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TwitVid (Click link to return to main WIKI page)

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I. History

-Questions to consider: How was the application developed? How does the application work? Are there any ways to use this application alongside others?

TwitVid was created by Mohamed Adham and Adil Lalani in their dorm room at the University of Waterloo in Canada.  TwitVid has only been running for about a year (it was launched in the summer of 2009) but has already received a lot of attention from the media.  Many celebrities are now using the application to share videos with their fans. Adham and Lalani created TwitVid so people could share videos with anyone anywhere in the world. (RL)

To use this application, all you need is internet connection. No account is necessary to view videos, and the application is free. An account is needed only to make comments on user's videos and upload your own videos. Also the account needed is linked to "Twitter", matter of fact you can register an account with "Twitter" and just use that account to sign in to "TwitVid" (FV) 

You can upload your own videos to your "Twitter stream" through your computer, cell phone, or webcam. There is also a feature of this application called "Auto Share" that allows your videos to be automatically shared through YouTube, Facebook, and Myspace, too. (AG)

By using this application, it is possible for people to comment directly on videos and other posts in real time. There is little to no delay, just as is expected through the use of genuine twitter. Videos that are posted are also shown on the homepage and can be easily accessed through the search bar either on a mobile website or through the actual webpage when accessed on a computer. (VO)

This application is accessible through many different forms of technology.  While viewing the webpage there is a FAQ link users can click at the bottom and this link will allow users to download apps to tweet videos from their phone.  This makes "Twitvid" easily acessible to users while they are on the go. (CB)

Soon Twitvid will add a technology that allows real-time streaming, where your twitter followers can start watching the video immediately while you are uploading the video. TwtiVid will also offer an easy way to let you resume uploading if you lose your connection. (MD)

Twitvid also has incorporated and application for the IPhone. This application is designed to allows users to upload their videos to Twitvid right from the convenience of their IPhone. (MD)

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II. How Relates to other Applications

-Questions to consider: How does this application compare to the competitors? What are some unique uses of this specific application?

"TwitVid" has a very simple title. Most internet users have heard of or even use "Twitter" accounts to blog about issues and opinions, and are familiar with the popular saying: to "Twit". The "Vid" suffix emphasizes that this site is a video streaming version of "Twitter". Unlike video sharing sites like "Metacafe", "TwitVid" is more straight forward because of its name. (FV) 

According to TwitVid Overview on the website, TwitVid allows users to view videos before the upload process is finished, which is much different from other sites. Also, it allows users to upload and "tweet" videos extremely fast; faster than many of the other Twitter applications that support video uploads. (AG)

When searching the "TwitVid" application it actually searches all "Youtube" videos that have been posted on the site as well.  "Twitvid" ranks the results of information it brings up by popularity and most recently viewed.  "Twitvid" uses these sorting strategies to help its viewers find the information they are looking for in the quickest way possible. (CB)

TwitVid has also incorporated a "virtual gift giving" tool. Similar to Facebook's gift giving tool, you can send a gift to your favorite twitter friend. (MD)
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III. Real World Applications

-This section will include 3 Lesson Plans for each Elementary, Secondary, and Post Secondary levels. One out of the three needs to be STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) related. 

-An additional section under this heading will provide information about how this application can be used in a Business/Industry Setting.

Elementary Lesson Plans

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:Post Secondary Lesson Plans

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IV. Demonstration of Educational Value

TwitVid is very similar to YouTube in that you can immediately watch videos on virtually anything you want.  This level of technology directly relates to the classroom.  As a teacher you can show your students real life situations that your lesson applies to.  Many students learn better visually- TwitVid allows this kind of learning to take place by streaming videos to your students on how to complete an art project or real life science research taking place in Alaska.  The educational possibilities are growing as more and more videos are being uploaded everyday. (RL)

 "Twitvid" is used throughout many different businesses and organizations.  This application is used to help keep workers and customers in contact with one another in a fast and simple way.  This is a way for businesses to promote what they are selling and for them to receive feedback from their customer’s satisfaction and suggestions.  "Twitvid" has proven to be a successful way for businesses to receive feedback.  I think with time teachers and students will also find this as an easy way to communicate with one another.  Teachers could post useful lessons or videos that they could ask their students to view at home and comment about.  (CB)
Through the utilization of the searchbar, it is easy to uncover information that relates to most all topics and curriculum. TwitVid contains all types of video, ranging from the basic to the complex. For example, it is possible to search through for something youthful and simple such as "Sesame Street" and utilize one of these videos to help students learn or, for the opposite side of the spectrum, it is entirely possible to type in "State of the Union" and allow students to actually watch clips from the President's most recent State of the Union address. These videos help students learn in different ways, something that is especially helpful when students can only learn in certain ways such as visually. (VO)

There are only limited uses of "TwitVid" as an educational tool, however, in the field of Politics and the overall study of Political Science the site is very useful. How so? Using a "Twitter" account; many politicians (ex: Senator Bob Corker) will post videos on "TwitVid" that can influence their voters, explain the reasoning behind their recent vote, and more. "TwitVid" allows its users to post videos, either linked from a site like YouTube or a personally shot video onto their account and in effect sponsor the content of the video. This is educational in that it allows one to study their politicians and understand what views they are for and against based on their posted videos. (FV)
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V. How is used Internationally?

-Provide examples and/or information about how this application can be used in countries outside of the United States.

TwitVid can be used to immediately share information about real life events that are going on anywhere in the world.  You can post videos to go along with a blurb or caption of information to inform your viewers of what the video is about.  UNICEF (United Nations Childrens Fund) is located in the United Nations but they share their stories to anyone in the whole world by using TwitVid. (RL)

Twitter has become a name that is recognized around the world, especially in conjunction with celebrities and politics. Because the name "twitter" itself has gathered so much recent popularity, connecting it to an application such as TwitVid allows the public to gather an understanding about what to expect prior to visiting the side. Because the site is named so similarly to the conjunction site, visitors expect to see quick comments and fast responses on new posts and information. When utilized internationally, people are able to quickly access information about worldwide projects, charities, and organizations rather than limiting themselves to local news. (VO)

TwitVid was originally started by Mohamed Adham and Adil Lalani in Canada at the University of Waterloo, so it is already an international effort. Similar to Facebook, Myspace, YouTube, Twitter, and other video sharing applications, TwitVid is used by people all over the world to share their experiences through videos that others from different countries can view. Many celebrities are beginning to use the TwitVid application as well, and this could even help to expand their images, specifically bands who go on tour around the world. (AG)

I am in Ankara, Turkey now and I can watch the videos shared on TwitVid.  I can access the information about people, their lifestyles, their interests, and so on by these videos. In addition to that I can make comments and share my opinions with them. It doesn't matter how far I am from these people and  this is exactly because of the availability of TwidVid to all over the world. (GT)
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VI. References

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