A great tool for short 140 or less characters. It is very nice for quick updates, sporting events, updates on new books, announcements… Check out GSD and #TuesdayTrivia, or #ThrowbackThursday links below.
This is where the hashtags (#) have made their stay. Hashtags are just a way to group things. Anyone can hashtag something and many different users posts will appear. However an @TheOlyCenter will show up only at theolycenter (Library) and for the user who posted it. I'll get a notification (in Twitter and an e-mail) and can chose to retweet it or not.
Think of it this way;
- @ = a single location or user (@TheOlyCenter, @LibraryMediaGSD @GraniteSchools)
- # = a group discussion or topic (#tuesdaytrivia, #throwbackthursday, #bannedbooks, #graniteedtech)
I tell people that if they want me to post something on twitter to have them post it and tag it us using @Olympus_High. But be careful of #(hashtags) as anyone can # anything! Both # and @ show up as "links" on twitter.
Another wonderful feature is that I put an rss feed in an iframe on our webpage and "TV's". That sounds so nerdy! Instead of updating our school webpage It is easier/faster to send a tweet and it goes to our school website. If someone else such as the counseling center, football team.. ETC… (from GSD) tags me (our school) I get a message and can retweet it. Then their tweet shows up on our school webpage! Slick.
My concern or question is.... Should I, as Olympus High, (Or, the Library) follow students?
- No. I want my page, profile clean of personal posts from individuals and only to show School/Educational events
- Yes. Get the kids involved and excited about being followed.
Best thing is that you can have multiple accounts on one device. Except a computer! I manage 3 on my phone. Olympus High, The Oly Center (library), and me. I do not post much as me personally put do update the other two quite often. As with Facebook I do try to have other (employees) post things as well. It is not a one person job… unless it is their job!
I also have my (Library account) set up so that whatever I tweet gets sent to my school face page too! Even here at my Weebly blog I have an option to send my blog update to Facebook and Twitter. I only send it to twitter and let twitter send it to Facebook.
Good or bad…? I may or may not have logged in to the account an SBO’s phone so that they may tweet on behalf of the school as well. No I did not give them the password - that would be a different issue altogether.
It is interesting (ironic) that Facebook will allow other users to post but will only allow one log-in (or account) on a device at a time. But twitter will allow many account on a device but not let others post! (Go figure!)
Over all, yeah it’s a crazy interconnected social media world. Is my way the best? Of course not but it works for me. Were do Instagram, tumblr, pinterest, etc, all fit in… Who knows!
Summary? Use it. But use as whom? Again I like to keep my personal life out of work/school. Everyone has personal, political, religious viewpoints and various interests. Keep them away from your captive audience.
BTW ... I know this posts jumps around a lot and is not well written. Sorry.