Introduction to Twitter            Brian Smith McCallum            eResources Librarian     Arlington Heights Memorial Lib...
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...
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,  pictu...
Twitter: #hashtags• A way to label and search for tweets• Examples: #obama, #iphone, #quote• See www.hashtags.org
Twitter: “Follow” Others• Follow other Twitter users - - e.g., CNN• Login to your account and search for  individuals, org...
Twitter: @replies• Send public messages to other Twitter users• Type @username and your message  Example:  @ahml Do you ha...
Twitter: Retweet (RT)• A Retweet is when you qoute verbatim  another tweet or pass it along to your  followers Example: RT...
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: http://twitter.com/ahml• Twe...
Twitter: Resources• Presentation Linkswww.delicious.com/briansmccallum/twitterclass• Presentation Slideswww.slideshare.net...
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  • Define:microblogging http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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. “
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddO9idmax0o&p=15922C4FFC56F172&playnext=1&index=2
  • http://twitter.com/BARACKOBAMA
  • http://twitter.com/CNNBRK
  • http://witter.com/ahml
  • http://twitter.com/Ladygaga
  • http://twitter.com/starbucks
  • Status updates or “tweets” can contain 140 characters including links to other websites, audio files, video files, photographs, etc.
  • http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hashtag
  • To “follow” means to subscribe to another’s “tweets” or updates.
  • http://support.twitter.com/groups/31-twitter-basics/topics/104-welcome-to-twitter-support/articles/166337-the-twitter-glossary
  • Twitter Class

    1. 1. Introduction to Twitter Brian Smith McCallum eResources Librarian Arlington Heights Memorial Library 847.506.2658 bmccallum@ahml.info Twitter: @briansmccallum
    2. 2. Twitter: Background• Internet / Web 2.0 company• Founded in 2006• Based in San Francisco, CA• “microblogging” service
    3. 3. Twitter: What Is It?“Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest information about what you find interesting.”
    4. 4. Twitter in Plain English
    5. 5. Question of the 21 Century st Who uses Twitter?
    6. 6. Presidents: Obama on Twitter
    7. 7. News Outlets: CNN on Twitter
    8. 8. Libraries: AHML on Twitter
    9. 9. Celebrities: Lady Gaga on Twitter
    10. 10. Corporations: Starbucks on Twitter
    11. 11. Sign Up! . . . You on Twitter
    12. 12. Twitter: Tweets• What are you doing?• Tweets = 140-character posts / updates• Tweets can include links to websites, pictures, videos, etc.
    13. 13. Twitter: #hashtags• A way to label and search for tweets• Examples: #obama, #iphone, #quote• See www.hashtags.org
    14. 14. Twitter: “Follow” Others• Follow other Twitter users - - e.g., CNN• Login to your account and search for individuals, organizations, companies, etc.• See WeFollow (http://wefollow.com)
    15. 15. 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?
    16. 16. 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 . . .
    17. 17. Twitter: Direct Message (DM)Private communication between Twitterusers who are respectively “following” oneanother.
    18. 18. Twitter: Search Engine
    19. 19. Twitter Search in Plain English
    20. 20. Twitter: Next Steps• Sign up for Twitter and tweet!• Find and “follow” others• “Follow” AHML: http://twitter.com/ahml• Tweet us . . . @ahml
    21. 21. Twitter: Resources• Presentation Linkswww.delicious.com/briansmccallum/twitterclass• Presentation Slideswww.slideshare.net/briansmithmccallum• Twitter Help Centerhttp://support.twitter.com
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