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  • Define:microblogging http://
  • Just remember, how you use Twitter is completely up to you. Follow hundreds of people. Follow a dozen. Post every hour. Post never. Search for your favorite topics and create lists. Or not. You are in control on Twitter.
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  • http:// /BARACKOBAMA
  • http:// /CNNBRK
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  • Status updates or “tweets” can contain 140 characters including links to other websites, audio files, video files, photographs, etc.
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  • To “follow” means to subscribe to another’s “tweets” or updates.
  • Twitter Foundations

    1. 1. Twitter Foundations Brian Smith McCallum eResources Librarian Arlington Heights Memorial Library 847.506.2658 [email_address] Twitter: @briansmccallum
    2. 2. Twitter: Background <ul><li>Internet company </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Based in San Francisco, CA </li></ul><ul><li>“ microblogging ” service </li></ul>
    3. 3. Twitter: What Is It? <ul><li>“ Twitter is a real-time information network powered by people all around the world that lets you share and discover what’s happening now.” </li></ul>
    4. 4. Twitter In Plain English
    5. 5. Question of the 21 st Century <ul><li> Who uses Twitter? </li></ul>
    6. 6. Presidents: Obama on Twitter
    7. 7. News Outlets: CNN on Twitter
    8. 8. Libraries: AHML on Twitter
    9. 9. Celebrities: Lady Gaga on Twitter
    10. 10. Corporations: Starbucks on Twitter
    11. 11. Sign Up! . . . You on Twitter
    12. 12. Twitter: Tweets <ul><li>What are you doing? </li></ul><ul><li>Tweets = 140-character posts / updates </li></ul><ul><li>Tweets can include links to websites, pictures, videos, etc. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Twitter: # hashtags <ul><li>A way to label and search for tweets </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: #obama, #iphone, #quote </li></ul><ul><li>See </li></ul>
    14. 14. Twitter: “Follow” Others <ul><li>Follow other Twitter users - - e.g., CNN </li></ul><ul><li>Login to your account and search for individuals, organizations, companies, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>See WeFollow ( ) </li></ul>
    15. 15. Twitter: @replies <ul><li>Send public messages to other Twitter users </li></ul><ul><li>Type @username and your message </li></ul><ul><li>Example : </li></ul><ul><li>@ahml Do you have a copy of The Help by Kathryn Stockett? </li></ul>
    16. 16. Twitter: Retweet (RT) <ul><li>A Retweet is when you qoute verbatim another tweet or pass it along to your followers </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>RT @ahml Register to vote at the Library's Reception desk by October 5 . . . </li></ul>
    17. 17. Twitter: Direct Message (DM) <ul><li>Private communication between Twitter users who are respectively “following” one another. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Twitter: Search Engine
    19. 19. Twitter Search in Plain English
    20. 20. Twitter: Next Steps <ul><li>Sign up for Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet! </li></ul><ul><li>Search for and “follow” others </li></ul><ul><li>“ Follow” AHML: </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet us . . . @ahml </li></ul>
    21. 21. Twitter: Resources <ul><li>Presentation Links </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation Slides </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter Help Center </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
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