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  • Define:microblogging
  • “ . . . how you use Twitter is completely up to you. Follow hundreds of people. Follow a dozen. Post every hour. Post never. Search for your favorite topics and create lists. Or not. You are in control on Twitter. “
  • Status updates or “tweets” can contain 140 characters including links to other websites, audio files, video files, photographs, etc.
  • To “follow” means to subscribe to another’s “tweets” or updates.

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  • Introduction to Twitter Brian Smith McCallum eResources Librarian Arlington Heights Memorial Library 847.506.2658 Twitter: @briansmccallum
  • Twitter: Background• Internet / Web 2.0 company• Founded in 2006• Based in San Francisco, CA• “microblogging” service
  • Twitter: What Is It?“Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest information about what you find interesting.”
  • Twitter in Plain English
  • Question of the 21 Century st Who uses Twitter?
  • Presidents: Obama on Twitter
  • News Outlets: CNN on Twitter
  • Libraries: AHML on Twitter
  • Celebrities: Lady Gaga on Twitter
  • Corporations: Starbucks on Twitter
  • Sign Up! . . . You on Twitter
  • Twitter: Tweets• What are you doing?• Tweets = 140-character posts / updates• Tweets can include links to websites, pictures, videos, etc.
  • Twitter: #hashtags• A way to label and search for tweets• Examples: #obama, #iphone, #quote• See
  • Twitter: “Follow” Others• Follow other Twitter users - - e.g., CNN• Login to your account and search for individuals, organizations, companies, etc.• See WeFollow (
  • Twitter: @replies• Send public messages to other Twitter users• Type @username and your message Example: @ahml Do you have a copy of The Help by Kathryn Stockett?
  • Twitter: Retweet (RT)• A Retweet is when you qoute verbatim another tweet or pass it along to your followers Example: RT @ahml Register to vote at the Librarys Reception desk by October 5 . . .
  • Twitter: Direct Message (DM)Private communication between Twitterusers who are respectively “following” oneanother.
  • Twitter: Search Engine
  • Twitter Search in Plain English
  • Twitter: Next Steps• Sign up for Twitter and tweet!• Find and “follow” others• “Follow” AHML:• Tweet us . . . @ahml
  • Twitter: Resources• Presentation• Presentation• Twitter Help Center