Tweet and retweet

With my friend Jeff Delp’s permission, I’m sharing an exchange we just had over Twitter that provides yet another reason for using Twitter — it is a great way to share resources and have a quick conversation with people you know:

I read a great job description on my email, and because I’m the sort of person who shares cool things I come across, I tweeted this:

(on Twitter, it’s okay to spell words wrong — the idea is to get your message across in 140 characters or less)

When you want to direct a public tweet to someone, you use the @ sign, followed (without a space) by the person’s Twitter name.

And then Jeff and I went into direct message mode so that we could coordinate a time to catch up next week.  Nobody can see a direct message you send to someone else on Twitter.  It’s a private communication, whereas our main tweets are public.

Note that you can only direct message with someone who’s following you on Twitter.  Jeff and I already follow each other, so it was no problem.

Here’s our exchange:

Twitter is a great tool for connecting with busy educators.

I’ve also written about the value of Twitter in three earlier blog posts:

So please, if you are still thinking about Twitter, give it a shot.  Soon you, too, will be tweeting, retweeting, and connecting with the world 🙂

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About Steve Goldberg

I teach U.S. History at Research Triangle High School, a public charter school in Durham, NC, whose mission is to incubate, prove and scale innovative models of teaching and learning.
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