Some Twitter Tips
The number one users of Twitter are educators! I don’t use Twitter like Facebook and I don’t follow people who do. One of the best things you can do for yourself as an educator is to create a Twitter handle just for teaching and tweet about teaching.
I use Tweetdeck.com to manage my Twitter. It has a lot of features that make Twitter easier to use. The best feature, in my opinion, is the multiple columns that allow me to monitor multiple hashtags all at once.
Create a Column
Using the search icon in the upper left type in the hashtag you are wanting to keep track of. Press enter and a column is automatically created. Alternatively, if you see a tweet with a hashtag, click on the hashtag and a column will be created.
Sometimes a hashtag is being used by more than one group. For example, I am watching the hashtag #CUE. A group in a foreign country is also using the hashtag.
In Tweetdeck, click on the 3 dots and choose “Block.” Then you will not see that person’s tweets anymore. You can instead “Mute” that person’s tweets, but do not forget later to go back and unmute them.
If you can find something that repeats in the hijacked hashtag tweets you can EXCLUDE tweets with that phrase or hashtag. Click on the column settings icon in the upper right of the column in Tweetdeck.
In the “Excluding” box type the word, phrase, or hashtag that you want to exclude.
Now all those hijacked hashtag tweets go away!