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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


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