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Anatomy of A Tweet- Must See Guide for Teachers

Using Twitter for educational purposes starts with understanding how this social networking and microblogging platform works. This is best done via going through the tutorials found in its FAQ page or through videos other volunteers created and posted in YouTube or Vimeo.

Now that your students have understood how to create their profile on Twitter, they will need to know what a tweet is all about. This is where "anatomy of a tweet" comes in handy. By dissecting the tweet into its constituent parts and showing students what each part is about, they will not only make a head start in tweeting but will also transform their tweeting experience.

Anatomy of a tweet is a phrase I learned from SandyK's blog. Sandy took the following tweet and decoded it in such a way that it becomes easier for students to know what each part represent.

1- Avatar
This can be a photo or any other graphic that a user is known by. The importance of an avatar is that it leads you when you click on it to a shortened version of that person's profile where you can learn more about him\her.

2- Tweeter's name
This is the name of the person sending the Tweet. It might be their real name but several people prefer to use pseudo names.

3- Twitter username or handle
This is a name by which a tweeter is known in the twitter community. For instance my Twitter handle is @medkh9

4- Shortened URL
These are links that lead to external websites that Tweeters share in their tweets. By default, Twitter uses a number of shortening services to shorten the URL of a website to fit in within the 140 character limit, Bitly is one of these tools.

Related: 7 Step to Grow professionally Using Twitter

5- Tweet Text
This is the substance of the tweet or the message the tweeter is sending to his\her followers

6- Hashtags
Hashtags are used to create a community around a topic. I have already posted here a detailed guide on what a hashtag is and how teachers can use them to create PLNs, check out the guide HERE.

7- Time\ Date
This indicates the time and date of the tweet, when it was sent.

8- RT
Indicates a "Re-Tweet", or re-posting of someone else's Tweet.

9- Mention of Another Twitter User 
To mention another tweeter in your tweet all you have to do is incude @ followed by that person's handle or twitter name.

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