Nearly every topic is currently being discussed. As educators we often want to define and control that conversation, but we can often be more effective if we identify and join that conversation instead.
Finding OnlineConversations Bob Bertsch NDSU Agriculture Communication
ListenTime investment: 15 min./dayTools: Twitter, Google Alerts, SocialMention, FeedsObjective: To listen to and learn from the people we serve
Google AlertsGoogle Alerts are e-mail updates of the latest relevant Googleresults (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query ortopic.• monitoring a developing news story• keeping current on your topic area• looking for mentions of your organization or office
Google Alerts• go to www.google.com/alerts• enter a term• choose the type of results you want • news • blogs • realtime • videos • discussions• choose how often to receive alerts• choose selected results or all results• enter your e-mail address• create or login with Google account to manage your alerts
SocialmentionSocial media search and analysis• search all or selected social media• create e-mail alerts• tap into the conversation
Socialmention• Go to www.socialmention.com• enter a term• select all or some social media sources• click search• create an e-mail alert • search term • social media sources • language • frequency • e-mail address
Search for Conversations on Twitter• Go to twitter.com or search.twitter.com• Type a topic in the search bar• Use the “Tweets” tab for people who have tweeted the term
Search for Conversations on TwitterCheck for better search results by using ahashtag.• Hashtags are a community-driven convention for adding additional context to tweets.• You create a hashtag simply by prefixing a word with a hash symbol: #hashtag.• Hashtags were developed as a means to create "groupings" on Twitter, without having to change the basic service.
Search for Conversations on TwitterLook for existing real-time Twitterconversations• Twitter Chat Schedule - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0A hisaMy5TGiwcnVhejNHWnZlT3NvWFVPT3Q4NkIzQ VE&hl=en#gid=1