… or #green SM for short …
- To use Twitter to teach Twitter.
- To create a series of annotated links that guide a social-mediated conversation on how SM can support green and environmental initiatives. So I turned to Twitter for real-world micro-blogging advice.
- Create a Twitter account. You can use Twitter online in your browser, use the many versions of the Twitter app, or download helper software. I use TweetDeck — now a Twitter app. Some folks prefer HootSuite.
- Use the Twitter search tool to check if there’s already a hashtag on the topic you’re interested in learning more about and sharing information on. I found “greensocialmedia,” but decided not to use that, as it was a bit long (using up too many of my 140 characters) and many of the posts already published were not in English, my primary (and nearly my only) language.
- I tested #greenSM.” There are earlier posts that focus on green smoothies, but mostly those were fading. So I chose #greenSM.
- I found the first Tweet focused on #greenSM,” chose to retweet it, and selected “Edit the retweet” (the “edit” option is not always offered). Then I added a few of my own comments and the #greenSM hashtag. (And hashtags are simply a tag that is so noted with a # (hash) mark in front of it. Searching is much easier with the #hashtag.)
- Once I have a few tweets in place, I then set up a list (titled “Green SM”) and in the list I narrowed members to me, language to English, and search term as #greenSM. The Tweet-coded version looks like this: #greenSM lang:en list:steffensr/greenSM