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This is an introduction to Twitter from a presentation given at Miner Library, University of Rochester Medical Center on 1/29/2010

This is an introduction to Twitter from a presentation given at Miner Library, University of Rochester Medical Center on 1/29/2010

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    • Twitter
      What’s happening –
      in 140 characters or less
      Donna Berryman – Miner Library – January 2010
    • http://twitter.com
    • Email:
      Email can be sent to one specific person - if you know their address
      TO:
      Subject:
      __________________
      _________
      _________
      Or you can send an exact duplicate of the message to a whole bunch of people on an email list (provided you have their correct addresses)
    • Email:
      Email can be sent to one specific person - if you know their address
      TO:
      Subject:
      __________________
      _________
      _________
      Or you can send an exact duplicate of the message to a whole bunch of people on an email list (provided you have their correct addresses)
      Text:
      How R U?
      Texts are sent from one phone to another – if you have the number
    • Type one message, once, and it goes
      You don’t need to know an email address or a phone number
    • What is Twitter?
      A free, web-based social networking service
      Community of:
      People you follow
      People who follow you
      Tweets
      140 characters
      What’s happening?
      What are you doing?
    • What is Twitter?
      River – Everyone knows the location of the river. Sometimes, you choose to go fish there. Sometimes, you don’t. But the information river is there….
      [See Richard Dale’s presentation on this at http://bit.ly/8ZIiOR]
    • What is Twitter?
      River – Everyone knows the location of the river. Sometimes, you choose to go fish there. Sometimes, you don’t. But the information river is there….
      [See Richard Dale’s presentation on this at http://bit.ly/8ZIiOR]
      Cocktail party – You’ve invited a lot of your friends to a big party. You wander among them, listening in here, chatting there.
      [See John Reid’s post at http://bit.ly/lW5n7]
    • What is Twitter?
      River – Everyone knows the location of the river. Sometimes, you choose to go fish there. Sometimes, you don’t. But the information river is there….
      [See Richard Dale’s presentation on this at http://bit.ly/8ZIiOR]
      Cocktail party – You’ve invited a lot of your friends to a big party. You wander among them, listening in here, chatting there.
      [See John Reid’s post at http://bit.ly/lW5n7]
      Twitter is a Conversation
    • Conversation
      Twitter = the service
      Tweeple = a cutesy way of saying “people”
      Twitterverse = all the people using Twitter
      Tweets, retweets, tinyurls, hastags, @, DM
    • Tweet:
    • Tweet:
      Icon or photo this user chose to use with their account
    • Tweet:
      User name for the author of this tweet
    • Tweet:
      Message
    • Retweet
      A retweet occurs when one author repeats a tweet written by someone else.
    • Retweet
      When that happens, you’ll see RT in the tweet.
    • Retweet
      When that happens, you’ll see RT in the tweet.
      Following the RT will be the copied message. The @ sign gives the name of the original author.
    • Retweet
      Why retweet? Twitter is a community of communities. You follow certain people. The people who follow you, however, follow others, also. Retweeting a message sends it to many other communities.
      If you post something of interest to a lot of people, you may be surprised to see it retweeted and retweeted.
    • # (Hashtag)
      People often tweet about conferences or classes or events they are attending. This allows people who are not in attendance the opportunity to know some of what’s happening at the event.
      Or they are tweeting about a certain subject.
    • # (Hashtag)
      This tweet includes a # followed by several characters. It’s called a hashtag.
      A hashtag (#) identifies this tweet with a certain subject or event.
      The hashtag also allows people to search & easily find all the tweets on a certain subject or from a certain event.
    • # (Hashtag)
      In this case, #engage365 was the hashtag chosen to identify tweets about a webinar on social media presented by Engage365.
      People can search Twitter for #engage365 and see all the tweets that attendees wrote about the webinar.
    • # (Hashtag)
      Some famous hashtags:
      #FF = Follow Friday. When you see this hashtag in a tweet, it is generally followed by names. The author of the tweet is recommending these people as interesting tweeters and thinks you might want to follow them, too. (This hashtag is usually only used on Fridays, as the name implies)
      #SOTU = State of the Union. People used this to identify tweets about President Obama’s speech on 1/27/2010.
    • Tiny URL:
    • Tiny URL:
      Twitter is also used to notify everyone about a new paper or blog posting or news article that may be of interest. That’s what’s happening here.
    • Tiny URL:
      But, Twitter messages are limited to 140 characters. The web address for this news item is: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/01/stillbirth_tied_to_gum_disease.html?ft=1
      That’s too many characters. So here, a URL shortening service has been used (this one was http://bit.ly). Now the URL has fewer characters.
      By shortening the URL, the author can post a message AND the location of this news item.
    • @
      @ = reply
      Here, eagledawg is replying to something BerrymanD tweeted
      The @ is sometimes called a mention.
    • @
      While this reply is in response to something posted by BerrymanD,
      it is not a private message.
      Others can see it.
      You will often see the @ in the tweets of the people you follow, even if they are not replying to you.
    • Remember this:
    • Remember this:
      There’s also this:
      A single person
    • Direct Messages (DM)
      Direct messages are private messages shared between twitter users.
      These are NOT public.
      In order to send a DM, both parties must be following each other.
    • So, let’s get started!
      Sign up at http://twitter.com
    • Profiles
      Complete your profile!
    • Profiles
      Complete your profile!
      This is important – it tells people a bit about you. It helps people decide whether or not you’re someone they might want to follow. Yes, it’s public information.
    • Profiles
      Complete your profile!
      Upload a photo or icon
    • Profiles
      Complete your profile!
      Upload a photo or icon
      Find people or organizations to follow
    • Profiles
      Complete your profile!
      Upload a photo or icon
      Find people or organizations to follow
      You can let Twitter access your email accounts & look for people who have already signed up. Do this if you wish.
      You can look for people you already know who tweet
      You can browse through categories of tweeters on Twitter
      You can browse tweets on the public twitter timeline
    • Profiles
      Complete your profile!
      Upload a photo or icon
      Find people or organizations to follow
      So, who tweets?
      Most major news outlets: New York Times, CNN, the Democrat & Chronicle, NPR etc.
      Most media outlets & many corporations
      Celebrities & non-celebrities
      Physicians, educators, athletes….. The list is endless
    • Profiles
      Complete your profile!
      Upload a photo or icon
      Find people or organizations to follow
      And TWEET!
      Join the conversation.
      You can start by following me, if you wish.
      Or maybe you’d like to follow………?
    • What if I don’t want to sign up? What then?
      You can still use Twitter – just in different ways:
      View the public Twitter timeline – just see what’s being tweeted across the entire world
      http://twitter.com/public_timeline
    • What if I don’t want to sign up? What then?
      You can still use Twitter – just in different ways:
      View the public Twitter timeline
      Watch trending topics: you can see these on the Twitter homepage, under the search box
    • What if I don’t want to sign up? What then?
      You can still use Twitter – just in different ways:
      View the public Twitter timeline
      Watch trending topics
      Search Twitter for topics of interest – just go to the Twitter home page, enter a topic and see what people are tweeting about it.
    • Resources
      A list of links about Twitter:
      http://delicious.com/berry025/Twitter
      Social Media University – Global (SMUG):
      Useful guidelines and info for using social media
      From the Mayo Clinic
      http://social-media-university-global.org/
    • Have questions? Need help? Contact a librarian!