with The Open University
What's your best tweet?
Announcing that we were the first university in the UK (maybe world) to make information freely available as Linked Open Data (semweb)
What are six things you could never do without?
web access. mobile phone. friends/family. a job (sadly). garden/green space. sense of humour
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
We tweet free educational resources, prompt when OU/BBC tv shows are on, integrate with our iTunesU page, help students build communities.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
CoTweet! There are a few of us at the OU who contribute to the account and CoTweet makes it manageable.
Twitter or Facebook?
Ouch. Twitter. We have more fans on FB, but the conversation is more immediate and synchronous on Twitter. Plus twitter is open.
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
The self psychoanalysis spawned by the 'my sixteen year old self' meme
What feature should Twitter add?
Twitter apprentice. To enable you to introduce new people to Twitter and point them towards interesting stuff / people
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
My cat. I have no idea what she's up to at home all day but I'm sure it can't be just sleeping.
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Can't think of any. I try to make tweets coherent and avoid use of services like tweetlonger any way I can.
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Nope. But there's a 'type' of person who I'd like to follow us: those who want to improve life / career options through education.
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Not yet! We engage with tweeps when they talk about us. We polled them and students don't want us to comment on the rest of their life.
Why should we vote for you?
Because we use Twitter for what it's best at. Connecting people online and sharing knowledge. Not shameless self-promotion.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
People from remote parts of the world who have just got web access and are using our open educational resources
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
#ou_new. Part of a campaign we ran a while back where current students gave advice to new students using the hashtag.
How do you make your tweets unique?
By making them relevant to what's going on in the world and offering info we know our followers like. By starting conversations
What inspires you to tweet?
the unexpected replies and great ideas you get from followers. The chance to share content that 100s of people have spent time creating
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
No, but new users of the account always think they are going to tip us over the edge. We work as a team to deliver coordinated content.
140 characters of advice for a new user?
find those with similar interests & get involved in the chat. Don't feel you have to 'always be on twitter'. It's a stream, dip in and out!
How long can you go without a tweet?
Depends how long I'm asleep for.
What question are we not asking here that we should?
What would make you stop tweeting?
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
Added location awareness. Advice from tweeps about the area/place that u are in. Business offer promos at chains on the street u walk down
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
@eddieizzard. Really honest tweets regarding his comedy and charity work.
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
@stephenfry is good for a laugh (if you mean funny as in 'haha'). There are loads of 'funny' in a different way tweeps but i'm too polite ;-)
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That it's all about people telling you what they had for lunch. That people don't have enough time to 'do' Twitter.
Why should people follow you?
Because they want to! And once they do we offer them access to free content relevant to a wide variety of passion-centric communities.
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
@planetou. Feeds out latest blog posts from open university academics and other staff. Great way to keep up with what's going on here.
How do you decide what to tweet?
We take stock of what people have liked (via clicks / RTs). We try to tweet in a way that starts a conversation and isn't simply a statement
Why'd you start tweeting?
To learn from people and keep up-to-date. It's similar to a social RSS I think. I stay for the social.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Kind of. I've been connected to people online for years, but Twitter has made it more immediate and mobile.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Use hashtags to join conversations / enable archiving of useful tweets (via twapper etc)!
How will the world change in the next year?
More android adoption, more location-based data, and more open linked data (semweb / open graph).
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
RTing yourself. Automated news tweets. Spamming popular hashtags. Spelling mistakes. Links that don't work (or lie).
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
Open to people, places, methods and ideas. The Open University provides high-quality university education to all.