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Twitter workshop offered to library faculty and staff at Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte

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  • Basics of TwitterPresented by Professional Activities Committee
  • Why use twitter? Networking Promotion of the library and your work Follow news Raise issues Communicate with vendors Keep up with the university and your peers
  • Private vs. PublicPrivate If you want to use it like Facebook, go private You approve of those that want to follow you Great for connecting with a group of people youalready know and trustPublic Capability for building a larger network Tweets are public – so watch what you say
  • DM (direct message) DM allows you to hold a private conversationwith another Twitter user, but you can only DMpeople who are already following you It is the closest thing to e-mail in Twitter Check yours by clicking on the envelope icon
  • @ (reply or chat)Use to reply to or simply chat with another user@donnalanclos thanks!@donnalanclos found this article and thought ofyou http://www.anthrolib.com
  • Composing tweets No more than 140 characters The shorter the better Best to use 120 characters for re-tweeting Shorten links with URL shorteners bi.tly (https://bitly.com/) ow.ly (http://ow.ly/url/shorten-url) goo.gl (http://goo.gl/)
  • RT (re-tweet)Re-tweet to say…“I like or am interested in what you’re tweeting – Iwant to promote it or share it with others”
  • RT examples Original tweet: Maureen Sullivan: President Obama’s budget gives libraries funding boosthttp://dlvr.it/3CfTLx Modifications: RT @amlibraries: Maureen Sullivan: President Obama’s budget gives librariesfunding boost http://dlvr.it/3CfTLx MT @amlibraries: President Obama’s budget gives libraries funding boosthttp://dlvr.it/3CfTLx President Obama’s budget gives libraries funding boost dlvr.it/3CfTLx via@amlibraries Must read RT @amlibraries: Maureen Sullivan: President Obama’s budget giveslibraries funding boost http://dlvr.it/3CfTLx
  • Best Practices Follow people that interest you Be prepared for people to respond to your tweets –decide how you want to deal with it Promote your work and the work of your colleaguesand friends Congratulate people on their accomplishments Twitter persona: How personal do you want to get?
  • Following These are people/institutions you follow It is not creepy to follow people that you do notpersonally know – that is part of the networkingopportunity that is unique to Twitter Start with some of your colleagues or otherpeople/institutions that interest you. Who do theyfollow? Follow people that you meet If you try to follow people that have private accounts,you will need to wait for their approval (like FB)
  • Followers These are people who follow you! After you follow some people, they mayautomatically follow you You do not need to follow your followers Build your following with peers and hash tags
  • # (hash-tag) Use in tweets to connect people to your thoughtsor findings on an idea/subject/trend Broadens your reach beyond your followers Search hash tags to follow certaintrends/ideas/conferences#highered#ebooks#libraries#edtech#infolit#DH#UNCC#ClubAtkins#UNCCproblems#ala13
  • Favorites & Lists Favorites serve as bookmarks Create lists or subscribe to lists to follow certain groups orinstitutions Lists can be private or public People may add you to lists Subscribing to lists can be used as a substitute forfollowing people/institutions
  • Campus/Library Tweeters Find your faculty or other units to follow:http://mediamine.uncc.edu/twitter Jim Hathaway also started a list of UNCC facultyand staff: https://twitter.com/jbhathaw/unccthat you can subscribe to or ask to be added to Library Staff on Twitter: Heather McCullough,Stanley Wilder, Lareese Hall, Donna LanclosSee http://atkinslibraryprodev.wordpress.com
  • Try it out!Activities:o Search for and “follow” the other Twitter teamo RT somethingo DM the other Twitter teamo Respond to the other team’s DMo Reply to (@) a tweet from the other teamo Compose tweet using hash tag #atkinstest
  • Next week… Twitter communities – chat via Twitter Tweet-ups Using #hashtags at conferences Following conferences via #hashtags Advanced Twitter management tools Drafting and scheduling tweets
  • Questions?Amanda Binder@ahbinderAtkins LibraryUNC Charlotte