Twitter Backgroundshort-form communication - 140 chars or less*founded in 2006, big jump at SxSW in 2007Jack Dorsey, Ev Williams, Dick Costellorapid growth due to: multi-channel use (SMS, web, apps) easy API (simple to build apps on top of or around Twitter)
“cartoons on the back of business cards” http://gapingvoid.com
Early Pressit gained traction with “technorati” quickly
What are you doing? (now - What’s Happening?)
Uses?Status broadcastBreaking news e.g. Hudson River crash, earthquakes; citizen journalismLocation awarenessDiscussionFiltering interesting links (crowdsourced information)FeedsMarketingObjects online e.g. houses, traffic info, plants…
Twitter = Broadcast(regular tweets can be seen by “everyone”*)
Also for “private” discussions (Direct Messages)
Communities form around topics (hashtags, lists etc) http://ﬂickr.com/photos/shawdm/820926627/
Let’s Try It!
TerminologyUsername / Twitter handleProfileTweet / post / update (“...did you see my tweet?”)Follow/unfollow (followers/“tweeps”, following)@reply / mentionDirect Message / DMStream
TerminologyRetweet / RT (native, and quoted)FavouriteHashtag (topic or marker)ListTweetupFail Whale...
Useful Tools and AppsTwitter Apps - Twitter, TweetDeck, TweetBot, Plume - the listis nearly endless!TwitPic and photo sharingTwitterCounterBufferDeep iOS integration
Usage tipsNB There is NO “right way” to use Twitter! These are my own thoughts! Have a good profile - tell people why you are interesting Don’t try to read everything - dip in and out Don’t feel you have to respond to everything Vary usage - mix links, status updates, RT, @replies Follow and reply to interesting people Try responding to strangers who seem interesting Try to use just one tweet to get your point across