a wonderful resource for lots of reasons. Most importantly, Twitter has connected me with people passionate about integrating technology in exciting and meaningful ways. The learning professionals I’ve come into contact with, particularly you Larry, have given me the confidence to present on building a PLN to the district September 30th.

  9. Hi Larry,
    Your ELL’s might also like this one: How to Use Twitter: an Easy Guide for ESL learners. (with vocabulary)
    Initially had a lot of interest from learners interested in improving their English one line at a time. Many signed up and tried it out. Now the question is how to keep them tweeting?

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  12. What a fine tool Twitter is for having other great minds cull through and present useful learning. Thanks to all of you for taking the time!

  13. Larry,

    Twitter has powerful potential for spreading information directly and indirectly. Never under estimate the power of your posts and the ripples you create. Those who follow you on Twitter and through your blog may be interested in your tech savvy, but the infusion of ELL/ESL is palpable. Your knowledge and expertise are shared by those who follow with colleagues who do not but influence and impact ELL/ESL instruction, none the less. Thanks for sharing your wisdom, I know that I am better personally and professionally because of it!

  14. Thanks Larry for putting together this list and including my post on participating in Twitter Chats as a resource. They have certainly helped me connect with people who have similar passions but can add new dimensions to my efforts. I rarely go a week without a great Twitter chat & some great learning!

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  16. I’m an ex-principal new to social networking trying to find a way my colleagues can keep abreast of what is happening in ICT and elearning. Trying twitter and RSS feeds intersecting with delicious. Is it a way that overworked leaders can keep touch? Will be interested to see how I feel about this in a couple of months.

    Thanks for your great resources. Cheers from NZ

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  18. Adding a recent one of my own, published on the Powerful Learning Practice blog, Voices From the Learning Revolution:

    Appreciate your work and all 730 lists! 🙂

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  20. Awesome set of resources – thanks 🙂

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