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Twitter for archivists 2012


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The slides for my presentation at the ARA Scotland conference on 1st June 2012

The slides for my presentation at the ARA Scotland conference on 1st June 2012

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  • 1. For Archivists and Archives Kiara King | ARA Scotland – The Born (Digital) Identity | 1st June 2012
  • 2. What is twitter?• A form of microblogging – like texting with a max of 140 characters permessage or “tweet”• An online social networkingand microblogging service thatenables instant communication• 465 million user accountsglobally – 23.8 million in the UK• 175 million tweets sent perday
  • 3. What is it for? Twitter is “an efficient platform for conveying news and short pieces of information directly to interested people” ~ Kate Theimer, Archivist
  • 4. Why?For Archives:• Promote your archive and its collections to a wider audience• Link to your archives website or blog• Get feedback from others about your servicesFor Archivists:• Build and maintain a professional profile• Connect and learn from other information professionals• Keep up to date with news, articles, conferences
  • 5. How to get started• Think about it• Sign up and create an account• Search and follow people or organisations• Tweet!• Engage and build your profile byretweeting, replying and reacting
  • 6. Twitter lingo & conventions• Tweet = to send a message• @username = your username, e.g. @ballasttrust• Follow = to subscribe to a user’s tweets and receive updates from them• RT = retweet or repost a message from another user• DM = a direct (private) message• #hashtag = tags or keywords used to track events, people and activitiese.g. #archives• @mention = include someone’s username to mention them in a messageor reply to them
  • 7. Tips: Hashtags• Hashtags are keywords or tags preceded by a # symbol• It is an easy way to locate information on a particular topic, or get yourmessage out to a wider audience• People often use Twitters Search page to locate information• For example you can use #archives to share stories about archives,#DigitalPreservation, #askarchivists (on June 9th)• Hashtags are a great way to include your tweets in the conversation
  • 8. Tips: Retweets• You can use "RT" to repeat information sent out by one of yourfollowers, share: − Positive feedback about your searchroom services − Unusual finds by researchers − Media use of your collections• Or use Twitters "retweet" link to republish someones original tweet onyour own profile page• Retweeting gives tweets composed by others a second life, byrebroadcasting that information across to your own list of followers
  • 9. Tips: FollowingHow to find people and archives to follow?• Twitter ListsUse lists of archives and archivists that are available on Twitter:!/followanarchive/europe-archives!/archivesnext/archives-on-twitter/membersAlso see the archives 2.0 wiki by Kate Theimer:• Check out who other people are following for inspiration
  • 10. How to manage your twitter• Access it online• Or via a mobile device using twitter apps for your phone/tablet• Use 3rd party services to monitor and manage your mentions, RTsand followers e.g. hootsuite or tweetdeck (now part of twitter)
  • 11. Hootsuite
  • 12. How to share your twitter• Tell your researchers and public that you are tweeting – publish your@username• Get other twitter users to follow you and subscribe to your tweets• Anyone can view your feed online!/username• Display your twitter feed on your website or blog• Join some of the archive/archivists lists on Twitter• Stay active!
  • 13. PreservationHow to preserve your hard work?There are external services for this:• Twapperkeeper – now part of Hootsuite’s paid for services• The Archivist subscribe to your own twitter feed through a reader service (likegoogle readerBUT the library of congress is archiving all twitter tweets as well!
  • 14. Archives – what to tweet?
  • 15. E.g. News & Updates - @PKCArchive
  • 16. E.g. Livetweeting - @ukwarcabinet
  • 17. E.g. Diary extracts - @QueenVictoriaRI
  • 18. E.g. Projects - @eVII_PO
  • 19. Twitter for professionals• Follow professional bodies on twitterto keep up-to-date with what they aredoing easily• Find other archives or archivists thatinspire you and connect with them• Favourite certain tweets to bookmarkand read later when you have time!
  • 20. What next?• Have a look for yourself! • Investigate what other archives are doing • Check out @AskArchivists on 9th June• Think about whether its suitable for your organisation or would it beuseful for you professionally• Have a go