Twitter is a great way to communicate with team members, parents, and others in the FIRST community. Many teams use twitter for quick, instant communication.

One advantage of twitter is that it is instant and easy for others to “follow you”. If someone has a twitter account, they can follow you through twitter. If they do not have a twitter account, they can follow you via text messaging. To follow someone, just text ‘follow NAME’ to 40404 in the US. For example type: “Follow @cyberblue234” to the number 40404 to follow Cyber Blue.

Twitter can be a very effective communication tool for:

* Information on meeting times and locations, especially last minute changes or cancellations.

* Letting others in FIRST or with a robotics interest know what you are doing.

Keep in mind that twitter is instant, and you cannot delete or “call back” a tweet once it is sent!

Hashtags (#xxxx) are a way to flag your tweets so that people who follow special interests can see your tweets, even if they are not following you. For example, if you use the hashtag #omgrobots, anyone who is following that hashtag will see your tweet. Examples of robotics related hashtags are #FIRST, #firstweets, #omgrobots, #robots, #makeitloud