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My presentation for ONLINE 2009. This is the first half of a joint presentation with Karen Blakeman, hence the slightly abrupt ending.

My presentation for ONLINE 2009. This is the first half of a joint presentation with Karen Blakeman, hence the slightly abrupt ending.

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  • Twitter 101:ONLINE 2009
    Phil Bradley
    http://www.twitter.com/Philbradley
    @Philbradley
  • What is Twitter?
  • What does it look like?
  • Page Elements:
  • Background
  • ‘Dashboard’
  • Search, lists, trends
  • How can librarians use Twitter?
    Allows you to keep in contact with colleagues, to see what they're doing, what their interests are, read their opinions/thoughts/ideas
  • Keep informed about developments from publishers; both in terms of what they're publishing, but also events they're running
  • You can promote what your library service is doing. Attract new users, offer gifts or incentives, increase awareness and have fun!
  • Provide instant answers and point people in the right direction
  • Follow links to events, keep briefed on current affairs
  • Use Twitter as an RSS reader to keep up to date with blog entries
  • Share photographs quickly and easily, especially if using a smartphone
  • Ask questions using polls, Re-Tweet for maximum results
  • Keep involved with conferences even if you can’t attend them with 3rd party sites
  • Add short (3 minute) audio posts using Audioboo and add in a photograph as well!
  • Broaden your knowledge of a subject by following the right people/organizations
  • Ask questions! Answer questions!
  • Find new people to follow using Twitter search or 3rd party sites like WeFollow
  • Communicate more effectively
    Discuss events as they happen
    Send people Direct Messages
  • Follow authors
  • Follow dead people
  • And more...
    Networking, both professional, friend to friend
    News: new books, closing early, new staff
    Marketing tool
    Broadcasting content
    Updating a website via Twitter
  • Advantages
    Free
    Fast
    Simple
    Effective
    Brevity
    ‘Always on’
    Instant information
  • Disadvantages
    Media hype
    ‘Fail Whale’
    Brevity (what can you say in 140 characters?)
    Small number of users
    Spam
    3rd party applications
    Viruses
  • Good practices: profile
  • Name and avatar
  • Location, Address, Biography
  • Tweets
  • Other (better?) interfaces
  • TweetDeck
  • What Twitter is NOT:
    A time sink (unless you have time to spare)
    Mr S Fry’s private playground
    About breakfast/lunch/dinner
    Ego boosting twaddle
  • Twitter Search
  • Twitter Search
  • Twitter Search
  • But wait!
    There’s more...