Tweeting and Texting


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Presented via live webcast July 23, 2009 for the College Center for Library Automation's Talking Tech Series: "Tweeting and Texting".

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Tweeting and Texting

  1. 1. CCLA’s Talking Tech Series: "Tweeting and Texting" Presented by: Chad Mairn July 23, 2009 Attribution: dbarefoot
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>What is Twitter and why should I care? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you use Twitter? </li></ul><ul><li>What is texting and why should I care? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you use texting? </li></ul><ul><li>Trendspotting! </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Twitter and why should I care?
  4. 4. Some Terminology <ul><li>Twitter - a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables users to send and read messages known as tweets. </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet - text-based post of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's followers. </li></ul><ul><li>Tweeple – Twitter people, Twitter members, Twitter users. </li></ul><ul><li>Tweetup - Twitter meetups. </li></ul><ul><li>RT / Retweet – when you repeat a tweet from someone else. Can be considered citing a source. ( RT @mashable Twitter's 1,928 Percent Growth and Other Notable Social Media Stats http:// ) </li></ul><ul><li>@replies – when someone replies to @yourtwitterusername. The more @replies you have the higher your Twitter influence. </li></ul>Sources: Twittonary, and Wikipedia
  5. 5. Why should I care? <ul><li>Create an account and find out. Experience Twitter! </li></ul><ul><li>Share ideas and events. Spread your message easily to multiple devices. </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with people and ideas. Bring in new users who may never find your services. </li></ul><ul><li>Think creatively and be the trend setter. Make Twitter whatever you want it to do or be. </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery tool! Follow trends via #hashtags,,,, etc. and retweet them and/or build on them. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used to help circulate news before major news outlets do it. </li></ul><ul><li>Find people you know and follow them. Look at people they know and if they are interesting follow them too. (See “ambient awareness” on slide 7) </li></ul><ul><li>Associated Press Stylebook added “Twitter” and “Texting” to the latest edition. Follow them @APStylebook. </li></ul><ul><li>This is not an exhaustive list. There are tons more that you can do with Twitter. </li></ul><ul><li>So, what are you doing? Or why are you doing this? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Do you really need to know what everyone is doing all the time?
  7. 7. No! Twitter helps share and connect people with ideas that you find interesting. You can also find people that may will help you discover new things! Kind of like a library, right? Hmmm … Clive Thompson (AKA, @pomeranian99) mentions “ambient awareness” in that “each little update — each individual bit of social information — is insignificant on its own, even supremely mundane. But taken together, over time, the little snippets coalesce into a surprisingly sophisticated portrait of your friends’ and family members’ lives, like thousands of dots making a pointillist painting” – filled with blended color and meaning. Source: ?
  8. 8. Twitter Statistics <ul><li>Nielsen Online shows that Twitter grew a massive 1,928% in the US from June ’08 to June ’09, now reaching a total of 21 million monthly unique visitors. </li></ul><ul><li>5% of Twitter users account for 75% of all activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter users spent an average of 31 minutes, 17 seconds on the site in June 09. This excludes users of clients like TweetDeck and Seesmic Desktop. </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter has yet to catch on with Generation Y users. Only 22 % of this group say they use Twitter. </li></ul>(Sources: , , and )
  9. 10. What are #hashtags? .org/ A hashtag is a “convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets.” They are basically tags to help better organize tweets. (e.g., The next tweets are the main points from my Pecha Kucha session “Strategies for the Mobile Future of Libraries” at #CIL2009 # mobilelib ) For more information check out:
  10. 11. Twitter Groups (i.e., Twibes) I belong to: librarians, EdTech, and drummers.
  11. 12. <ul><li>How can you use Twitter ? </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>I use Twitter to connect with other users and to share content and ideas. I discover something new and useful every day thanks to Twitter! </li></ul>Note: only 138 characters (with spaces) 
  13. 14. Twitter Browser
  14. 15. <ul><li>I tweet, therefore I am. </li></ul><ul><li>I was writing a literature review recently and Twhirl beeped a quote that I actually used in the review. Serendipitous discovery! </li></ul><ul><li>I follow people who interest me, so I don’t get too overwhelmed with useless tweets. </li></ul><ul><li>I “attend” conferences even though I am not really there by following hashtags (e.g., #ALA2009). </li></ul><ul><li>I send notes to myself using TweetCall. </li></ul><ul><li>I find fascinating quotes and tweet them and I include a #quotes hashtag so other Twitterers can enjoy them too. </li></ul>@cmairn Random thoughts …
