What is Twitter
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a social network that has snowballed in popularity. Like any social network it is used to link friends, fans, and people with common interests - like mental health and learning!
What are the benefits of Twitter?
Twitter’s distinctive feature is that it limits messages (called tweets) to 140 characters. This means you can't easily have long conversations, but makes Twitter a great tool for resource sharing. The short messages make Twitter manageable for busy people and its simple format works well on mobile phones, making it easy to use when on the move.
Why does a mental health and learning e-project use Twitter?
Twitter is great for sharing information – which it what we use it for on the e-project site:
- News stories
- TV/Radio programmes
- Government policy documents
- Important articles and publications
- Resources developed by key organisations in the field
- E-project webinars
- Maintenance work on the e-project site
- Updated articles/material on the e-project site
- Flagging up interesting conversations going on in the forum
- Training events and conferences run by us and other key organsiations
How is your Twitter feed different from your Forums?
We don’t tend to use Twitter as a discussion forum. The technology behind Twitter uses makes it hard to hold group debates and for everyone to get involved. Our forums are much better suited for this, so they are where we hang out, chat, share ideas and build friendships. Twitter is where we keep each other in the loop about important developments in mental health and learning.
I’ve looked at Twitter and I’m confused! Is there a guide to how to use it?
Yes! Twitter is very simple to use, but can take some getting used to. There are plenty of excellent guides for people interested in learning how to Tweet. The official guide to twitter is a good starting point, and this YouTube video is a great introduction for more visual/audio learners. Your local library will likely have a book about Twitter, or be able to order you one.
I really hate Twitter and social networking, but the information you send out sounds useful. Is there another way I can get to it?
The key information on our twitter feed will also be included in our e-bulletin.