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Introduction to Twitter

Introduction to Twitter



Presentation given at the CLIC (Cardiff Libraries in Co-operation) event, Social Media for Beginners, 24th May 2013

Presentation given at the CLIC (Cardiff Libraries in Co-operation) event, Social Media for Beginners, 24th May 2013



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    Introduction to Twitter Introduction to Twitter Presentation Transcript

    • A free microblogging service founded in 2006. At itsheart are 140-character bursts of information calledtweets.It has grown rapidly, and popularity on the service isoften used as a benchmark of influence.
    • Twitter by numbersTotalActive Users: 200 million AverageTweets Per Day: 400 millionhttp://blog.twitter.com/2013/celebrating-twitter7 (March 2013)
    • Why institutions can’t ignore itanymoreIncreasingly common way to connect with usersConversations about your organisation may already behappening onTwitterOften preferred over other social media optionsInstantaneous – which is what users are increasinglyexpecting
    • It’s just people tweetingabout what they’vehad for lunch/pictures oftheir cats!Not true, well most of thetime!UltimatelyTwitter is whatyou choose to make of itwww.highpaw.com
    • I wouldnt know what to say!Twitter is a conversationIt may seem daunting at first,but you soon get into theswing of things and findplenty to share
    • It’s time consuming andoverwhelmingIt doesn’t have to be, thereare plenty of tools to helpyou manage yourTwitteractivityAnd, it can be less timeconsuming than someother social media options
    • Twitter is a giantconversation, whodoesn’t want tochat withcolleagues now andthen?
    • WhatTwitter can do for youAssist in your professional development - job adverts,training opportunities, etc.Help you find communities and support globally- there is amassive library community onTwitterKeep you up-to-date with new trends & technologies inyour industryDirect traffic on the internet to a main website/blogConnect you to an established user group
    • eek!!
    • Enter your nameAn email addressSet a passwordChoose a usernameClick ‘Create myaccount’
    • Choosing a name15 character limit - short is best, easy to rememberand takes up less spaceTwitter will tell you if the one you want is availableand make suggestions for alternativesConsider otherTwitter accounts at your institution
    • Accounts atAmgueddfaCymru
    • @walkyouhomeMatch it to yourblog title
    • Fill in yourprofile details
    • Add a profile photoEgg symbol oftenindicates spammersPhoto of you?Related image?Institutional logo? Upload a photo thatis under 2MB in size
    • Make sure you are aware of your institution’s socialmedia policy- if unsure of anything double checkThere have been cases of people falling foul ofemployers due to activity onTwitterTwitter is a public conversation, unless youhave privacy settings its not just yourfollowers who can see your tweets, they areavailable to everyone!
    • Start by following people - they will hopefully wantto follow you backDont be dismayed if some people dontfollow you back immediately – theymight be waiting until they see you aresaying something
    • YouFunProfessionalPersonalInformation
    • www.aha-soft.com/
    • Polite to alwaysreference whereit came from RT@...or MT @... if youhave modified orchanged any partof the tweet
    • 140 character limit so youcan see how much spaceyou have left
    • Share informationAsk questionsLink to blog posts when you publish them
    • .@... meanseveryone can see it -otherwise itsfollowers of bothaccounts only
    • Have to both be following each otherIt is private
    • Include a hashtag in your tweet to group itwith others of the same subjectThey are also searchable
    • Tweeting links to websites - use a service like ‘bitly’ toshorten the URL so it doesn’t take up too much of yourcharacter allowance
    • http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/march-2013-by-the-numbers-a-few-amazing-twitter-stats/
    • How to find the time to do it!!
    • Emailnotifications
    • Not just as means ofsaying you like a tweetAllows you to save atweet you like and comeback to itGood for tweetscontaining links to muchlonger articles, blog postsetc.
    • brainzooming.com
    • Schedule yourtweets
    • Gomobile!
    • http://thewikiman.org/blog/?p=979 http://thewikiman.org/blog/?p=1658http://paulbromford.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/20-things-they-never-told-us-about-going-social/http://www.joeyanne.co.uk/2011/09/16/6-twitter-tips-for-organisations/http://www.slideshare.net/Philbradley/twitter101-for-librarianshttp://www.slideshare.net/elloyd74/follow-your-patronshttp://musingsaboutlibrarianship.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/most-influential-libraries-on-twitter.htmlhttp://www.mattanderson.org/blog/2013/01/11/100-libraries-to-follow-on-twitter/http://www.mattanderson.org/blog/2013/01/22/125-librarians-to-follow-on-twitter/
    • http://arrioch.deviantart.com