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  • 1. INTRODUCTION TO TWITTER
  • 2. TWITTER? • Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers. • Twitter is just communication in a new shape, but it’s also a platform for listening to the communication of others in new ways. • Though users can answer the prompt, “What are you doing?”, tweets have evolved to more than everyday experiences, and take the shape of shared links to interesting content on the web, conversations around hot topics (using hashtags), photos, videos, music, and, most importantly, real-time accounts from people who are in the midst of a newsworthy event, crisis, or natural disaster. • The Twitter site's fundamental question is “what are you doing?” This can be, in its most simplistic form, a one or two word answer, but when developed this is a tool that lends itself to developing understanding and potentially starting collaboration.
  • 3. TWITTERSPEAK: NEED TO KNOW TERMS • @ or Reply: a comment aimed at someone, or at least allows the user to take notice to the tweet you mentioned them in. This is also made public. • Retweeting is how Twitter users share interesting tweets from other people they may, or may not be following. Copy and paste the original tweet and send it out. To give credit to the original person, users usually put “RT” or “Via” plus the originator’s username at the beginning of the tweet. • There is also a RT function that quickly Retweet’s a post from a user, but does not allow for commentary or added remarks to your post. A more in depth look at how to use the new Retweet function - http://mashable.com/2009/11/21/retweets-how-to/ • Direct Messages/ or DM’s - A short private message sent between you and another twitter user. Still 140 characters. Difference is it’s not seen in public. • tweetup: when twitterers meet in person – a Twitter meet up. • Trending Topics (TTs) - Trending Topics are a range of subjects which many users across Twitter are talking about simultaneously. • Promoted Tweets - A single trending topic which a company or organization can pay to 'trend', as to gain attention and traffic from Twitter users worldwide.
  • 4. SEARCHING ... • When searching for people/businesses you use their name not their user name. (e.g., Type in Makenzie; not KenzDawn to find me). • Take a look at friends’ friends to find interested users to connect with. • Find existing users from inputing your email address book. • Searching for a topic: One way is to put in a keyword and every tweet being posted containing that word will come up. Another way is to search for conversations or specific topics using a #hashtag (e.g., #jourchat). Save favorite tweets, or searches to easily come back to them. • Lists are a way to organize twitter users into categories. When you add someone to a list you can return to that list and it will show a news feed for everyone you’ve added.
  • 5. Profile Interface Bio and info about who the user is. Shows how many tweets you’ve made, who you are following, who is following you, and the lists you are listed under. Your activity stream. Every tweet you’ve made. This is very similar to what others see when they look at your profile.
  • 6. Home Interface Enter your 140 character The last update you sent. update here. This interactive row shows tweets mentioning you, people you’ve Retweeted and your tweets that have been Retweeted, plus latest searches, and your twitter lists. Suggestions of people to follow. Twitter news feed that produces all Trends on Twitter. the posts from the people you follow.
  • 7. Example Tweet Example of a tweet being sent out with a link and acknowledgement of the source, who is RWW (Read Write Web). Number shows how many characters you have left out of your 140.
  • 8. Example of a conversation using twitter: Original tweet sent by me. Alexandra saw the message and sent me a reply thus starting the conversation. These are the users mentioned in the tweet above. This also means they will be updated that this tweet went out.
  • 9. Example of a chat using a #hashtag A continuation of dialogue with other users using the hashtag #wjchat in their tweets.
  • 10. RESOURCES • Mashable’s Twitter Guidebook - http://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/ • Mashable: Twitter related news - http://mashable.com/social-media/twitter/ • How to gain twitter influence - http://mashable.com/2010/11/02/how-to-gain-twitter-influence/ • How to use twitter hashtags for business - http://mashable.com/2009/09/04/twitter-hashtags-business/ • Twitter on Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter • Video: How to use twitter - http://www.howcast.com/videos/149055-How-To-Use-Twitter