  15. 16. Try using for class conversations!
  16. 17. Please contact me if you are interested in my updated Twitter assignment and I’ll send you more details.
  17. 19. Give students and library patrons the option to send direct messages to your Twitter account. It is another way for them to stay in contact with you!
  18. 20. Use class #hashtags #cts1101
  19. 21. A few student Tweets Word cloud was made via http:// /
  20. 22. Some actual student Twittermonies <ul><li>Thank You and I'm absolutly loving this whole twitter thing thanks for keeping me up on ***** R.I.P. MICHAEL JACKSON FOREVER MISSED************ </li></ul><ul><li>I just created my account with twitter : but clueless on how to link my blackberry with that- but oh well. </li></ul><ul><li>Hey everyone, you can check my twitter out Never used it before so good luck to me. </li></ul><ul><li>Check My page out on twitter I'm very,very new to this!!! </li></ul><ul><li>show me some love!!! @ </li></ul><ul><li>Check out my page, classmates! I'm new to the whole twitter scene, so bear with me! But I think it's starting to grow on me. I look forward to seeing more of you on there. (@ShoopGuy) </li></ul>
  21. 23. Build a widget ( http:// /downloads ), then create a new page in CMS by pasting the code.
  22. 24. Promote library news via various channels -- Library Blog, Twitter, Toolbars, etc.
  23. 25. Add a Twitter widget to your web site
  24. 26. Allow people to bookmark and share your content. TweetMeme Button Wibiya toolbar! Viigo
  25. 27. You can use Yahoo Pipes, Microsoft’s Popfly (soon to be gone) or other mashup tools to create new/useful content for your users. This Pipe looks complex (and it is), but you can easily clone Pipes based around Twitter and modify them for your use.
  26. 28. This Pipe searches Twitter and returns the results with user name, time, and source info embedded in the description.
  27. 29. Twitter Applications From TwitterBerry STT and TTS TwitterFon for iPhone Consider making something using the Twitter API.
  28. 30. Other ways to use Twitter TwitterGadget in Gmail Manage multiple accounts with Twhirl! Provide access to other services
  29. 31. Twitter visualizations TweetStats TwitterThoughts Twitter Stream Graph Minsh: underwater social world Twitter Earth Twitter Blocks
  30. 32. “ Tweet this” from within Twine FYI: Twine can help you discover information that matters to you and allows you to collect and share bookmarks and other content while receiving recommendations based on your interests. Hmm … kind of like a library, right?
  31. 33. What is texting and why should I care?
  32. 34. Invite [email_address] to work within Google Talk or create something similar for answering questions.
  33. 35. <ul><li>Patrons from all over the US will be able to text a question to My Info Quest, (309) 222-7740, and a librarian will respond!   </li></ul><ul><li>Alliance Library System has partnered with various libraries, Altarama and Web Clarity Software Inc. developers of Peoplewhere to build this exciting new reference service. </li></ul><ul><li>“ It is important because it augments traditional core reference services and meets our customers where they are.” -- Kitty Pope, Executive Director of the Alliance Library System.  </li></ul>
  34. 36. Other Texting/SMS services E v e r y t h i n g FYI: working on adding texting functionality. ThmbSavrs Wants to add texting functionality too. $.99 per answer. Std messaging charges apply
  35. 37. I do give my students my cell number and ask them only to contact me when they’ve tried every other communication channel. I have answered their questions via text and voice and it is the stressed out students who are so appreciative!
  36. 38. Why are you doing this?
  37. 39. Additional Resources <ul><li>100 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Librarians on Twitter - Learn-gasm. (2009). . Retrieved July 23, 2009, from . </li></ul><ul><li>50 Ways to Use Twitter in the College Classroom | Online Colleges. (2009). Retrieved July 23, 2009, from . </li></ul><ul><li>Cohen, L. (2009). Twitter Professors: 18 People to Follow for a Real Time Education. Retrieved July 23, 2009, from . </li></ul><ul><li>Drapeau, M. (2009). Twitter is Not a Conversational Platform - O'Reilly Radar. Retrieved July 23, 2009, from . </li></ul><ul><li>Hilzfuld. (2009). 11 Things to Avoid When Using Twitter | Tech N’ Marketing. Retrieved July 23, 2009, from . </li></ul><ul><li>Micek, D., & Whitlock, W. (2008). Twitter revolution: How social media and mobile marketing is changing the way we do business & market online . Las Vegas, NV: Xeno Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter Handbook — How good people make BIG things happen - FAST! (2009). Retrieved July 23, 2009, from http:// / . </li></ul><ul><li>Parr, B. (2009). 5 Terrific Twitter Research Tools. Retrieved July 23, 2009, from . </li></ul><ul><li>Parry, D. (n.d.). academhack » Blog Archive » Twitter for Academia. Retrieved July 23, 2009, from . </li></ul><ul><li>Thompson, C. (2007). Clive Thompson on How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense. Retrieved July 23, 2009, from . </li></ul><ul><li>Thompson, C. (2008). I’m So Totally, Digitally Close to You. Retrieved July 23, 2009, from . </li></ul>
  38. 40. Comments/Questions? Chad Mairn, M.L.I.S. St. Petersburg College  e-mail:    office: (727) 341.7181 [email_address] Presentation: Unfinished business: http:// / chadmairn @cmairn