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What is Twitter?

Twitter is a real-time information network powered by people all around the world that lets you share and discover what’s happening now.Twitter asks “What’s happening?” and spreads the answer across the globe to millions immediately. Real time postings are 140 characters or less (including spaces).

How to read a tweet?

If you are not familiar with Twitter, remember the feeds are posted in real time. On the summary lists, the most recent tweets are at the top of the list. To follow a string in order of posting (such as conference proceedings), start at the bottom of the list and work you way up.

Some tweets contain hyperlinks, some don’t. Since hyperlinks to sites, pages or documents can be long, they will be shortened and may appear as a or Click on it as you would any hyperlink and you will arrive at the original site.

Some tweets will contain #hashtags, a # sign followed by a word or code word. This is used when you search on Twitter. If you go on Twitter and search #worklife you will get all feeds related to work-life quality, including those posted by the Institute. For example, to include the reference to the “Whitehouse Forum on Flexibility,” you would use up most of your 140 characters, so tweets include #flexforum or #whflexforum instead.

What is an RT?

An RT is a retweet. It is like forwarding an email message, Someone forwards a tweet to thier followers when they think would find it intersting or valuable.

Where can I find the Vanier Institute on Twitter?

You can find us on Twitter @Vanierinstitute.

You can join Twitter at

What if I can’t access Twitter?

If you can’t access Twitter from your computer but have access to the Internet, we post our daily Twitter feeds or tweets on our Web pages.

Where can I get more information about the Vanier Institute Twitter Feeds?

If you have any trouble access the real-time information, don’t hesitate to contact us.