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A lof of you have been hearing a lot of buzz about Twitter and may want to join but don’t know how different it is from Facebook and other Social Media Networks.
In this post i basically describe the basics of Twitter and all the fundamentals for teachers.
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a social network just like Facebook, Google+ and the rest. It is a service for friends, family,
and coworkers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. People post Tweets, which may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text. These messages are posted to your profile, sent to your followers , and are searchable on
What’s a Tweet?
Just as we refer to status updates or posts on Facebook, Twitter refers to status updates or posts as tweets. A Tweet is any message posted to Twitter which may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text. Once you’ve signed up, just type your first Tweet in the update box. Twitter will even count the characters for you! Then you Click the Tweet button to post the update to your profile.
Status updates or Tweets are limited to 140 characters.
Unlike other social networks where you can post more words, Twitter limits posts to 140 characters.
The standard text message
length in most places is 160
characters per message. Twitter reserves 20 characters for people’s names, and the other 140 are for every tweet/post of yours. So you have to be creative in your tweets to be able to say a lot in fewer words.
What is follow?
What does it mean to follow
someone on Twitter?
On Facebook we friend people. On Twitter we follow people. Follow means basically to friend a person. Following someone means you’ve chosen to subscribe to their Twitter updates. When you follow someone, every time they post a new message, it will appear on your Twitter home page, just as updates appear in your newsfeed on Facebook.
How do I find people to follow?
When you create an account, you can search for people by name or @ username, import friends from other networks, or invite friends via email . You can also follow some of the people Twitter will suggest to you automatically.
How do I know who I’m following( who i have friend?)
After you click the ‘Follow’ button on someone’s profile, you’re following them. You can see a list of people you’re following by clicking on the following link on your profile page or on your home page’s sidebar.
How do I know who is following me(who has friend me?)
Twitter sends you notification on from your Twitter mobile app( that is if you download the Twitter Mobile App) any time someone new follows you. Twitter also sends you an email when someone new follows you. You can set up your email preferences to notify you when you have a new follower. The ‘Followers ‘ link on your profile page or home page’s sidebar will also tell you who is following you.
Who reads my updates?
Your followers read your updates/tweets. If your Tweets are public, anyone who runs a search for a keyword in your Tweet may be able to see that message. Your Tweets are public by default; if you’re hesitant to have people you may not know read your
updates, you can protect your Tweets to approve followers and keep your updates out of search.
How can I send updates to Twitter?
You can tweet from twitter.com, from your phone, or from
What’s a Retweet (RT)?
A Retweet is a Tweet that you forward to your followers.
What are Direct Messages (DM)?
Direct Messages are private
messages sent from one Twitter user to other Twitter users; they do not appear in public for anyone else to read. The messages appear in the inbox of the recipient on Twitter. You can start a conversation with anyone who follows you.
What are replies?
If a message begins with @
username, meaning it was directed to another user, it is a reply. Click the Reply button on another person’s Tweet to reply to it. Please note that if your Tweets are protected, users who are not following you will not see your replies or mentions.
What is the difference between a
reply and a Direct Message?
A reply is a public message sent
regardless of follow-ship. Anyone
can view it (if your Tweets are
public). A Direct Message is a private message, and can only be seen by the sender and intended recipients.
What is a Retweet (RT)?
A Retweet is a Tweet that you
forward to your followers. It can be your own tweet or tweets of others.
With this basic guide i hope you now know some basics of Twitter and you won’t find it difficult using it. Register and follow us on Twitter for more insights at http://twitter.com/ghteacherdiary
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P. O. Box 209
Telephone: +233-(0) 30-2221515/ +233-(0) 30-2221576
Fax: +233-(0) 30-2226286
Mobile Phone Number: +233-(0) 30-2221576
Information: All correspondences should be addressed to the General Secretary
The GNAT Resource Centre
The GNAT Resource Centre
The GNAT Resource Centre
The Ghana National Association of Teachers has a state of the art Resource Centre which is located at the GNAT Headquarters in Accra. The Resource Centre services GNAT and all members of the Association, free of charge. Services available at the Resource Centre include;
24 Hrs Internet facility
Photocopy, Secretarial and Large format lamination services.
