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Introduction to Twitter

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    • Getting Started With Twitter
    • What is Twitter?
      • Combination of various forms of communication like e-mail, instant messenger, blogs, and RSS feeds. Difference is that posts, or tweets, are restricted to 140 characters or less.
    • What Is Twitter?
      • Evolved from simply answering the question, “What are you doing?” into
        • Shared links to interesting content on the web
        • Conversations around hot topics
        • Shared photos, videos, music
        • Most importantly real time accounts from people who are in midst of a newsworthy event (like a convention or conference), crisis or natural disaster (such as back in June during the elections in Tehran)
    • Twitter Statistics
      • Twitter has 1.5 million active users with a median age of 31.
      • In October 2009, users sent 26 million tweets per day, up from 2.4 million tweets in January 2009.
      • Tuesday is the most active day for tweeting, followed by Wednesday and then Friday
    • Getting Started
      • Claim your Twitter handle (i.e. twitter.com/aflcio)
      • Completely fill out your user profile
      • Create your customized background
        • Twitter has a few templates you can choose from
        • Several applications you can use to create your background: http://mashable.com/2009/05/23/twitter-backgrounds/
        • Know some HTML? Design your own.
      • Promote your new social media presence (e-mail signature, website, blog entries, cross promotion)
    • Start tweeting!
      • Jump in and get started to give your account some authenticity
      • Remember that you only have 140 characters so make them count!
      • To share blog entries
        • Twitterfeed (www.twitterfeed.com)
      • To share links
        • Set up an account with Bitly ( www.bitly.com ) which allows you to shorten your URLs and track how many clicks your link received
    • Retweeting or “RT”
      • Twitter users share the best links, tweets, and gems they find from others they are following
      • Important to do in order to build community and not just appear to be putting out your own content,
      • Connect with people and let them know you’re there (gain followers!)
    • How do I build community?
      • Start by following everyone in this group and look at who they are following and retweeting
      • Twitter lists
      • Directory of progressives
        • Tweet Progress ( www.tweetprogress.org ) Can also sign up for a Twitter mentor here
        • Union Twibe ( www.twibes.com/group/union )
        • People who use #p2 or #topprog hashtags in their tweets
    • What is a hashtag?
      • A community driven naming convention on Twitter to help spread information while also helping to organize it.
      • Favorite tool of conferences and event organizers
      • If everyone agrees to add a certain hashtag after their tweet, it becomes easier to find that topic in search (search.twitter.com)
        • #hcr – health care
        • #p2 and #topprog (progressives)
        • #aflcio09 (convention)
        • #aflciojobs (jobs initiative)
      • If you do nothing else after this meeting:
      • Please claim your Twitter ID!