Your Freedback on the #Hashtag

Ok, so some of you may remember that last week I posted a little bit on the hashtag. I was really interested in hashtags because, first of all, I don’t really completely understand them either! Secondly, there’s a lot of people out there using hashtags, and we can either run away from technology and change, or we can choose to learn more about it. So, since I don’t know everything I wanted to hear from you! I made this short video asking some of you what you think hashtags are. Here it is…

As you can see, with only four people there are some very diverse definitions and experiences surrounding the hashtag. I know Twitter can be a very confusing and sometimes frustrating place, but it’s important to always be a learner. In the mean time, check out some of these hashtags on Twitter!




As always, I’d love to hear your feedback, and your definition of a hashtag.


Twitter #AndyCarvin #DistantWitness

Being a part of Twitter, and writing a blog about it, I thought it was necessary to share with you a little bit about Andy Carvin. First of all, Andy works for NPR and basically made up his own job! He followed Arab Spring on Twitter and tried to find information that way. You can read more about what Arab Spring is here. If you’re really interested I would recommend reading Andy’s book Distant Witness.

Anyway, Wednesday 3/20/13, I had an amazing opportunity to chat with Andy Carvin on Skype with some students and professors from EMU. Not only was I there, but I was able to live tweet and share with the world what was going on and sort of give them a play by play.

I had never done anything like this before. Instead of me taking boring, old notes, I basically took my notes through twitter! By taking notes this way I was able to open the conversation up for others who weren’t even there. They had the chance to get in on the conversation too, and give feedback. Here’s some tweets from yesterday’s chat…

@ChassKreider Talking with @acarvin in class today! Bet you’re jealous! #acemu #emublogs

@ChassKreider “Twitter was intended to be collaborative.” #acemu #emublogs

@ChassKreider “If you don’t embrace the norms you’ll be treated like a stranger.” #acemu #emublogs

@ChassKreider “It’s different when you’re a part of the story, like with an @ reply.” #acemu #emublogs

//Note: if you would like to see all of the live tweets from this event check out #acemu//

Andy even replied to me and @redefine_online !

@acarvin @ChassKreider @redefine_online Thanks! #acemu

I was also able to take this photo…

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What an amazing experience! Twitter really is a community. It’s all about being involved. When you @reply and retweet someone you’re using Twitter in the way it’s supposed to be used. It’s about connections and ultimately about collaboration.

Have you used Twitter to live tweet an event? If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences!

Twitter #Hashtags

One of the most confusing aspects of Twitter is what is called the hashtag. If you’re confused about hashtags, trust me, you’re not the only one! Being a new user to Twitter, I’m still in the learning process too (and it’s always good to be a learner!) so I understand why it would be confusing. There’s no need to feel like there is something wrong with you if you don’t understand this…but hopefully this blog post will help you out!

Before I started using Twitter I had already learned a little bit about hashtags. I started seeing them show up on Facebook, and I was curious! So, I did a little digging and I got the gist of what they were all about. I read this definition…

A tag embedded in a message, consisting of a word within the message prefixed with a hash sign (#)

It’s important to remember that a hashtag will always have the hash sign (#) in front of it! Here’s an example of a hashtag..


Hashtags are very popular in the world of Twitter (and other places too!). Check out this video I found using hashtags…

I completely understand if you’re still confused, so I’m linking to two articles, here and here, that should hopefully help! Just remember, it’s okay if you don’t understand hashtags right away, it will come. I’m still figuring them out!

Do you know a lot about hashtags? If so, feel free to comment on this post and share with other users!

Interview #PeterGregson

In my recent explorations with Twitter I have come to love Twitter Stories (which is basically a Twitter account that tells real stories of how people are using Twitter). While I was searching this website I found something I thought was interesting. Being a lover of music I was excited to see something called the Listening Machine. So, I watched this video…

I was fascinated with what Peter Gregson had to say so I quickly found him and the Listening Machine on Twitter. I wanted to chat with this guy and see what his experience was like with the Listening Machine. I knew it would be a long shot, but I tweeted to him anyway. I said this..

@petergregson I’m a college student at Eastern Mennonite University…and I was wondering what inspired you to start the Listening Machine?

He then replied to me and told me to email him. Boy, was I excited! This was the first time I was able to (and tried) to contact an important person through Twitter. That’s really the beauty of Twitter. Here’s the questions I had for Peter and his answers.

-What inspired you to start the Listening Machine?

