Twitter is one of the most powerful tools available to a modern educator, student, or administrator. It’s a free tool that connects you to some of the most innovative and useful ideas the world has to offer. You can communicate with just about anyone in brief messages. This is probably a good thing for the more verbose folks who need some guidance in keeping their messages under 140 characters. So how do users of all skill levels get more out of Twitter? By using this simple visual guide I whipped up, of course!

This simple visual is meant to be printed out, shared, and kept in your back pocket if you’re looking to get better at Twitter or social media in general. Whether you’re in the middle of your school year or on vacation, there’s always a little extra time (not much, of course) to figure out ways to get more out of Twitter. You’ll be glad you did.

What would you add to this list? There are only a handful of ideas to be sure … so share your Twitter tips in the comments or by mentioning @passnownow on Twitter so others can learn from your Twexpertise! Okay, that’s probably not a word, but it’s fun to write anyway.

The 7 Twitter Tips To Know About

  1. Find a hashtag chat and make a point of actually taking part. You never know what you’ll learn or who you can meet.
  2. Follow at least 10 new people every week. When you do, unfollow people who aren’t adding to your online learning and growth. This culling will help you build a truly powerful Twitter stream and Personal Learning Network.
  3. Ask questions. Use Twitter instead of Google to answer your day-to-day questions. Instead of finding an outdated webpage, you may be surprised to get your answer from an expert in the particular topic you’re looking into!
  4. Don’t feel like you’re doomed to the sidelines if you don’t have enough followers or feel like you don’t have anything worthwhile to say. When you do that, you stop any potential benefits before they even happen. Just jump in!
  5. Share photos! If you share a photo right from, you can get the ‘View summary’ or ‘View image’ button to appear below your Tweet.
  6. Make Twitter a regular part of your daily online travels. Bookmark it, add the official app, and then build a Twitter List. Great RSS alternative!
  7. Reply to the @mentions you get. Whether you get 1 or 1,000 a day, a little responsiveness goes a very long way. Wouldn’t you love to get an unexpected reply from someone?