Instructional design in 140 characters #140id

MP900405536When I talk about the power of the simplicity of Twitter, people often tell me you can’t say much in 140 characters.

So I then usually point them to the very popular Twitter account @cookbook, where on a regular basis Maureen Evans tweets “tiny recipes”, like the ones embedded below.


Maureen obviously needs to use a glossary of terms to pack so much information into one tweet – so here is her Cookbook Glossary.

This got me thinking, could we do the same for other knowledge domains in order to provide some shared daily tips or instructions?

Anybody like to have a go at writing a tweet that contains the instructions for doing something – either on a work-based or personal topic? If you do, can you squeeze in the hashtag #140id so that we can make a collection on Twitter – and if you need to build a glossary, could you provide a link to that in another tweet.


Here are some #140id tweets:


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18 thoughts on “Instructional design in 140 characters #140id

  1. Dave Ferguson

    Quibble: I don’t know that I’d call a 140-character tip “instructional design.”

    Non-quibble: it’s a good exercise in concise performance support (assuming someone actually performs).

    I just created this one:

    Evernote tip: search (e.g.: ‘ tag:xx -tag:yy notebook:yy ‘) ; click magnify glass icon; name & save search for reuse. #140id

    124 characters, including the hashtag.

  2. Phoebe

    Here is one I just tweeted: Productivity tip: carry around a “job” bag with reading, a craft project, a journal, pens, so that it’s on hand if you’re ever stuck. #140id

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  4. Mark L. Sheppard

    Dave does raise a fair point. The collab and crowdsource concepts are awesome, but #140id needs more substance. Love the discussion it’s generating, though. That’s never bad.

  5. Scott Hewitt

    The four word film review has been popular for several years. Restricting the number of words/characters makes you think before you type and be more creative.

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