10 Days of Twitter for the Master of Media in Journalism and Communications program

This is a self-directed course intended to help you get up-to-speed with Twitter, and if you’re already using Twitter, to get more out of it. The original #10DoT program was devised by Dr Helen Webster, and she made the materials freely available under a Creative Commons license. The #MMJC10DoT version is adapted from her original program, and designed with journalism and communications in mind, where possible.

The original concept is to get up to speed in 10 days, but to keep things manageable, I’ve spread it out during the first half of the term in 9104. Of course, if you’ve been tweeting for a while, this will be a breeze to do, but I hope there’s still some things you’ll learn.

Day One: Setting up your profile

Day Two: Sending tweets

Day Three: Following people

Day Four: Sending @messages

Day Five: Using links and link shorteners

Day Six: Retweeting

Day Seven: Hashtags

Day Eight: Managing People

Day Nine: Managing Information

Day Ten: Archiving, Scheduling & Storytelling

Problems? Try Troubleshooting Twitter


This mini-course is like the other “exercises” in 9104 — it’s graded on a pass/fail basis. If you complete the course, you’ll get the five points! How are the lessons (days) weighted?

  • Day One, Two, Three, Four (1 point)
  • Day Five, Six, Seven (1 point)
  • Day Eight, Nine, Ten (1 point)
  • Your Twitter Moment (2 points)
    • This last point is a chance to use Twitter Moments to create a story about your experience with #MMJC10DoT. Create a short piece that includes either a Tweet from each lesson or day. (For example, you may not have a Tweet about setting up your account, but you may have something to share about  how you wrote your profile, chose your profile pic, decided on a handle, etc.) If you want to add some commentary, try doing a Twitter thread first, describing each step, and use those tweets to supply your narrative.
    • Note: This last step is really, because it’s what you’ll be linking to on your 9104 Exercises page, and how I’ll verify you did the course!

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