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 third 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 graded on a pass/fail basis. If you complete the course, you’ll get the five points for this assignment! 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 web page documenting the journey (2 points)
    • This last point is a chance to use your newfound HTML skills to create a story about your experience with #MMJC10DoT. Create a short piece that includes either a Tweet from each lesson or day. (At the very least, embed one tweet from each of the three bullet points above.)
    • How do you embed a tweet? Click on those three dots at the top right of the tweet you want to use, and choose “Embed Tweet”. Then click on the blue “copy code” button, and paste that code into your HTML document.
  • Publish this page, and then input the URL into the Assignment on OWL.
  • Note: This last step is really important, because it’s how I’ll verify you did the course. Here’s a sample of what that might look like.

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