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Twitter Observation Paper Assignment Instructions

Pretend that you are going out on the job market. Your goal is to learn about how people in the field communicate, what they value in discourse, and what conventions are considered “industry standard” before going on interviews. To do this, since you’re short on time to go out searching the world, you turn to Twitter. You examine the accounts of 1 professional organization and 1 member of your discipline to help you figure out what you should be doing and thinking about. Tell me about what you learn.

*Make sure you choose profiles that active. If someone tweeted once, you aren’t going to learn very much from them.

You will need to consider a few things:

  • What do you see when you look at the profiles? Help me see what you see.
    • You might want to think about the images they use, the links they share, who they “retweet,” and what’s going on in their biography. But there also might be more for consideration.
    • What do you learn about your discipline from these profiles and the tweets that they share?
    • What do you learn about interacting as a member of your discipline from these profiles and the tweets that they share?
    • Does what you see in the profile of the individual member of your field speak back to what you learn about the industry from the professional organization? How so, or why not?
    • How does this field define “professional” and/or “professionalism”?
    • What does it mean to be part of __________ culture?

Please don’t feel you need to directly answer all of the questions, and don’t treat it like a question and answer session. These are the things you should consider and develop within your paragraphs. Remember, it’s not enough to just say “I see this.” You have to tell your readers why and how they should think about what you’re showing them.



  • First draft – 600+ words with MLA style Works Cited page and hyperlinks
  • Due Tuesday, February 11.
    • Post draft to blog by class time.
    • Bring draft to class to workshop.
  • Complete draft – 1000+ words with all requirements
  • Due Thursday, February 18.
    • Post draft to blog by class time.