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!



 ...
1999: So I just have to tell someone
                           about this thing my cat did today...


     2004: Cat pict...
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 ...
Huh?
Twitter Cycle
                                                        “I can’t stop Twittering!”




                     ...
Twitter basics
• Twitter is a community
• The power is in your network
• Following = People you follow
• Followers = Peopl...
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, int...
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
                T...
Follow me!
  @bryanhughes
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Why Twitter?

  1. 1. Why Twitter? Understanding Micro-blogging
  2. 2. 1999: So I just have to tell someone about this thing my cat did today...
  3. 3. 1999: So I just have to tell someone about this thing my cat did today... 2004: Cat pictures!
  4. 4. 1999: So I just have to tell someone about this thing my cat did today... 2004: Cat pictures! 2005: Moving cat pictures!
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. http://wordle.net
  7. 7. Twitter is the conversation missing from social media
  8. 8. • Online messaging system • Social network • You choose the message, not the recipient • 140 character updates • Web page, client, or SMS • Open API
  9. 9. Huh?
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do7gsU6EKUU
  13. 13. • 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
  14. 14. Twitter: What is it good for? Track a conference
  15. 15. Twitter: What is it good for? Follow a famous person
  16. 16. Twitter: What is it good for? Follow a professional
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. Follow me! @bryanhughes

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