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  • Demonstrate a hashtag. Explain that #learning3 is a hashtag.
  • Simple guide to twitter Part 3 - tweeting

    1. 1. My simple guide to Twitter Using the new Twitter layout Autumn 2010 Part 3: Tweeting
    2. 2. Twitter tips and terminology <ul><li>RT </li></ul><ul><li>DM </li></ul><ul><li>@reply </li></ul><ul><li>And other gobbledegook </li></ul><ul><li>Before long, we’ll have you tweeting like a pro… </li></ul>
    3. 3. The timeline <ul><li>When you are logged in your ‘home’ will display your ‘timeline’ – here you will see all the recent tweets of the people you are following. </li></ul>
    4. 4. The ‘@’ reply or mentions <ul><li>To reply to what someone has said or asked, simply click on ‘reply’ under their tweet. </li></ul><ul><li>To see who’s replied to you, click on ‘@mentions’ </li></ul><ul><li>This is a public one to one conversation. </li></ul>
    5. 5. The ‘retweet’ <ul><li>A retweet is like forwarding an email – you basically repeat someone else’s tweet. </li></ul><ul><li>If you see something you want to retweet (forward) – click on ‘retweet’. This is the major way information is shared across twitter. </li></ul>
    6. 6. The direct message <ul><li>These are called DMs for short. </li></ul><ul><li>A DM is a private message to someone – only the recipient can view it. </li></ul><ul><li>The new Twitter now simply calls these ‘Messages’ and they are essentially like email but just 140 characters long. </li></ul>
    7. 7. What’s a hashtag? <ul><li>Hashtags are keywords and are a way of tracking topics on Twitter. By using hashtags, you can help people who are looking for more information on your subject find your Tweets. </li></ul><ul><li>You add hashtags to your tweets by using the hash symbol, #, and a word that defines the tweet's topic. For example, #election or #G20. You can include more than one hashtag in your tweet, if appropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can create a hashtag, there isn’t a central place that creates them, groups of people just start using them. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Hashtags continued <ul><li>Hashtags act as links, click on a hashtag to see all the tweets using that term. </li></ul><ul><li>You can also search for tweets with hashtags that interest you. </li></ul><ul><li>Many conferences use a hashtag to enable delegates to track comments about the conference online. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Hashtags <ul><li>So here, Graham has used the hashtag #innovate10 – which is a conference hashtag and #browne which refers to a Higher Education report. </li></ul><ul><li>Using hashtags is a way of filtering your twitter feed so that you only see tweets related to that topic. </li></ul><ul><li>So if I wanted to see just the tweets from #innovate10 I could click on that. </li></ul><ul><li>This would make ALL tweets using that hashtag appear, not just those of the people that you’re following. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Follow Friday <ul><li>On Fridays, people like to share the favourite people they’re following. This is called #followfriday or #ff (note that this is a hashtag). </li></ul><ul><li>This is a good way to find new people to follow on Twitter as these are recommendations from people you follow </li></ul><ul><li>If someone mentions you in a #ff tweet – make sure you thank them! </li></ul>
    11. 11. Etiquette tips <ul><li>If somebody ‘retweets’ (ie. repeats) what you’ve said, it’s good etiquette to reply to them and say thank you. </li></ul><ul><li>If you repeat or quote someone else’s tweet, make sure you say who it was from by adding either “RT @theirname” or “via @theirname” </li></ul>
    12. 12. Sharing links <ul><li>Link sharing is great on Twitter. If you want to share a link, copy the link from the search bar at the top of your browser and paste it into the tweet. It won’t work as a link unless it’s preceded by http:// </li></ul><ul><li>If the link is really long, put it into a url shortening site like: – this will give you more space for your accompanying comment. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Sharing links <ul><li>Lots of websites give you the opportunity to share an item on Twitter. </li></ul><ul><li>Look out for the ‘t’ icon on websites and simply click on it to share on Twitter: </li></ul>
    14. 14. Trending topics or ‘trends’ <ul><li>‘ Trending topics’ are topics lots of people are talking about - live. You can see these down the right hand side of your Twitter home page. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on a topic you’re interested in to see all Tweets relating to that topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Alternatively, search for a topic or keyword using the search bar on your Twitter home page. </li></ul><ul><li>You can set your trending topics to ‘worldwide’ or the country in which you are based. </li></ul><ul><li>Trends appear in the right hand column of your Twitter homepage. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Unfollowing & dealing with spam <ul><li>One of the best things about Twitter is that you control what you see </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t like what someone’s saying and don’t want to follow them any more click on the green ‘following’ button to ‘unfollow’ </li></ul><ul><li>You can also block or report people you suspect of spamming you with unwanted messages by using the ‘cog’ button </li></ul>
    16. 16. Just start using it! <ul><li>You might be a bit baffled by all this weird terminology </li></ul><ul><li>It took me about 3 months to get my head around twitter so don’t worry if you don’t quite ‘get’ it yet </li></ul><ul><li>The best thing to do is to start using it, try out retweeting, replying and messaging people </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll get the hang of it I promise! </li></ul>
    17. 17. End of part 3 (of 4) <ul><li>View the other parts in the series at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Part 1 – Why should I join Twitter? </li></ul><ul><li>Part 2 – Creating your profile </li></ul><ul><li>Part 3 – Tweeting </li></ul><ul><li>Part 4 – Managing the flow of information on Twitter </li></ul>