– The Listening Machine initially came about during a conversation with the (then) Chief Scientist at Twitter, Abdur Chowdhury. We were talking about data visualisation and how it creates a clean snapshot in time, but not a dynamic journey through it. I then started talking with Daniel Jones, sound artist and great friend, about this. Music, being both linear and vertical (melody and harmony), but also dynamic (loud and quiet) it was a perfect medium through which to ask the question: what does a day sound like?

-After creating the Listening Machine how did your reaction to Twitter change?
– My reaction to Twitter changed inso far as I became aware of it not just being about billions of individual statements. It’s more like a vine of tomatoes; there may be bigger ones on the vine, but the little ones are all connected and they feed each other. The number of isolated events in twitter is very small, the number of conversations and interactions is overwhelming… it’s quite beautiful, actually. Miguel (also at twitter) made this ridiculously beautiful film after the Japan earthquake. I wanted to be able to hear that kind of information exchange, that fluidity of information.
Shout out to Peter Gregson for all his help and willingness to share all little about his journey! Now, go  follow him on Twitter (@petergregson) and share with me your thoughts on this interview and the Listening Machine.

Twitter #Pope

What’s happening on Twitter right now, you ask? Well at this very moment…4:00pm on this Wednesday afternoon…Pope Francis I is all over Twitter. He even has his own Twitter account. The top trends on Twitter at this very moment are…


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and my personal favorite….#ReplaceMovieTitlesWithPope

One of my favorite things about Twitter is that you can so easily switch from serious and cite-worthy to funny and meaningless. Once this hashtag got started it just kept going and going…it’s still being used at this very moment. It was (and is) a big trend and even outside sources were talking about it. There are some really funny ones, but here’s a few that I enjoyed!


@ToddWasserman Pope Floats #ReplaceMovieTitlesWithPope

@MrEricLange Jurassic Pope. #ReplaceMovieTitlesWithPope

@CnservativePunk I love this so much I want to cuddle with it. RT @CaptainKoolAid: #ReplaceMovieTitlesWithPope The Incredible Pope

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@SeanBurkeShow  ‘Pope Fiction’ #ReplaceMovieTitlesWithPope


@CharlDeCarle#ReplaceMovieTitlesWithPope Pope: The 40 Year Old Virgin

@BettyFckinWhite Eat, Pope, Love #ReplaceMovieTitleswithPope


If you’ve checked this hashtag out let me know what your favorites are!

Twitter #PostIdeas

So, if you have read my first blog post ever you’d see a list of topics that I wanted to talk about that involved Twitter. I’ve done some of those posts, but recently what I’ve been doing is finding a cool story that’s come up on my Twitter feed. That has been so much fun, and I’ll probably continue to do a little bit of that, BUT I would like to share a few old and new ideas for posts.

  • Share a few stories from @TwitterStories  and possibly ask those people some questions
  •  Talk about @acarvin , especially since I just read his book, Distant Witness
  • Share part of @aiww ‘s story
  • Share a little bit about hacking on Twitter and how to prevent from getting hacked yourself
  • Talk about how Twitter is a great place to stay connected
  • Talk about how @NASA is using Twitter to inform and stay connected
  • Share about @YourAnonNews and its use of Twitter
  • Share a little bit of my experience with Twitter thus far
  • Hashtags and what they’re all about
  • Share things about Twitter that most people might not know


These are just some ideas that I thought would be interesting. What do you guys think? If you have any ideas let me know, I’d love to hear what you guys want to know!

Twitter #Oscars2013

Hey followers!

Last night was a huge night. In case you didn’t know, or you’re completely cut off from the internet (in which case you wouldn’t be reading this blog), the Oscars happened last night! I, unfortunately, didn’t get to watch them last night….so I went to the next best thing! Twitter. Since this blog is all about Twitter and how it brings us together I thought I’d share a little bit about what I learned about the Oscars and Twitter through this experience.

This morning I got on Twitter to check out what was going on in the world and I was immediately bombarded with tweets about the Oscars. I read tweets like…

Pete Cashmore@mashable

Oscars Recap: Best Moments and Winners  #Oscars2013

Lance Ulanoff@LanceUlanoff

25 Oscar GIFs That Deserve Their Own Award … #Oscars2013

Pete Cashmore@mashable

Hold on, Jennifer Lawrence: Aniston Won Best Dressed on Twitter

Wall Street Journal@WSJ

Oscars 2013: the best and worst dressed  PHOTOS

I was curious about all of these links, so I checked them out! In my recent journey through Twitter I have found that I can learn more through Twitter than if I actually witnessed something, like the Dorner case. Now, I’m not saying Twitter is always right, but I am saying that Twitter brings so many different perspectives and opinions that one news station, one show, or one article wouldn’t have. It’s incredible how Twitter can keep you so well informed. I even learned what dual screening was through my #Oscars2013 search (It’s basically watching something on TV and tweeting about it simultaneously…learn more here). I also learned that while they have an official Best Dressed, they also have one for Twitter. As you can see, the tweet above by @mashable  says that Jennifer Aniston won Best Dressed on Twitter.

