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Twitter Foundations

Twitter Foundations



The bread and butter (i.e., basics) of Twitter

The bread and butter (i.e., basics) of Twitter



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  • Define:microblogging http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microblogging
  • 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.
  • http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =ddO9idmax0o&p=15922C4FFC56F172&playnext=1&index=2
  • http:// twitter.com /BARACKOBAMA
  • http:// twitter.com /CNNBRK
  • http://witter.com/ahml
  • http:// twitter.com/Ladygaga
  • http:// twitter.com/starbucks
  • Status updates or “tweets” can contain 140 characters including links to other websites, audio files, video files, photographs, etc.
  • http:// en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hashtag
  • To “follow” means to subscribe to another’s “tweets” or updates.
  • http://support.twitter.com/groups/31-twitter-basics/topics/104-welcome-to-twitter-support/articles/166337-the-twitter-glossary

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