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One Week of Twitter

September 27, 2009

Our One Week of Twitter assignment begins on Monday, September 28, and will end at midnight on October 5. Your blog post about this experience is due before class on October 12.

Setting Up Your Twitter Account

  1. Go to Twitter. Click Get Started, and sign up. I prefer it if you use some version of your first and last name as your Twitter ID. (Avoid putting numbers in your Twitter ID, or you may appear like a spammer.)
  2. Upload a photo or avatar.
  3. Write a brief (140-character or fewer) bio. It’s good to mention that you’re a Georgia Southern student.
  4. Send a tweet saying “I’m a student in @barbaranixon’s #FYE1220 class” or something similar. Be sure to include the #FYE1220 indicator. [See this short article on why to use the # (hashtag).]

Setting Up Your Following List

  1. UPDATE: Visit to find an easy way to follow everyone in the class at once.
  2. Visit the Twitter search page for #FYE1220. Most of the people you see in this search will be your classmates.
  3. Click on the name of your classmate.
  4. When the Twitter page loads, click the Follow button.
  5. Repeat this process for at least 20 people in the class (preferably everyone!), including me.
  6. Also, follow at least five of the following: Brett Pohlman, Chris Brogan, Geoff Livingston, Todd Defren, Christopher S. Penn, Jeremy Pepper, Jeremiah Owyang, Scott Monty (Ford), Twitter_TipsComCast Cares, Georgia Southern University . . . or others in the field of PR or another field of your choosing. (NOTE: It’s possible that some of these people may not follow you back. That’s fine. You will learn from them anyway.)
  7. You can have your Twitter tweets automatically update your Facebook status, if you want. (This is not required.)

Using Twitter

  1. Over the course of the next week, send at least twenty tweets (Twitter messages of 140 characters or less). Your tweets could concern something you’re doing or perhaps point others to something interesting or funny you read online. Maybe you could even pose a question that you’d like others to answer.
  2. Also, respond to at least five of your classmates’ tweets. To respond, click on the arrow after a tweet. Or you can type the @ symbol followed immediately by a username (such as @barbaranixon).

Additional Information

  1. Review my tips on how college students can use Twitter to their advantage.
  2. Review Prof. Sam Bradley’s College Student’s Guide: Twitter 101.
  3. After the week is over, add a 250-word (minimum) post to your blog about the experience and what you got out of it. Be sure to include at least one way you might find value in continuing your account in Twitter. This blog post is due before class on October 12.
  4. After this official assignment is over, please continue to visit Twitter and post/reply at least a few times a week.

Questions? Just send me a DM (direct message) or an @ (reply) in Twitter!

NOTE: Many thanks to Kaye Sweetser and Karen Russell for their ideas prompting this assignment.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2009 10:36 am

    Thanks for the link! Comments are always welcome, as students’ feedback is especially valuable in the conversation.


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