Twitter Technical Training - St. Edward's University Instructional Technology
Twitter 101How does it work? What’s New? Presented by: @Megan_Ura St. Edward’s University Instructional Technology Training
Post short updates using 140 characters or less. Give and receive information in real-time. Microblog = text messaging + blogging
Signing Up:1. Register for an account.2. Edit your Settings. Best Practices: • Pick a good username, keep it short • Fill out your bio • Provide a homepage URL and picture/photo.
“Tweeting”1. Click the “Compose a New Tweet” icon.2. Type your message in the field.3. Add a photo, or your location (optional).4. Click “Tweet”. Easy!
Following & Getting Followed 1. Click on the tab. 2. “Who to Follow” or type a topic in the Search box (ex: “St. Edward’s University”) 3. On their Profile page, click the button under their profile picture. 4. Their tweets will appear in order on your Home screen.
Interacting with Others1. @replies/mentions: public Tweets directed at you or that mention you – “@username”1. Direct Message: privately-sent “d username” • You must both be following in each other.
Favoritesa place to save tweets you’d like to keep – Quotable quotes – Valuable links – Positive things about you – Good for online rep management
Retweeting share interesting tweets from othersManual Retweet: If you’d like to comment1. Copy and paste the original tweet.2. To give credit to the original person, put “RT” plus the originator’s username at the beginning of the tweet.Auto Retweet: republish exactly as it appears.
Hashtags• Community-driven “Tagging” convention• Add additional context to your tweets.• Prefix a word with a hash symbol: #globsoc.
URL Shortening• URL shortening services share links while conserving character space.• Twitter.com and third-party apps all feature link shortening. • Twitter apps • Bit.ly • Goo.gl
Sharing and Viewing Photos• Attach photos to a tweet• Take a photo, or upload one from phone/computer• Popular third party services: TwitPic, Yfrog, InstagramView photos without leaving Twitter or yourTwitter phone app.
Twitter Lists the long awaited “groups” feature• organize people into themed groups – Even if you aren’t Following them – Follow other people’s lists• limited to 500 people, max of 20 lists• See who has added you to a list
Saving Searches• Max 25 saved searches per account.• View your saved searches by clicking in the search bar.
Why people wouldn’t Follow you:• No avatar, bio information.• Disproportionate followers/following/tweet stats.• Claiming to be someone you’re not.• Constant shameless self-promotion.• Fighting, drama, inappropriate language.• Never engaging with other users.
Best Practices• Be yourself.• Provide value (like a blogger). – interesting, surprising, funny, useful• Update Frequently.• Interaction. – balance tweets, responses, re-tweets.• Don’t Spam. – inane messaging, unrelated info• Integrate with other social/educational efforts.
Mobile Twitter Clients the best way to get the most out of TwitterSend and receive tweets on phone, browser or desktop.Official clients available at twitter.com/download
Where to go from here?• Start following people/orgs! – Follow other SEU accounts• Practice tweeting, replying, etc.• Study up, get questions answered: – support.twitter.com
Need Help? Megan UraIT Training Coordinatormegang@stedwards.edu 512-448-8554 @Megan_Ura