TWITTER:
To Tweet or Not
to Tweet…
By Catherine L. Dumas
IST 561 SUNY Albany 11/10/2010
WHAT IS TWITTER?
 Social networking and micro-blogging service
 Founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone & Evan
Williams in Mar...
TERMINOLOGY
 Following: you follow people you are
interested in
 Tweet: an individual message
 @username: start a messa...
 Hashtag (#): fields created by users to
categorize messages (eg #ASIST2010) –
ALA -hashtags
 Tweetup: in-person gatheri...
o Twitter in Plain English
@Cathy2cool
Tweetdeck
CATHY2COOL’S “TWEETDECK”
WHAT DO PEOPLE TWEET?
Content of Tweets according to
Pear Analytics
■ News
■ Spam
■ Self-promotion
■ Pointless babble
■ Co...
Dr. MAX WILSON, Prof, Swansea Univ. UK
TWITTER IN ACADEMIA
o Why Max Tweets
o “To engage with my international research co...
THE INNOVATIVE LIBRARIAN I MET
AT ALA THIS SUMMER, WHO GOT ME
INTERESTED IN TWITTER
Joe Murphy, Science Librarian
So, to Tweet or Not to
Tweet?
Are there any other questions?
The End
REFERENCES
 http://commoncraft.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddO9idmax0o
 http://business.twitter.com/twitter101/l...
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This is a short presentation I did for my class IST 561 Internet and Information Access @SUNY Albany. I was talking to a room of graduate students (Information Science). Not one of which uses Twitter. My goal was to introduce the utility of Twitter in Academia and Librarianship. Thanks to Max Wilson and Joe Murphy for being my exemplar examples.

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  1. 1. TWITTER: To Tweet or Not to Tweet… By Catherine L. Dumas IST 561 SUNY Albany 11/10/2010
  2. 2. WHAT IS TWITTER?  Social networking and micro-blogging service  Founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone & Evan Williams in March 2006 (launched publicly in July 2006) o Allows users to post their latest updates - limited by 140 characters  Updates are posted through web form, text message, or instant message.  Over 190 billion visitors monthly - FB 500 million active users   Twitter: "a short burst of inconsequential information," & "chirps from birds." Jack Dorsey
  3. 3. TERMINOLOGY  Following: you follow people you are interested in  Tweet: an individual message  @username: start a message with this - link to the person you want to tweet to  DM, or direct message: Private tweets no one else can read but you  RT, or retweet: share cool ideas, shout-out to people you respect  Trending Topics: Most mentioned terms on Twitter at that moment – break news ahead of mainstream media
  4. 4.  Hashtag (#): fields created by users to categorize messages (eg #ASIST2010) – ALA -hashtags  Tweetup: in-person gathering organized via Twitter – spontaneous  Shortened URLs: Twitter automatically shortens long URL’s - so they fit  Yeah, so how does Twitter work?
  5. 5. o Twitter in Plain English @Cathy2cool Tweetdeck
  6. 6. CATHY2COOL’S “TWEETDECK”
  7. 7. WHAT DO PEOPLE TWEET? Content of Tweets according to Pear Analytics ■ News ■ Spam ■ Self-promotion ■ Pointless babble ■ Conversational ■ Pass-along value
  8. 8. Dr. MAX WILSON, Prof, Swansea Univ. UK TWITTER IN ACADEMIA o Why Max Tweets o “To engage with my international research community”  “To bounce ideas, or things that are too small to blog about yet”  “To share new publications of mine, as they get accepted”  “To keep up with buzzes in my research areas Max’s Advice for New Tweeter’s  Start seeing who the major peeps in your research area are tweeting, see what they are tweeting about  Start responding to them with intelligent comments/questions  Start tweeting intelligent, research oriented things yourself and hopefully have them comment on you.
  9. 9. THE INNOVATIVE LIBRARIAN I MET AT ALA THIS SUMMER, WHO GOT ME INTERESTED IN TWITTER Joe Murphy, Science Librarian
  10. 10. So, to Tweet or Not to Tweet? Are there any other questions? The End
  11. 11. REFERENCES  http://commoncraft.com/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddO9idmax0o  http://business.twitter.com/twitter101/learning  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Content_of_Tweets.svg  http://twitter.com/gingdottwit  http://twitter.com/@cathy2cool  http://joemurphylibraryfuture.com/326/

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