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Why Twitter? Why Twitter? Presentation Transcript

  • Why Twitter? Understanding Micro-blogging
  • 1999: So I just have to tell someone about this thing my cat did today...
  • 1999: So I just have to tell someone about this thing my cat did today... 2004: Cat pictures!
  • 1999: So I just have to tell someone about this thing my cat did today... 2004: Cat pictures! 2005: Moving cat pictures!
  • 1999: So I just have to tell someone about this thing my cat did today... 2004: Cat pictures! 2005: Moving cat pictures! 2007: 1:00 p.m. - My cat just sneezed! 1:02 p.m. - Cat sneezed again! 1:05 p.m. - Cat hasn’t sneezed recently. Getting worried.
  • http://wordle.net
  • Twitter is the conversation missing from social media
  • • Online messaging system • Social network • You choose the message, not the recipient • 140 character updates • Web page, client, or SMS • Open API
  • Huh?
  • Twitter Cycle “I can’t stop Twittering!” “What a great link posted by Jane” “Who are all these people following me?” “Hmm, my friend Bob is using Twitter” “I still don’t get it” “I don’t get it” http://cogdoghouse.wikispaces.com/TwitterCycle
  • Twitter basics • Twitter is a community • The power is in your network • Following = People you follow • Followers = People following you • You only receive messages from those you follow • @ replies, # tags, direct messages
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do7gsU6EKUU
  • • Instead of “What are you doing?,” answer the question “What has my attention?” • Don’t just tweet about yourself, interact with other users using @ replies • Use direct messages for 1-1 conversations • Ask questions • Post links
  • Twitter: What is it good for? Track a conference
  • Twitter: What is it good for? Follow a famous person
  • Twitter: What is it good for? Follow a professional
  • Twitter: What is it good for? Build classroom/school community Take the pulse of the world Track a word Instant feedback Public notepad Writing assignments Aggregate opinion and critical responses Teach grammar
  • Follow me! @bryanhughes