It’s not so long ago that I was completely baffled by twitter. But I have discovered it is a really useful tool for connecting and learning. It’s not as difficult as I thought. Here are 3 easy steps you can follow to get going.
1. Set up a twitter account
Go to www.twitter.com. Select ‘set up’ and then complete the log in details.
You will need an e-mail account and will have to choose a user name and password. When you have completed your details and confirmed your e-mail address you will have a twitter account. I have set one up in the name of New User so you can see what yours will look like.
2. Choose people / accounts to follow
Following leaders and influencers in your field will be really informative. When you follow someone everytime they tweet their tweets will appear in your home feed. This is how you follow someone. Enter the name of the person or organisation you want to follow in the search box on the top right (highlighted yellow). If they have a twitter account they should appear in a dropdown box below.
Click on the name indicated by the red arrow.
Their twitter profile page will come up. Click on the follow button (shown by the red arrow)
Repeat this process for all the individuals and organisations you are interested in hearing from. If you don’t know who to follow, here are some suggestions for the field of childhood disability:
- Kings Fund
- Council for disabled children
- Contact a Family
- We AHPs
- We CYP nurses
- OT talk
- Physio talk
- SEND Jungle
- McKeith Press
I’d suggest you schedule a regular time in your diary to read through the tweets posted by the accounts you have followed.
3. Search and read tweets containing key words you are interested in
You do this by using the hastag symbol #. Put the word or phrase you are interested in in the search box preceeded by # (do not use spaces or punctuation)
In the example above I have searched EHCP. When the results come up you can categorise the tweets you look at. In the example below I have clicked (in blue text) to view latest tweets containing EHCP.