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The art of explaining science on social media

Having expertise is one thing. Explaining it is another. At TechTweets, we’re developing online learning tools to help you share your expertise in explanatory Twitter threads, or "Tweetorials."

Our learning resources:

How to Write

How are tweetorials structured? What goes in the first tweet? Learn more about what makes tweetorials tick.

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Interactive Tutorials

Explore our interactive tutorials that show you how to hook the reader from the first tweet.

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Tweetorial Collection

Browse tweetorials and view annotations that reveal what makes some of the best tweetorials so effective.

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Why tweetorials?

Whether to educate, correct the record, or simply spark curiosity and wonder, tweetorials offer scientists a compact and engaging way to share their ideas with a wide audience.

But explaining complex science is hard. Explaining it in 280-character chunks is harder. That's where we come in: Our online learning tools will help scientists learn to explain science on Twitter.

Who are we?

We are an interdisciplinary team of computer science researchers and science journalists. Our mission is to empower scientists to communicate directly with the broader public by providing a suite of free, online learning resources and AI-powered writing tools.

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The project is led by Professor Lydia Chilton, Tim Requarth (@timrequarth), and Katy Ilonka Gero (@katyilonka), with help from Sarah Huang, Jennifer Lee, and Kelsey Namba. If you are interested in collaborating or learning more about the project, please contact katy [at] cs [dot] columbia [dot] edu. This work is supported in part by a Magic Grant from the Brown Institute of Media Innovation.