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What makes a good tweet?
What makes a good tweet? by Lisa

Practical ways to use Twitter
  • Set up an account on Twitter
  • Experiment by creating a tweet with an image, a gif, or a poll.
  • Look for accounts of people in your subject or interest  to follow.
  • Try searching for relevant keywords or #hashtags to find content that is interesting to you.

Creating lists of specific Twitter users
Lists are a great way to manage the amount and type of tweets you are viewing.

To add someone to a list:

  • Go to their Twitter profile page
  • Click on the cogwheel/settings icon next to the large ‘Following/Follow’ button on the right of the page.
  • Choose the second option down ‘Add or remove from Lists’.
  • You can then choose to create a new list or add them to an existing list by selecting the box for your list of choice.

To view the feed from one of your lists:

  • Click your profile image on the top right of the page
  • Choose the second option down ‘Lists’.
  • From here, you can select which list you would like to view.
  • The list will then display a feed of tweets posted by people only on that list.

Twitter Analytics

Twitter Analytics analyses your tweets.

To view your analytics:

  • Go to your twitter home-page
  • Click on your profile image in the top right corner
  • Then on Analytics from the drop down menu
  • Use the tabs Home/Tweets/Audiences/Events/More at the top of the screen to explore the different analytics Twitter collects for you.

Tweetdeck is a management tool where you can schedule tweets to be sent out at specific times, save #hatshtag searches and keep an eye on and participate in realtime chats using #hashtags.

Leicester University also have practical hints and tips about using Twitter

Adapted from: University of Edinburgh (2016) Thing 7 and 8: Twitter and Facebook. Available at: (Accessed: 2 June 2020)



Try to condense the information below into a 240 character tweet.

I have come across some interesting research on the introducing alcohol and drinking to children. According to Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch on BBC Women's Hour, her opinion of drinking has changed from it being a way of encouraging sensible drinking to her view now - that there is no such thing as safe drinking for children. ( 5Hbck3YD2qCHKZrvn8DMBgq/how-should-you-introduce-alcohol-to-your-teenager-if-at-all)

What would you tweet?

Adapted from: Open University (2020) Writing a good tweet. Available at: (Accessed: 2 June 2020)

Should children be introduced to alcohol from childhood, or not at all? Which is safest: Note that the URL has been shortened using the URL shortener