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Twitter Scavenger Hunt for Digital Literacies & Intercultural Learning May 2 2019 #netnarr


Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 26 seconds

Cat chasing Twitter icon amongst grass and autumn leaves

Cat chasing Twitter. Edited using Sketch app by Maha Bali CC-BY, based on Pixabay image

If you’re aren’t in my class, you are welcome to join our Twitter Scavenger Hunt, scheduled for Thursday May 2nd at 10am Cairo (8am UTC). If you can’t join synchronously, you can always post a mystery photo or such ahead of time, or schedule some tweets then come back later and respond to students or others.

(Note: i am working on some formatting issues)

These are the instructions for the hunt, the goal of which is to experience Twitter (literacy) by practice rather than through direct instruction.


  • Use #netnarr for every tweet or no one will see it
  • Make your tweets welcoming so others understand what you’re doing and feel invited to participate
  • Respond to classmates and others from class by liking, retweeting or actually replying with a tweeted reply or retweet with comment. Keep using #netnarr

Note: if you are completely new to twitter start following classmates. People who have no followers are sometimes invisible to others on Twitter.

First, Engage with tweets and hashtags by other people

  • Send a tweet tagging me @bali_maha indicating you will join Twitter Scavenger hunt. Be as creative as you like.
  • Respond to this tweet using hashtag #netnarr

(Winner is the one who shocks us most!)

  • Find and retweet w comment sthg from #netnarr hashtag and add #netnarr hashtag
  • Find and retweet w comment sthg from #digped hashtag and add #netnarr hashtag in your response

Second, Tweet images

  • Figure out Twitter settings that allow you to add a description to an image you post on Twitter. Turn that setting on. This is to help people with visual disabilities
  • Take a picture from your phone now, that is either of something up close, hazy, or slightly digitally edited so as to appear mysterious and invite others to guess what it is (add a Twitter description to it that doesn’t give away what it is). Tweet with hashtag #netnarr #mysteryphoto

Winner is the one whose photo no one can guess

  • Check out other people’s mystery photos and respond by guessing

Winner is the one who guesses the most photos correctly.

  • Create an image (or find one) that you think represents either (cultural) hybridity or equity. Ask people on Twitter to “like” and retweet your tweet if they think your image represents hybridity or equity well.
  • Winner is the one who gets many likes and retweets.

Third, Collaborate on poetry

  • Invite people to write a poem with you collaboratively… start the first verse and invite others to continue (or find a poem others have started, and continue it). For each verse, use hashtags #netnarr #poem
  • When you have 5 or more verses, you have a poem!

Winners are the ones with longer, coherent and/or creative poems with multiple collaborators)

Fourth, Tweeting from things you read

In class, we often read articles in class and quote our favorite sentences in Slack. Let’s do this for articles online as well.

  • Pick an article you were reading online recently. Find out the Twitter handle of the author or at least of the magazine/newspaper it’s from… and tweet out a quote from it, including “by” the author’s Twitter, and/or “via” the newspaper/magazine/source. include hashtag #netnarr
  • Tweet favorite quotes from here for practice

Engage others

  • Tweet out something you think is fake news and ask Twitter if they think it’s fake or not. You can use items from your Fake News assignment. Use hashtags #netnarr #FakeOrNot
  • Guess about other people’s fake news tweets, and keep using both hashtags (by guess, I actually mean investigate whether it’s fake or not in a systematic way and insert your evidence as to whether it is true, mostly true, probably true, probably fake, mostly fake or fake)
  • Let people know after a few guesses whether they got it right or wrong.

Note- keep checking Twitter for a day or so to see if others have responded to you

Six, Reflect

Post a tweet or brief blogpost reflecting on the experience.


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