Twitter guide


This week we are highlighting the use of Twitter as a tool to chat with leading experts and keep up to date with research and current issues. Recent research1 has highlighted the benefits for twitter teachers in regards to professional development.

If you don’t know where to start here’s a quick guide.



  • Select a ‘proper’ Twitter username. It often helps to include your subject.
  • Have a clear description so others can connect to you.
  • Use hashtags. Not only do they help you to organise your feed but it allows others to search for chats. Examples of education hashtags: #UKEdChat #WomenED #SLTChat #mathsCPDchat #NQTchat
  • Don’t feel you need to tweet you could just follow others to keep up to date. Search for keywords and find experts chatting about it and follow them. Follow subject and education organisations and look at who others are following.
  • Look out for regular education and subject specific chats. For a list of education chats click here


Twitter abbreviations

.  Placing a period at the beginning of a tweet makes that tweet visible to all of your followers, whereas a simple reply will be visible only to responder

# a hashtag; used to join ongoing, asynchronous conversations; a way to categorise your tweet

@ the symbol used to designate a receiver, a “to”

DM Direct Message, which are like emails and only visible to receiver, DMs can only be sent to those who follow you

IMO/IMHO In my opinion/In my humble or honest opinion

MT Modified tweet (indicates a RT has been altered somehow, often for length or clarity)

RT Retweet (which means you’re relaying a message from someone you follow to all of your followers)

Subtweet tweeting about someone without tagging them so they can see the tweet (similar to talking about someone behind their back)

HT = Hat tip. This is a way of attributing a link to another Twitter user



Tweet – a message no longer than 140 characters

Feed – tweets from people you are following

Handle – your user name

Mention – reference another user using @, you will receive a notification if someone references you.


1 Engagement through miroblogging: educator professional development through Twitter by Carpenter, J. & Krutka, D. (2015)