Friday, December 11, 2015

10. Replies and Mentions

In addition to tweeting and retweeting, you can also REPLY to a tweet. The reply button is the backwards arrow, right next to the retweet icon.

How to reply. When you click on the reply icon, it will pop open a tweet composing box with the person's handle already included with the @ symbol. If the tweet is a retweet, the handle of both the original tweeter and the retweeter will be included. For example, here's what happens when I reply to Mark Morvant's retweet of Michelle Pacansky-Brock's tweet that you saw earlier:

You can then type whatever you want with the characters you have left, and then click the Tweet button to publish your reply.

Replies and handles. As you can see, the @(handles) are at the beginning of the tweet, which is what makes the tweet a "reply" and that means the person(s) whose handles are included in the tweet will get a notification about your tweet. You'll learn more about notifications later.

MENTIONS. Meanwhile, you can also include someone's handle with an @ sign anywhere in a tweet. That tweet will not be a reply, but the person will get a notification of the tweet. So, remember: when you mention someone in a tweet with the @ sign and their Twitter handle, they will get a notification.

So, for your final activity of this stage of the Bootcamp, compose a tweet where you include my handle in the tweet. I'll get the notification, and I'll be sure to reply to you so that you can see what it's like to get a reply to your tweet. Just create a new tweet, and include my handle somewhere in the text of your tweet: @OnlineCrsLady.

After you have tweeted that tweet, you are all done with today's Bootcamp: congratulations!

NEXT STEP => If you have more time to play with Twitter, you can practice some more with today's activities, or you can move on to the next day of the Bootcamp now. Enjoy!

Twitter in the Classroom: I have been focusing on the use of Twitter for your own PLN (personal learning network) online, but there are lots of teachers who are also using Twitter for teaching in the classroom. You might consider doing that too! Here's a graphic to help open up some possibilities: Twitter in the Classroom (click the image for a full-sized view). Before you move on to Stage 2 of the Bootcamp, you might think about whether this is an aspect of Twitter that could be useful to you. Here are some more possibilities for using Twitter with students.

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