Social Media Teaching
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By Jeffrey R. Young West Lafayette, Ind. Maybe Sugato Chakravarty should wear a helmet to class.
I love Twitter.com . I usually post a couple of items a day, on average, and tend to follow and interact others who also post in a moderate fashion. Some people post dozens of twits a day and use Twitter as a kind of instant messaging client. I see, and use it, more as a mini-blog.
I do not use a textbook. It is not that I dislike textbooks. It is that my textbook is the web.
More and more people are covering live events and breaking news via Twitter — and usually there are several Twitter users covering the same event. Hashtags are a handy tool for pulling together such disparate coverage. A hashtag is just a short character string preceded by a hash sign (#). This effectively tags your tweets — allowing people to easily find and aggregate tweets related to the event being covered. If you’re live-tweeting, you’ll want to know and use an appropriate hashtag.