I don’t see very many School Twitter accounts and I think it’s because of one thing-we think that parents are not on Twitter!
But I see Twitter as a valuable communication tool, vital in engaging parents and establishing the school’s online identity.
So how do we use Twitter and connect with parents that haven’t yet got a twitter account?
Tell them that you can link the schools twitter account with their mobile phones!
Here are the instructions-
How to sign up to twitter by mobile phone
Sign up to Twitter by SMS text (3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile only)
Send a text message to 86444 with the word ‘START’
Twitter will send you a reply and ask you to reply with the word ‘SIGNUP’ to create a new account. Send the reply ‘SIGNUP’.
Next, Twitter will ask you to pick a username. Your username must be unique and less than 15 characters. Reply with the username you want (see below for advice on picking a
You will get a confirmation message when you pick a unique username (Twitter will tell you to pick a new name if someone else has the username you wanted).
Choose a password.
Send a message and it will post as your first tweet.
To follow an account’s tweets, text the word ‘FOLLOW’ with the twitter name to 86444. For example if you wanted to receive my tweets by SMS you’d have to send ‘FOLLOW Ideas_factory’
Now all that account’s tweets will be sent to your number by text.
Twitter by SMS questions and answers here
It is a FREE service but some mobile providers may charge-best to ask your provider before setting up. More details about this here
You can also link Twitter to Facebook and vice-versa.
Maybe my next post should be how to set up a school facebook account!
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