This is a forum where you will share your experiences from your first Twitter chat.
To complete this assignment, please follow these steps:
- Click the Reply box below.
- In the text editor box, compose a reply that responds to the following:
- What was the name of the Twitter chat you attended? And what day/time did it occur?
- Which Twitter client did you use (Twitter Search, Tweetdeck, or Hootsuite)?
- Describe your experiences. What happened that you expected? What happened that you did not expect? What did you gain from this Twitter chat (knowledge, resources, new people to follow)?
- Share a link to one Tweet that resonated with you. This Tweet may include an idea that you found provocative or useful or it may include a link to a resource (website, video, image). This may require you to return to Twitter and search again for Tweets sent during the chat. Once you find the Tweet, click on it. Then follow the steps at the bottom of this page to learn how to copy the link to it and insert that link into this discussion.
- Would you attend this Twitter chat again? If so, why? If not, why not?
- What questions do you have?
How to Insert a Link to a Tweet
(If it's easier, click here to open these instructions in a Google Doc so you can refer to them in a separate tab.)
The text editor you type your response in will have a toolbar at the top, represented by a series of icons. One of these icons is a chain link (see image below). When you place your mouse over the link, you see the words "Link to URL."
The Link to URL tool allows you to turn any text that you compose in the editor into a link to an online resource. Every Tweet has its own, unique link! Your task is to identify one Tweet from the chat, copy the link to that Tweet, and then use the Link to URL tool to connect text in your discussion response to that link.
1. In a separate tab or window, open Twitter and locate the Tweet you want to share a link to.
2. Click on the Tweet so it opens larger on your screen.
3. Click the small arrow in the upper right corner of the Tweet and select "Copy link to Tweet" from the dropdown menu.
4. The URL (or the link address) will appear in a box like you see below. When you see the URL in the box, be sure it is highlighted in blue and then copy that link. (To copy, click Command+C on a Mac keyboard or Control+C on a PC keyboard).
5. Return to the this discussion. Locate the text in your response that you want to link out to the Tweet. Click and highlight that text with your cursor. Once you have text highlighted, click on the chain icon (Link to URL) in the toolbar at the top of the text box you are typing in.
6. In the box titled "Link to Website URL" (see below), paste the URL to the Tweet in the empty field. Then click "Insert Link."
7. The text you highlighted should now appear as a blue hot link. It will not work if you click on it now. But it will work after you submit your reply. It will look like this example:
- Here is the Tweet that I selected to share.
Why is this skill important?
Now that you know how to turn text into links, start using this skill as often as you can. Linked text is one of the greatest advantages of using digital tools for writing. You can use links to validate your ideas (link out to a credible source), ensure your ideas are anchored in a particular narrative (this helps your readers understand that your ideas are built upon the ideas of other and it gives those thought leaders credit for this), provide additional information for those who are new to the topic, and share resources with your readers.