How I Use It
My students have generic twitter handles that I have created (and we use a class hashtag). I spent a lot of time reiterating the norms and expectations for online usage of Twitter (and other social media sites). I use Twitter with them for several purposes--sometimes they will be asked to comment on readings, current events, and activities. I also allow them to tweet out questions that we, as a collective whole, don't know the answer to.
Some students struggled with the informality of it--that is, they became too informal with the format and didn't really take what they were asked to as actual assignments; more like, "I am chatting with my friend and so I don't have to follow expectations and norms." Most students were great with the format and really enjoyed tweeting.
I find Twitter very useful personally. It is a great way to connect with other educators, to grow my PLN, to learn about new opportunities & resources, and to become a better teacher.
What I really like about Twitter is that it allows my students to communicate with each other and with the wider world. Privacy and safety is my biggest concern and how to manage the usage with my students. The students really enjoy using twitter to comment on projects and to connect with outside people. It is an opportunity where they don't have to write in complete sentences and abbreviations are allowed.