Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Twitter hashtags about children’s books, writing, publishing, and education

We can officially add Twitter to the list of Things-I-Said-I’d-Never-Do-But-Now-I-Am. Since I’ve only been tweeting for a couple of weeks, it may be premature to compile this list, but what the heck. 

Hashtags are the way people index their tweets, which allows anyone searching on a hashtag to find info about, say #ebooks or #elemed (elementary education) or #math. Here’s an example from fellow I.N.K. blogger, Vicki Cobb:

"Before you cobble together free reading material for your kids, read this: http://bit.ly/b02i0o #education #edweeklive #literacy."

I’m not sure what #edweeklive is, will have to check it out, might be a conference. The shortened URLs are obtained at bit.ly or some other service for free. If there are tweet buttons on the blog, the post's URL is automatically shortened for the tweet.

By the way, I’m tweeting under @LoreenLeedy, so hope to see you there. The tags in bold are the ones I use the most…without any further ado, here are the tags:

#amediting        from people who are editing
#amwriting        from people who are writing
#arted               art education
#artsed             arts education
#arteacher
#askagent         agent questions and answers
#author
#authors
#bio
#bookapps        book-like apps for iPad, Android, etc.
#childrensbooks
#classroom
#dads
#ece               early childhood education
#editing
#ebooks
#edapp           educational app
#edchat
#edtech          education technology
#education
#edubk            books about teaching
#elemchat     
#elemed          elementary education
#elementary
#ellchat           english language learners
#ePrdctn         electronic production (e.g. book designers)
#esl                 english as a second language
#fictionfriday
#hsc                homeschool
#homeschool
#iamwriting
#illustration
#innochat         innovation
#journchat 
#kedu               kindergarten education
#kidlit              children’s literature
#kidlitchat
#kidlitPRchat   marketing children's books
#kids
#kidsapps
#kidsbooks
#lessonplans
#library
#librarians
#litchat
#literacy
#math
#maths
#mathchat
#mathteachers
#mglitchat          middle grade literature chat
#mlearning         mobile device learning, e.g. phones, tablets, etc.
#moms
#nanowrimo       national novel writing month
#NFforKids        nonfiction for kids
#nonfiction
#novels
#novelists
#ntchat               new teacher chat
#pblit                  picture book literature
#pblitchat           picture book literature chat
#picturebooks
#poem
#poet
#poets
#poetry
#preschool
#printdesign
#pubtip                publication tips
#publishing
#SCBWI              re the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator
#science
#scifi
#scifichat
#scribechat
#selfpublishing
#storyappchat     chat for book app authors, illustrators, developers, and users
#storycraft
#teacher
#teachpreschool
#titletalk             librarians talking about specific book titles
#tlchat                teacher-librarians
#webfic              web fiction
#weblit               web literature
#wip                   work in progress
#writechat
#writegoal
#writequote       quotations about writing
#writer
#writers
#writetip            writing tip
#writing
#writingtips        writing advice
#wrotetoday
#yalitchat          young adult literature chat
#ya

Tags that end with -chat are discussions held at a scheduled time such as once a week, but some people seem to put them on tweets at any time.

My source for some of these is here: Daily Writing Tips and here: Cybraryman. The rest I cribbed from reading various tweets, of course.

[Update Feb. 20, 2012: Added and deleted some tags. Suggestions are welcome!]

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