Twitter: September 11, 2017

CLP CURRENT EVENTS: September 11, 2017

brought to teachers by Susie Marcus, CLP consultant, with CLP staff. Click here for goals and the philosophy behind our current events.

Welcome back to school and to Week 1 of CLP’s weekly current event for teachers!

TOPIC: Twitter: To Tweet or Not to Tweet

twit·ter verb
1. (of a bird) give a call consisting of repeated light tremulous sounds.
synonyms: chirp, chirrup, cheep, tweet, peep, chatter, trill, warble, sing
2. make a posting on the social media website Twitter.

Twit-ter noun
Social networking website that allows users to publish short messages known as tweets that are visible to other users. These messages can only be 140 characters or less in length. Uses for twitter may include basic communication between friends and family, a way to publicize an event, company’s marketing device, politician’s communication tool, and so on. Twitter was founded in 2006; as of 2008 Twitter was estimated to have between 4 and 5 million users, and was the third most popular social networking site after Facebook and MySpace.

Adapted from

NEWS SOURCES: About Twitter

Twitter at 10: the good, the bad and the ‘where does it go from here?
by Gary Marshall, Techradar, March 21, 2016
CLP says: good Twitter overview and intro

Social Media update — 24% of internet users (21% of all U.S. adults) use Twitter …
by Pew Research Center – Internet & Technology Nov. 11, 2016
CLP says: about social media generally including commentary about Twitter.

The American Idea in 140 Characters
by Vann R. Newkirk II, March 24, 2016, The Atlantic.
In 10 years of existence, Twitter has given rise to forces that are completely reshaping the course of political dialog.
CLP says: interesting, straightforward overview

CNN Poll: Voters Want Trump to Stop Tweeting
by Theodore Bunker, Newsmax, Aug. 8, 2017.
The majority of American voters think Trump’s tweeting habit is a problem. … (But) voters were more mixed on whether his tweets effectively “share his views on important issues,” …
CLP says: poll numbers may be found here

Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest
by Zeynep Tufekci, Yale University Press. May 16, 2017.
In Twitter and Tear Gas a scholar-activist explores the links between technology and mass protest.
CLP recommended reading: an insightful and worthwhile book review on Twitter’s perils and plusses.

Why a few Oregon legislators swear by Twitter – and the rest don’t use it
by Jacy Marmaduke, The Oregonian/OregonLive, July 16, 2015
CLP notes: a tad dated but interesting.



  • What is twitter? What are the requirements to tweet?
  • How does Twitter’s 140 limit on characters affect communication?
  • Does twitter simplify issues or make them more complicated?
  • How is Twitter used? By news organizations? The government? Political parties? The President? Other?
For more questions to consider


Lesson Plans
Constitutional Connections
Oregon State Social Science Standards
We the People Lesson Connections

Click here for more information about our Current Events and to view our Current Events Archive!

Click here to start receiving our Current Events.