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  • A social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets (Wikipedia) One-to-many instant messaging A real-time, short messaging service 140-character messages or less (i.e., a tweet)
  • Status box Home Profile Find People Settings Help Following Followers Tweets @mentions DMs Favorites Trending Topics Saved Searches
  • Tweet: A post with 140 characters max Follower: Someone who subscribes to a Twitter feed @: used to designate a reply to a specific person’s tweet [@username + message]; also used to “mention” or refer to another Twitter user in a tweet [@username] DM: Direct Message. A private message to the user whose name follows the letter “D” [D Username] RT: Re-posting someone else’s Tweet (i.e., retweet) Hashtag: A label using the “#” symbol following a Tweet to categorize what is contained in the post (e.g., #hvchs) Trending Topics: The most mentioned terms on Twitter Tweetup: A face-to-face gathering organized via Twitter Favorite: A post that the user finds to be noteworthy, marked by a golden star and visible to those who click on your favorites
  • Enter full name – easier for people to find you Enter descriptive username Enter STRONG passwoord Enter email addy Answer the CAPTCHA, click on “Create my account”
  • Recommend skipping this step for the time being….
  • Anyone look interesting ??? Start clicking on peeps you want to start following….
  • Account Password Devices Notices Picture Design
  • Find on Twitter: If you know the username, follow directly from his/her profile site Find on Other Networks: Use your email’s existing address book/contacts use keywords to search Twitter bios Directory of Twitter users orgranized by interests
  • Dos Engage in conversation Post often Ask questions Actually read articles people share Frequently check your @replies Engage in conversation (i.e., not just status updates) Share links to interesting articles Be authentic DON’Ts Set up an auto DM Follow everyone who follows you Tweet about sensitive information or inappropriate content Simply post about the mundane happenings in your life Be afraid to reach out to someone
  • It is perfectly acceptable to unfollow if you get tired of someone; to block people you don’t want to follow you (Note: Notifications are NOT sent when you block or unfollow someone) Look for the “verified account” on celebrities’ profiles Be wary of: Internet marketers FOLLOW ME addicts Profiles with no external links, few followers, little to no tweets and no picture Check to see login URL is valid Don’t give password information to unverified third-party applications Stick with third-parties using OAUTH, which is a safe way to use a third-party site w/out giving away your username and password.
  • Tweet Deck Downloaded from Organize multiple accounts Customize columns to see home feed, mentions, DMs, as well as create groups Web-based tool at Great for keeping posts short Easily shortens longs links TwitPic Web-based tool at Easy way to share images on Twitter
  • Twitter Basics

    1. 1. Twitter Basics Anna M. Van Scoyoc Reference Librarian, Part-Time Hopewell Branch Library, MCLS [email_address]
    2. 2. Tonight’s Outline <ul><li>What is Twitter? </li></ul><ul><li>Anatomy of a Profile </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter Talk: An Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Create Account </li></ul><ul><li>Find People to Follow </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter Etiquette & Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter Tools </li></ul>
    3. 3. Twitter is . . .
    4. 4. Twitter in Plain English Twitter in Plain English by CommonCraft via
    5. 5. Anatomy of a Profile Page avatar/username # of people you are following # of people following you “ mentions” feed username & avatar; click on either to go to person’s profile how long ago something was tweeted from where the tweet came hot topics on Twitter
    6. 6. Twitter Speak
    7. 7. Create a Twitter Account
    8. 8. Create a Twitter Account
    9. 9. Create a Twitter Account
    10. 10. Twitter Account Settings
    11. 11. Finding People to Follow
    12. 12. Twitter Etiquette
    13. 13. Twitter Safety
    14. 14. Twitter Tools
    15. 15. Credits <ul><li>Image: ‘Twitter bird logo icon illustration’ http://www. flickr .com/photos/matthamm/3383916444 </li></ul><ul><li>Image:’Twitter Pack’ http://www. flickr .com/photos/15443073@N07/2511539541 </li></ul><ul><li>Image: ‘Jump on the social media bandwagon ‘ www. flickr .com/photos/73532212@N00/2945559128 </li></ul><ul><li>Image: ‘Speak’ http://www. flickr .com/photos/98624608@N00/75288771 </li></ul><ul><li>Image: ‘Tweet’ http://www. flickr .com/photos/59308757@N00/2982392943 </li></ul><ul><li>Image: '10/365 - Oh Duckies, follow the momma!' www. flickr .com/photos/62193777@N00/651370154 </li></ul><ul><li>Image: 'Mind Your Manners by Claire Wallace (1953)' www. flickr .com/photos/49531720@N00/1528290674 </li></ul><ul><li>Image: 'Twitter_OAuth' www. flickr .com/photos/91573136@N00/3379821256 </li></ul><ul><li>Image: 'Caution' www. flickr .com/photos/68484106@N00/22748510 </li></ul><ul><li>Image: 'My Swiss Army Knife' www. flickr .com/photos/80516279@N00/2274372747 </li></ul><ul><li>Video: ‘ Twitter in Plain English’ by CommonCraft www. youtube .com/watch? v=ddO9idmax0o </li></ul>