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1.6 Exploring Twitter

This activity offers an opportunity to investigate hashtags and how they are used on Twitter.

Activity 1 Hashtags

Timing: Allow about 20 minutes

If you are not familiar with the use of hashtags watch this short video before continuing.

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What is a hashtag?
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(Note: if you don’t use Twitter [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , the discussion may be more difficult to follow. It is possible to look at Twitter without having an account, though.)

Spend this activity exploring how Twitter users use hashtags and how Twitter allows users to search for hashtags. Consider searching for hashtags that are associated with your institution (e.g. #openuniversity), discipline (e.g. #openeducation) or interests (e.g. #icehockey). Remember that anyone can create a hashtag or use it, so you might want to explore variations on these.

Make some notes and include these in your blog if you wish.

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