Not only could you follow others on Twitter, but you could follow the official Twitter account of the Oscars @TheAcademy. If you visit the official Oscars website you can read tweets from the whole event. I never realized how Twitter has become such a big part of our society until now. Check out some of these videos I found from the event!

What did you guys think about the Oscars? How do you feel about being able to tweet and watch at the same time? I’d love to hear from you!

Twitter #Interview

Okay followers!

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but I’m back now!

Some things I’d like to update you on is that the Burger King Twitter account,  @BurgerKing was hacked by @YourAnonNews. I would show you everything that happened, but they took the account down for awhile to fix it. If you want to know more about what happened check out these Tweets and the websites that are hyperlinked in them.

The 10 McFunniest Reactions to Burger King Twitter Hack … via @mashable

@YourAnonNews #Doh | “It has come to our attention that the Twitter account of BURGER KING® brand has been hacked” | …

Anyway, these articles are pretty hilarious….you should check them out! But first…

I wanted to let you guys know that I interviewed some people and asked them what their definition of Twitter was. It was really interesting to hear some of your answers, and it was fun to talk to some of my followers about Twitter. This video I made includes two of my Tweeps (Twitter+Peeps=Tweeps). @CarlinHK  and @raydwest ! Check out this video!

Twitter #TheCredibleSource

Today as I was looking through my Twitter feed something caught my eye. Now, since I’m subscribed to people like @YourAnonNews and @CNN and even my local news station who has a Twitter account, my Twitter feed can be full of interesting news and updates. Before I had a Twitter account I thought it was silly that my husband would look at Twitter to check out what’s going on in the news. Let’s be clear here, he’s not looking at what other people are gossiping about he’s looking at credible sources like @CNN or other news stations and people. This fascinated me! So, once I set up my Twitter account I started following people who I thought we would give me a wide range of uses (like my friends, news stations, famous people) on Twitter.

Anyway, as I was looking through my feed today I kept seeing a topic come up. I read things like…

“RT @AdamInOakland: Pretty sure #LAPD has shot more people today than the guy they are hunting. #foodforthought

“It’s sort of a big deal that the #lapd are basically shooting random people who happen to have the same car as Dorner.”

“We beat @NBCNews at tweeting out their own link to the live #LAPD press briefing. Lulz. #YAN

“Dear #LAPD please don’t shoot any other innocent people cause they are driving pickup trucks”

“Manhunt underway for ex-#LAPD cop, suspected in double murder and cop shooting.

What I love about Twitter is that I don’t need a TV or a long boring news article to tell me what’s going on in the world. I read a tweet of a 140 characters or less and it updates me every so often of the details. My how our world has changed! It’s incredible how I learned so much in just a few minutes time. Have you experienced something like this on Twitter, what’s something big happened and you were able to follow it?

If you want to know more about this breaking news story click here for a report from @YourAnonNews or here for an article on CNN. And if you really want to experience the action follow people on Twitter that might be of some help!

Twitter #TheBeginning

Ok, before I get too far ahead of myself I want to explain a little bit of how twitter got started. It’s really an interesting story!

So, basically Twitter started off as a micro-blogging platform. It’s founders were Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, and Biz Stone. They wanted to find a way to send text messages on their cell phones and help out a company that was nearing its end. It was sort of an “accident” that it became so popular, because they had no idea how big it would become.

Twitter made it’s official start on March 21, 2006. In the 38th tweet ever @Dom said “Oh, this is going to be addictive.” Wow! Was @Dom right. Right now Twitter has over 200 million users with 140 million tweets sent each day…I’d say it’s definitely gotten pretty addicting.

If you’re anything like me, you’re wondering where in the world the word Twitter came from! I’m sure you’ve heard of Flickr…it was actually inspired from that name. Some other names they thought of were FriendStalker and Dodgeball (Can you imagine if one of those had been chosen?!). My personal favorite is FriendStalker…because everyone wants to be known as a stalker. Anyway, despite these great choices for names they chose Twitter (thank God!).

Twitter-“a short burst of inconsequential information” and “a series of chirps from birds”

Makes sense, eh? Anyway, I found this to be very interesting, and I wanted to touch on this before I started digging into Twitter. If you want to know more about this topic click here. Let me know what you think about this blog post!