“In”-class assignment #4 – Twitter

Ordinarily we’d kick this one off in class, but as of this morning, my voice has completely left me. Instead, I’ll walk you through today’s exercis via the magic of the internet! In next Tuesday’s class, we’ll be doing a special project with several other schools – you do NOT want to miss class, for a variety of reasons – so today we need to get to know Twitter (if you already do, congratulations, this will be super easy). This “in”-class assignment will get you started (if you’re not already). The requirements are simple:

  • Create a Twitter account and post your handle as a comment to this page. You may use your existing account if you have one, or you may create a new account if you’d like to keep your existing account private. Due: In class (by the end of the day), Thursday, September 19.
    • NOTE: Your profile must be publicly accessible (because I have to be able to read it to grade you)
  • Create a Twitter Timeline widget linked to the account you’ll be using for class and add it to your sidebar (in your Dashboard under Appearance > Widgets – NOTE: Use the “Twitter Timeline,” not “Twitter” widget). Due: In class (by the end of the day), Thursday, September 19.
  • Start/continue following:
    • Follow me (@thebobthe) and each of your classmates (20 of them).
    • Follow ReadWrite (@rww) and Mashable (@mashable)
    • Find at least 30 other people/organizations/whatever to follow. Yes, that may seem like a lot, but in Twitter terms it’s really not. A good place to start is the blogs in your blogroll – most will have a Twitter handle.
    • Due: Noon, Friday, September 20.
  • Post at least 10 tweets, each incorporating one or more of the following:
    • links (if you don’t have an automatic link shortener, I strongly recommend tiny.url or bit.ly (now requires registration)
    • hashtags
    • retweets
    • In addition, at least a few of these should include the #WVUblogJ tag (and be relevant to this class!).
    • Due: Noon, Monday, September 23.

Even if you’re an established Twitter user, this assignment should have you ready to tweet when you show up for class on Tuesday. See you then!

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33 Responses to “In”-class assignment #4 – Twitter

  1. rachelwvu says:

    Hi! So do we physically come to class today?

  2. ebuchman5 says:

    My twitter handle is @evabuchman and it is publicly accessible!

  3. kevinmduvall says:

    Mine is @fakekevinduvall.

  4. frostedtsaar says:

    @frostedtsaar ! That’s me.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Looks like your Twitter Timeline widget isn’t set up correctly. Make sure you’re using Twitter Timeline (not Twitter) in the widgets list – that requires creating a widget through Twitter and copying the user ID it gives you. See the links above.

  5. Does the Twitter widget not work on some themes?

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Looks like your Twitter Timeline widget isn’t set up correctly. Make sure you’re using Twitter Timeline (not Twitter) in the widgets list – that requires creating a widget through Twitter and copying the user ID it gives you. See the links above.

  6. kevinmduvall says:

    Does find at least 30 other people to follow mean find 30 in addition to what we already have, or to have at least 30 total (other than the students in this class)? In other words, if I was already following 100 Twitter feeds before this assignment, do I still need 30 more?

    • aaaaaargh says:

      The latter – if you’re already following 100, just add your classmates and you’re done. Well, you SHOULD add some feeds from your blogroll and sources that complement your theme as well.

  7. samanthacart says:

    Is there any particular way we need to let you know that we followed our classmates/30 other Twitter feeds or will you just look at our accounts?

  8. karleapack says:

    Wait! I lied before. I forgot my google account password so I couldn’t get into my account to add the timeline. My bad, guys!

    NEW twitter handle: @MissKPackk

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