The first Tweet was sent on 21 March 2006 and now there are more than 500 million Twitter accounts in existence. Probably only about half of these are actually used regularly, but that’s still a pretty impressive figure. Around 2.3 million of these belong to French people.

Every minute, across the world, 100,000 Tweets are sent. And now French schoolchildren are sending them as part of their lessons. Twittclasses are being experimented with by 300 teachers in primary schools. The idea began on a school trip when a teacher noticed how kids were sending Tweets to their parents on their mobiles to let them know how they were. The kids had to be clear and succinct when communicating, which are useful skills. And so the Twittclasses began. Each day one child in the class sends a Tweet to another Twittclasse in France, or abroad, telling them what they’re doing, or asking a question, or even giving a move in a game of Twitter chess. Knowing that quite a few people are going to read this Tweet, the pupil writes very carefully so as not to make mistakes and obviously has to keep it brief too (less than 140 characters).

This sounds a rather cool idea and maybe I can use something like this in my English Club. Hmm.

And here’s the verb Tweeter in all its permutations that only the French could think of!