Day 8 of #YSJ10DoT: Using Twitter Lists & Tweetchats Revisited!

Twitter iPhone appOver the last 7 days, you may have found that as you continue to use Twitter, you come across more and more interesting people to follow and your following grows exponentially. Keeping track of them all can be a challenge, and sometimes you will want to focus on certain groups of them over others, or check in on some people only sporadically. This is hard to do in the undifferentiated stream of tweets on your Twitter feed, where they are all mixed in together. Fortunately, there are ways to split up your Twitter stream and group the people you follow into separate streams, so you can keep an eye on their tweets as it suits you.

You might want to group the people you follow into any of the categories that we looked at in Day Three. Some examples might be:

  • Colleagues or services at your institution
  • Colleagues and peers across the country/world in a particular field
  • Professional or funding bodies
  • News accounts
  • Social, personal or fun accounts

Twitter Lists

Twitter has a feature which allows you to make lists of people – and you need not follow all of them to add them to a list. These lists can be private, so only you can see them, or they might be public so you can share them with others. We created such a list for the participants of this course on Day 2 (#YSJ10DoT 2015 List), so you could find each other on Day 3. We also try to maintain a list of all YSJ Twitterers. You might create such a list for the benefit of others, for example, to bring together the attendees at a workshop or conference, or the top accounts on a particular topic which you recommend other people should follow. You can share a list by giving people the URL of the list page, or let them view the lists you’ve created on your profile, where they can subscribe to your lists too. You could, for example, foster an online community or resource-sharing stream by creating a list of student tweeters on a programme or module, as City University have done for the tweeters on the class of 2013 Journalism programme.


Screenshot of creating a Twitter list

To create a list on Twitter

To create a list on Twitter, go to your profile icon at the top right of the page (beside the Tweet button). Select ‘Lists’, and you will see a page which will contain any lists you will make. Click on ‘Create list’, and you will be asked to name your new list and add a brief description. This description will be very helpful if you now choose to make the list public, so others can find and subscribe to it.

You will now be invited to search for people to add to your list. You can also add them later, by clicking on their @handle and going to their profile.

Add a Tweeter to your list

Add a Tweeter to your list

Next to the ‘Follow(ing)’ button, you will see the head gear Settings icon. If you click on this, you will see a menu containing the option ‘add or remove from lists’ (this is also where you can send them private Direct Messages, as in Day 4). While we’re on the topic of managing people, you can also block or report people using this menu, for example, if you are followed by a spam account or someone you don’t want following you.

To view tweets from your lists, you can simply go to your Twitter profile page and click on ‘lists’ from the toolbar above your tweets.

View your lists

View your lists from your Twitter profile page

To subscribe to/follow other people’s lists:

You can benefit from other people’s connections and effort by subscribing to lists they have created. You can even follow lists without following the individual users in that list.

  1. Click on Lists when viewing someone’s profile (for example, @YSJTEL)
  2. Decide which list you’d like to subscribe to and click on the title.
  3. From the list page, click Subscribe to follow the list.

Tweetchats

We mentioned Tweetchats on Day 7’s post. Hopefully you will have had a chance to find and follow a chat by now. If not, now is your chance! Inspired by the successful #Edchat, the #LTHEchat (Learning and Teaching in Higher Education chat)  is a weekly Twitter chat where anyone interested in higher education can share practices/ideas, or just connect with other practitioners.  Each week’s chat takes place on Wednesday (8-9pm GMT) using the hashtag #LTHEchat, and focuses on a specific aspect of learning and teaching in HE. The topic of the week is communicated via the LTHEchat site, or on Twitter via the @LTHEchat and the hashtag #LTHEchat. You can see an archive of past conversations on the #LTHEchat Storify. Storify is a service allowing you to curate content shared on other social media platforms, e.g. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, to create themed timelines, or ‘stories’.

Activity!

Think about the kinds of updates you’ve seen on Twitter so far from the people you follow. Who do you most want to see tweets from? Try making a list of your colleagues on Twitter, or perhaps one for the professional and funding bodies you follow. Share a link to your list by tweeting it or posting it in the comments section below.

Optional extra: 

As today is Wednesday, we recommend you getting involved in this evening’s #LTHEchat on “Digital Devices for Learning” with Dr Magdalena Bober (@magdalenabober).  To do this:

  1. ‘Follow’ @LTHEchat on Twitter
  2. Search for #LTHEchat on Twitter to monitor the conversation so far (Note, all tweets with the hashtag – i ncluding tweets from older chats – can be returned in these results, so check the date/time of the tweets for the most recent ones!)
  3. Join the conversation by tweeting your own thoughts with the #LTHEchat hashtag and/or replying to another participant’s #LTHEchat tweet.

Roisin (@Roisin_Cassidy)

Further reading:

<<< Day 7: Hashtags & Trends Day 9: Managing Information on Twitter >>>

Creative Commons LicenseTen Days of Twitter for Learning Developers was originally adapted from a similar programme for STEM researchers, also created by Helen Webster. The materials are available under a Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA.

The 10DoT Badges  are adapted from those issued by University of Sussex’s Technology Enhanced Learning Team, which were also  licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Creative Commons LicenseTen Days of Twitter has been adapted by Technology Enhanced Learning for use at YSJ, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.

We are extremely grateful for the work put in by Helen Webster and the LD5Digital Things team, and for sharing their great resources with the community!

Roisin Cassidy

Working to the Directorate’s annual objectives and the TEL Quality Framework, Róisín’s role as a TEL Advisor is to proactively support and develop staff in using technology to enhance the student learning experience. Her main focus will be to advise academic staff on effective use of learning technologies to develop innovative learning resources, processes and practices. She will also provide staff advice and development on the core TEL systems and technologies, with particular responsibility for Mahara and Turnitin. Róisín is also interested in how ‘Open Badges’ could be employed to facilitate motivation and reward in student learning and staff development at York St John. Roisin is the primary contact for colleagues in the Faculty of Arts & the Business School.

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