Getting Started with Twitter

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A guide to some of the basics and terminology in Twitter.

A guide to some of the basics and terminology in Twitter.

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  • 1. Getting Started with(in slightly more than 140 characters) Andy Piper @andypiper
  • 2. Rule #1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rooreynolds/1555706680/
  • 3. 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)
  • 4. “cartoons on the back of business cards” http://gapingvoid.com
  • 5. Early Pressit gained traction with “technorati” quickly
  • 6. What are you doing? (now - What’s Happening?)
  • 7. 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…
  • 8. Twitter = Broadcast(regular tweets can be seen by “everyone”*)
  • 9. Also for “private” discussions (Direct Messages)
  • 10. Communities form around topics (hashtags, lists etc) http://flickr.com/photos/shawdm/820926627/
  • 11. Let’s Try It!
  • 12. TerminologyUsername / Twitter handleProfileTweet / post / update (“...did you see my tweet?”)Follow/unfollow (followers/“tweeps”, following)@reply / mentionDirect Message / DMStream
  • 13. TerminologyRetweet / RT (native, and quoted)FavouriteHashtag (topic or marker)ListTweetupFail Whale...
  • 14. Fail Whale!
  • 15. Useful Tools and AppsTwitter Apps - Twitter, TweetDeck, TweetBot, Plume - the listis nearly endless!TwitPic and photo sharingTwitterCounterBufferDeep iOS integration
  • 16. 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
  • 17. AdvancedSearch and saved searchesSpam and BlockingMedia sharingTrends / trending topics#FF / Follow FridayOAuth - third-party app authenticationSponsored Tweets / advertising
  • 18. Thanks! Andy Piper @andypiperhttp://andypiper.co.uk