The Twitter Stream 4


It is Work Experience Week at the Twitter Stream and both the Tweet family and the Promoted family have gone to show their tweetlets what work at the Twitter Stream entails.

The Twitter birds are giving demonstrations of the processes used for registering new accounts and enabling Follow/Block/Report for Spam. One demonstration took the form of a skit titled Managing Salacious Bird.

There were cheers and whistles as a blue footed booby wearing fishnet stockings and far too much make up teetered up to a large screen and entered her details. She then created her profile using the Twitter handle @TootsieBoobytweet

A group of Iconic Twitter Birds demonstrated How to Enable the Follow.

Salacious Bird selected several she would like to follow herself and proceeded to send the same website link to each one.

The narrator commented that the link she was sending could be risky to follow and could lead to an unsuitable site and suggested that many would not want to follow @TootsieBoobytweet and would want to Block her.
There was a discussion about cyber safety while the Karate Tweets showed methods for Blocking (and several other moves)

It became clear that @TootsieBoobytweet was sending links to the same unsavoury site to many people.
The narrator commented that @TootsieBoobytweet should be reported for spam and a police consultant showed how to manage a Report for Spam.

As Retweet watched the demonstrations it reinforced for her the importance of teaching the wise use of Twitter, maintaining cyber safety and having good netiquette and manners.

Tweetelle tugged on Retweet’s wingtip. “What does salacious mean?” she asked.

“We’ll talk about it when we get home!” Retweet replied.

The Twitter Stream 3


It is Work Experience Week at the Twitter Stream and both the Tweet family and the Promoted family have gone to show their tweetlets what work at the Twitter Stream entails.

A simulation exercise of a Fail Whale Removal was staged in order to promote interest in the Emergency Services as a career path for tweetlets. Barrow Bird demonstrated how to run out the carry away net. RunRun Bird handed out helium balloons shaped like Emergency Services workers to the tweetlets. Promoted donned an orange hardhat and explained that sometimes when an excessive number of tweets were put into the Twitter Stream a Fail Whale would swim into the stream from the ocean and clog it. When that happened it was the duty of the Emergency Services workers to place carry away nets around the whale and take it back out to the ocean before it became completely beached.

(“Beached az… Bro!” interjected a heckler with a Kiwi accent.)

Tweetil was very excited by the display and said that if he could not be Leader of the Great Migrations he would like to be a Twitter Emergency Services worker.

But Tweetelle’s reaction took almost everyone by surprise.
“Why isn’t anyone looking after the whale?” she asked. She ran to the lemonade stand and grabbed one of the jugs and started to pour water over the Fail Whale.

After the demonstration of the removal of the Fail Whale Tweetelle was still upset.
“Why don’t they fix the entrance to the Twitter Stream so that even if more tweets are put in it will not open the stream to the sea and let the whale in?” she demanded. “And why is the whale being treated as a villain to be removed rather than a victim who has to the rescued?”

Retweet was not surprised at Tweetelle’s emotional reaction or by the very different viewpoint she was expressing. She remembered the quote about the nature of giftedness from Annemarie Roeper which the Psych Owl Ogist had shown her.


“We could talk to a software engineer about it. Maybe we could do some problem solving projects about it in our NEST Ed” Retweet said.

The Twitter Stream 2


It is Work Experience Week at the Twitter Stream and both the Tweet family and the Promoted family have gone to show their tweetlets what work at the Twitter Stream entails.

“We are going to see the latest news about the celebrities” announced Trending, herding her tweetlets towards the part of the Twitter Stream where the ENews hashtag posts were being fed into the stream.

“Well, hop to it, chickees!” said Great Aunt Hashtag “Go and find Justin Tweeber!”

There was a chorus of “WHO?” from Tweetil and Tweetelle.

“How can they not know who Justin Tweeber is?” Great Aunt Hashtag demanded of Retweet. She rummaged in the storage compartment under the seat of her walker and produced a poster. “There! That’s Justin Tweeber. I am sure Trending’s tweetlets would recognise him. What on earth are you teaching these tweetlets in your NEST Ed studies, Retweet?”

Retweet thought to herself that she was very grateful they had decided not to send their tweetlets to the local flock and continued with teaching them at home by NEST Ed.
She fought back the urge to say “We study the dynamics and physics of flight, migration patterns, geography, geology, astronomy and meteorology, navigation, fractals, chaos theory, food preparation, ethics and morals, philosophy, comparative religion, art, music and communication skills”

She contented herself with saying “The tweetlets are too young to learn about the lives of celebrities!”

The Twitter Stream


An important aspect of education is preparing the students for their future careers and the work experience component of the Careers subject can give the students a taste of what it would be like to work in a particular field.
Sometimes if students have been given radical acceleration they are studying the Careers subject before they are legally old enough to participate in the work experience.

It is Work Experience Week at the Twitter Stream and both the Tweet family and the Promoted family have gone to show their tweetlets what work at the Twitter Stream entails. The tweetlets who are doing work experience are shown how to gather posts (tweets) from all the @posts and all the #hashtags and all the links and tip them into the Twitter Stream. They are told it does not matter whether the #hashtags were put in the upper case or in the lower case they are all to be tipped into the Twitter Stream.

Promoted and Trending are eager to show their tweetlets Promoted Jnr and Popular how celebrities and entrepreneurs use the Twitter Stream and what type of careers they could pursue using Twitter.

Tweetil and Tweetelle are not quite old enough to work and Tweet and Retweet are more interested in investigating the use of Twitter for developing a PLN for educational collaboration to assist them with their NEST Ed.
When they are asked what careers they would like to follow Tweetil usually says he wants to be a Leader of the Great Migrations and to play the drums or else to be a pirate and Tweetelle says she wants to be a famous artist or a caterpillar curator.
Great Aunt Hashtag used to work at the Twitter Stream. She is now retired and proudly displaying her long service golden hashtag hatpin.
She is keen for the tweetlets to follow in her steps and work at the Twitter Stream although she tells everyone quite stridently that work at the Twitter Stream is not what it was ‘in her day – what with all these new fangled ideas’.