The Reading / Listening - Level 5

People on Twitter can now send messages that are longer than 140 characters. Tweets are still restricted to the 140-character limit but Direct Messages (DMs) can be up to 10,000 characters. DMs are personal communications sent from one person to another. Twitter's Product Manager blogged about the change. He wrote: "You can now chat on and on in a single Direct Message and likely still have some characters left over." He added: "Direct Messages let you have private conversations....Tweets…are an opportunity for you to spark a conversation about what's happening in your world."



Twitter will make the changes over the next few weeks on a country-by-country basis. The site's co-founder recently admitted Twitter needed to do better to keep up with its competitors. Twitter currently has about 300 million global users while rival Facebook has more than 1.4 billion. Facebook has spent a lot of money on making their messaging services more user-friendly. Twitter has been trying the same throughout this year. It recently started group DMs and let people accept private messages, even from people they do not follow.

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Sources
  • http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2489456,00.asp
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3195532/Finally-Twitter-gets-rid-restrictive-140-character-limit-direct-messages.html
  • http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/twitter-lifts-140-character-message-6242093


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

send messages that are longer

a.

on

2.

restricted to the 140-

b.

your world

3.

up to

c.

left over

4.

You can now chat on and

d.

conversation

5.

still have some characters

e.

than 140 characters

6.

private

f.

character limit

7.

spark a

g.

conversations

8.

what's happening in

h.

10,000 characters



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

over the

a.

friendly

2.

on a country-by-country

b.

messages

3.

keep up

c.

300 million global users

4.

Twitter currently has about

d.

do not follow

5.

more user-

e.

with its competitors

6.

throughout

f.

next few weeks

7.

accept private

g.

this year

8.

even from people they

h.

basis

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

People on Twitter (1) ___________________ messages that are longer than 140 characters. Tweets are (2) ___________________ the 140-character limit but Direct Messages (DMs) can be up to 10,000 characters. DMs are personal communications sent (3) ___________________ to another. Twitter's Product Manager blogged about the change. He wrote: "You can now chat (4) ___________________ single Direct Message and likely still have some characters left over." He added: "Direct Messages let you have private conversations....Tweets…are (5) ___________________ you to spark a conversation about what's happening (6) ___________________."

Twitter will make the changes (7) ___________________ weeks on a country-by-country basis. The site's co-founder (8) ___________________ Twitter needed to do better (9) ___________________ its competitors. Twitter currently has about 300 million global users while rival Facebook has more than 1.4 billion. Facebook (10) ___________________ money on making their messaging services (11) ___________________. Twitter has been trying the same throughout this year. It recently started group DMs (12) ___________________ private messages, even from people they do not follow.





TWITTER SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about Twitter in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

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Q.5.

 

 

 

 

  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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FREE WRITING

Write about Twitter for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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