Created in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Twitter is a very present social network today. “The original idea launched by Jack Dorsey was to make it easy for users to share their little moments in life with their friends. Opened to the public on July 13, 2006, the first version was called Stat.us then Twittr, in reference to the photo-sharing site Flickr then Twitter, its current name. On March 21, 2006, Mr. Dorsey sent his first tweet: “Just setting up my twttr”. "
After the social network Facebook went public in May 2012, it is now Twitter's turn to arrive on the stock markets.
“The TWTR share closed its first session on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at 44.90 dollars, a jump of 72.69 % compared to the IPO price set the day before at 26 dollars and already above expectations. . "
Source: La Presse
The following activities will allow you to retrace the evolution of the microblogging site that is Twitter.
At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Explain what Twitter is and find answers to questions about this medium;
- Compare Twitter with Facebook by identifying the similarities and differences between these two social networks;
- Write a text in which he indicates his preference between Twitter and Facebook;
- Read tweets that have marked the history of the social network and determine what they refer to;
- Understand the use of Twitter by posting tweets on the class account.
ACTIVITY 1: The Twitter universe
First, ask students if they are familiar with the social network Twitter. Ask them to explain what this medium is. Ask them the following questions. If they can't answer it, invite them to search the web for the answers.
- In what year was Twitter created?
- What is the symbol representing Twitter?
- What is the name of a message sent on Twitter?
- How many characters are messages on Twitter limited?
- Which dictionary introduced in its 2013 edition the terms “twitter” “twitteuse” as well as the verb “twitter”? What do these terms mean?
- Which personality was the first to cross the bar of 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 million subscribers?
- Which personality is the most followed on Twitter today? How many millions of subscribers follow this personality?
- When did Twitter go public? What was the price of his share at the time?
ACTIVITY 2: Twitter vs Facebook
Before starting the activity, ask students if they can name one or more Twitter competitors.
Individually or in teams, students should compare Twitter to another very popular social media, namely Facebook.
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At the end of the activity, everyone can be invited to write a short paragraph in which he or she expresses his or her preference between Facobook and Twitter and the main reason (s).
ACTIVITY 3: Tweets that make Twitter history
"Some tweets, among the billions published each week on the social network Twitter, have made history or marked the evolution of the network"
Source: La Presse
Invite students to explore some of these messages that have made their mark on Twitter. For each tweet, students should determine what that post refers to.
If your class does not have a Twitter account, create one and subscribe to different accounts such as SCOOP!, Science-Press Agency or Hello teacher.
Each day, choose a student to post the “tweet of the day”. The topic can be free, but control what is published. For example, you can share what you are going through and what you are discovering on a daily basis in your classroom. It will be a good way to register your class in the world of " twittclasses »Francophones and to be able to easily find partner classes for your next collaborative project!