Explaining Twitter in one page…

I’ve been trying to create a general purpose one page guide to Twitter for a while. I’ve made two attempts in the past for particular situations – although with the end of SMS based access to Twitter in the UK those guides are both out of date.

But – I think I’ve finally created a guide I’m happy with – with this guide created for an Action Learning Set on Youth Participation and Social Network Sites I’m currently co-facilitating – but written to work as an introduction in just about any circumstance.

You can get the PDF of this one page guide to Twitter from Scribd.com (look for the download link) or, as this guide, like all the other one page guides, is provided you can download an Open Office copy (ODT) to edit and re-purpose as you wish (just make sure you let me know about any updated versions).

(Thanks to Harry @ Neontribe for photos and feedback used in this guide)

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9 thoughts on “Explaining Twitter in one page…”

  1. good work Tim 🙂 and I like the use of scribd – makes life just a little more convenient.

    Not necessary for your guide but as a note for anyone trying to find relevant people to follow (which is pretty hard for youth work) you can enter “youth work” or “youth participation” or “young people” etc. etc.) into twitter search and then sign up to rss feeds for that search term – you’ll then get ongoing feeds of people who have used terms relevant to your interests and then choose whether to follow them. And of course there are millions of other twitter apps some of which do the same or better but that’s way too much to fit on one page!

  2. I reckon there might be another one-pager to add to this one around ‘Finding people and conversations with Twitter’ perhaps?

    Or should I try and fit more on finding people into the general purpose guide?

  3. hm you could go on for quite some time – twitter for conferences & events, twitter for evaluation & feedback, twitter for networking, twitter for research, twitter for promoting events/clubs/services……

    I think for the youth sector its maybe mostly about just getting people to try it out – although building a network obviously helps make it a more useful & enjoyable tool so maybe there is value in having something extra on finding and discovering people & topics

  4. Hi Tim

    Good effort but you missed out a key element of ‘twitterspeak’ – primarily the use of RT, which really seems to have taken off. Most non-hardcore twitterers still dont really have a clue what it means, and it makes following tweets a whole lot more complicated for novices – particularly as some people seem to use it for more than just re-tweeting!



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  5. Tim – is the learning network having any online discussions on any of the social networks?

    We missed the last residential course as our delegate had to take some urgent time off…are there any notes or suchlike that we could have access to?

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