In-service courses for teachers in all subject areas from pre-school to the Senior High School
Attached to the Resource Centre is the GNAT Print Shop. This is an income generating venture and is commercial. The Print Shop is semi-autonomous and is manned by a pseudo-board.
Desktop Publishing : We design your resumes, letters, forms and reports.
Copy Center: The Print Shop offers full service and self-service color and black and white copies with enlargement and reduction capabilities
Offset Printing: We are a complete printing company. Our product ranges include; Letterheads, Text books, Brochures, Certificates, posters etc.
Bindery: – We offer a bindery which includes collating, numbering, scoring, perforating, cutting, comb binding and folding etc.
There shall be a Regional Executive in each region comprising the four Regional officers.: Chairman, Vice chairman, Treasurer and Trustee; and six other members elected at
Conference (Basic schools, senior high schools, colleges of education, Technical institutes, administrative and GNAT-LAS representative.)
A Regional executive shall be responsible for the administration of the regional secretariat and any other duties assigned to it by the Regional Council.
National Officers 2010-2014
Mr Paul Apanga
Mr Samuel Doe Alobuia
Mr Kwame Ofori-Atta
1st National Trustee
1st National Trustee
Mr Samuel Kakra Brobbey
2nd National Trustee
2nd National Trustee
Paulina Nyankah (Mrs)
National Executive Members
Very Rev. Dr.Richard Foli
Mr. Isaac Adjei-Mensah
Ms Georgina Owusuaa
Ms. Amina Achia
Prof. S.M. Quartey
Mr Apanga Paul
Mr Boachie Emmanuel Ofosu
Mrs Mary Amankwah
Mr. Joseph S. Tambilla
Mr Kofi Ayitah
Ms. Christine Ama Akuaku
Ms. Florence S. Kuribila
Mr. S. Djaba – Mensah
Hajia Fatima Kappiah
Ms. Joyce A. Atieku
Ms. Patricia F. Yamson
Mr. Frank Eshun
Mr. Augustine Mensah
Ms Rita Yaro
Mr. D.K Appawu
Shaibu W. Adams
Mr. Samuel Ofori Adjei
Mr E.K Osei
Rev. Charles A Kaku
Mrs. Theresa Naana Dadzie
Mr. John S. Boafo
Mr Paul Y. Adama
Mr Eddy Obeng-Darko
Full membership of the Association shall be opened to all teachers in Ghana.
Member on being admitted to recognize institutions for further studies shall retain membership of the Association.
Members who retire shall become honorary members, but shall have no vote or hold office.
Notwithstanding this provision any retired member who returns to active service shall become a full member.
Members who take full-time appointment with the Association shall retain their membership but shall have no vote or hold elective office.
Cessation of Membership
Suspension: Any member of the Association may be suspended from membership when, in opinion of the National Executive, the conduct of such a member makes this necessary.
A full report of all suspensions made under 6(1), together with any statement by the members concerned, shall be submitted to the next meeting of the National Council for their ratification or referral to the Special Committee set up under 6(3).
If, in the opinion of the National Council, the conduct of any member makes it desirable that the member’s name should not be on the roll of the Association, or that a member shall be suspended, the matter shall be referred to a Special Committee for investigation and recommendations made to the National Council for any necessary action.
A member who is aggrieved by a decision of the National Council may appeal to the National Delegates’ Conference whose decision shall be final.
Resignation: – Individual members of the Association may withdraw their membership after six months’ notice in writing to the National Executive.
Where, during their term of office, elected officers of the Association would normally cease to be members of the association by virtue of their being:
(a) compulsorily and pre-maturely retired;
(b) compulsorily redeployed;
(c) prohibited or prevented from paying their dues to the Association other than as disciplinary sanctions imposed by the Ghana National Association of Teachers as provided for under clauses (1) and (3) above , such officers shall retain their membership, voting rights and office until the expiration of the period for which they were originally elected.