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Using Twitter applications


Using Twitter applications

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Since Twitter posts or "tweets" are limited to 140 characters, we must learn to use commonly accepted abbreviations and shortened URLs. We present a few tips for writing tweets, and cover the use of two special characters, the #hashtag and @at-sign. The presentation also introduces the concepts of an application program interface, which enables others to develop applications using Twitter, and trending topics and citizen journalism.
Material Type: Tutorial
Date Added to MERLOT: July 22, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: July 22, 2011
Submitter: Larry Press
Keywords: shorten URLs, Twitter as a platform for developing applications, search Twitter, application program interface (API), use #hashtag and @-sign, citizen journalism, trending topics, writing tweets, Use common abbreviations


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Material Version: 1
Cost Involved: no
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Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States


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