Thursday, April 30, 2009

Exploring Twitter apps

Twitter has spawned a myriad of Twitter third party applications or tools as well as search facilities. Two of my favourite search tools are Twazzup and Twitterfall. Both provide a real time view of the hot topics and trends.
Twitterers can use hashtags to identify key terms which are easily picked up by such search tools.

I like the custom search (multiple) functionality of Twitterfall and the ability to adjust settings, particularly the speed, and themes, view queued tweets and flush if needed. The ability to save and select searches makes Twitterfall really useful.

These add a bit of fun.
When did you join Twitter reveals that I (@southoz) joined Twitter 560 days ago - on 18 October 2007.

After a couple of starts and pauses in 2007 and 2008, I finally caught the Twitter bug early in 2009, before Will Richardson's visit to Adelaide. Twitter has a critical mass of users now, more useful tools, greater use of social media for networking, conferences, meetings, shared resources and global conversations. This makes it an ideal tool for supporting professional learning networks (PLNs).

Twittersheep provides a tag cloud generated from the 'bios' of your flock of followers. View my current Southoz flock word cloud. The words, learning, online, social, teacher, web and education feature prominently in my word cloud.

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