Twitter is a brilliant tool to distribute information, follow ideas, and stay up to date with what’s trending in whatever niche you’re interested in following. In education, that could be curriculum, 21st century learning, education technology, assessment, or future learning trends like mobile learning, blended learning, and dozens of others.
Twitter chats and #hashtags are exceptional ways to enable the above, allowing real-time and asynchronous discussions and other connections that can help you improve your craft as an educator.
We’ve covered various ways to use twitter in the classroom before. The following list from listly user Kevin Mullet–a collection of “tools that help you specifically participate in, find, schedule, list, search, curate from, discover followers of, and report on hashtags and hashtag twitter chats”–is a great start in identifying the tools above and beyond hashtags, tweetdeck, and other go-tos in twitterverse. If you’re looking to shift from lurking to connecting, there are tools to help you make that happen.
We’ve created these kinds of lists in the past, but these tools often come like flashes–here and gone in a matter of months, resulting in dead links, hijacked sites, and tools that have fallen out of favor. Let us know in the comments if there are useful tools you use not on the list!
Twitter Chat and Hashtag Tools
Tools that help you specifically participate in, find, schedule, list, search, curate from, discover followers of, and report on hashtags and hashtag twitter chats.
PC based tool for hashtag power users.
Create and save cusotm hashtag/keyword searches, filter results by time span, number of recent tweets or by a list of authors.
NOTE: This is not free.
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Hashtags based on queries: Twitter and 8 social networks. You see the what, who, when, how many times a tag's been used
Twitter marketing and Twitter brand pages for companies, small businesses, nonprofits, and celebrities. Get more followers, engagement, results, and action metrics. Showcase your brand's trending topics and tweets. Twitter fan pages for brands and celebrities.
Commun.it dramatically improve the way you manage your community, monitor engagement, track campaign and discover leads on Twitter! It helps you to build meaningful, personal relationships through social media while focusing on your highest-value relationships (influencers, supporters, most engaged members,promising new leads...).
I love that this tool shows you who you interacted with based on hashtags and chats you participated in.
Analyze your hashtags to get the best metrics to measure impact and reach with your tweets sorted in categories.
Snapshot: Tweets, Impressions & Reach
Top 20 Lists
Drill-down Content Analysis
Detailed Contributor Lists
Hashtags identify specific topics and those hashtags allow TweetChat to connect you with people talking about similar things.
Create stories using social media. Turn what people post on social media into compelling stories. Collect the best photos, video, tweets and more to publish them as simple, beautiful stories that can be embedded anywhere.
Allows you to create rules or actions to interact with twitter. Save uses of a hashtag (limited capability to keep up), set an alert to remind you about chats, and much more.
Register, list, and describe your hashtag. Twubs are Twitter groups built around content aggregated from #hashtags. You can also use it to participate in a chat and see members of the chat.
Here’s a list of Tweetchats in both alphabetical order and by day. Thank you to @merylkevans for the inspiration to build this Twitter chat wiki. A detailed list appears after the list sorted by the day of the week. Please add chats, more information or corrections in the comments and I’ll update the list. To join a chat, check the post on how to join Twitter chats. To edit this Tweetup wiki, you must first create and account.
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For popular trends, Twitter is queried from the Twitterfall server, and results are streamed directly to you. This means that Twitterfall is nicer for commonly used terms than other clients.
From MIX Online comes The Archivist, an online tool to archive, analyze, visualize, save and export tweets.
Social Media Hub, organize and filter your tweet with colors, track your keywords with Monitor Tool
Keyhole is a real-time social conversation tracker for social media monitoring.
Tagboard. The social media hub for hashtags.
Allows you do a Real-time search for the social web including hashtags, just links within hashtags, and more. Want to receive RSS or Email of just a hashtag, this will do it.
Find Twitter users by hash terms. Has advanced search features as well. It also shows the number of tweets, but I don't know from what time/date range. You can also see JUST their tweets from that hashtag but that is defiantly served by tweet search so it will have those limitations.
Ever seen a hashtag on Twitter, and wondered what it is all about? Now you can look it up, and cast your vote on the definitions. And if you don't like the definitions, or none exists, you can create your own in seconds.
TwittBee is a simple and pretty Twitterwall or Tweetwall for activity around a special Twitter Hashtag. Use it, share it!
Limited usefulness for chatting or participating.
Real-Time Social Media Group Chats for Branded Communities.
This was used to bring allow people from Twitter, Linkedin, and email sign in together into one off twitter chat client that could post back to twitter. I don't believe it is still in operation, but am not positive. Please comment if you have updated information.
This allows you to schedule, list, and describe your chat. People can find when chats are taking place and chat from within the system.
Get twitter trends of hashtags. You can perform a search for hashtags as well. Unfortunatly it does not rank all chats/hashtags.