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While many people use the microblogging program Twitter for social interaction, it has several functionalities that can make it a wonderful research and learning tool. Below are fifteen Twitter tools that can enhance your use of Twitter in instruction and learning.
Want to see what is trending in your state or hometown? Trendsmap can show you that by highlighting the trending topics based on geographic regions. (This is a freemium service that allows you limited access for free and more specialized access for a fee.)
Track keywords, phrases, hashtags, mentions, and more on Twitter using Warble. You can set up alerts to ensure that you never miss the latest on your favorite topic or research.
Social Media in Business
Twitter lists can include many sources (blogs from mainstream media sources, independent organizations, and public intellectuals) and be a wonderful way to organize research by using a service you already know--Twitter.
Facebook for Research
Most people and businesses have a Facebook page, so when conducting research, look for a Facebook page for a particular research, organization, or publication. Simply "like" the page. Then, regular updates will appear in your news stream.