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All About Twitter - CiL 2010


Part of "Making the Most of Twitter" - Preconference at Computers in Libraries 2010. Presented with Michael Sauers and David Lee King. April 11, 2010.

Part of "Making the Most of Twitter" - Preconference at Computers in Libraries 2010. Presented with Michael Sauers and David Lee King. April 11, 2010.

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  • ChristaFollow unto others as you would have them do unto you.@comment others to make the most of the experience.Link to your stuff — smartly. Frequently linking to your stuff leads to unfollows. Besides, it defeats tweet purpose.Don’t take non-responses personally. Conversations fly on Twitter, so people might miss it or simply receive too many @replies to respond to every single one.Be patient in getting the hang of Twitter. Twitter’s help is helpless and it has a few quirks for a simple app.Avoid addiction by taking care in using addicting apps like Twhirl and other cool Twittapps or else Twitter will suck you in for more time than you can afford. I curb addiction by checking in twice a day (start and end of day) and no in-between (except weekends).Use your name or else people won’t know who you are. I started with Content Maven and no face photo. Hey, I didn’t know better at the time.
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  • 1. Computers in Libraries
    April 11, 2010
  • 2. What is microblogging?
    The act of blogging that is:
  • 3.
  • 4. Enter Twitter
    Answer the question “What’s happening?” in 140 characters or less
    Follow friends
    Be followed
    Like IM, but asynchronous
    No “status”, others don’t know if you’re paying attention
  • 5. Create your account
  • 6. Create your account
  • 7. Set up posting options
  • 8. Set up notifications
  • 9. Set up your profile
  • 10. Design your home page
  • 11. Design your home page
  • 12. Make connections
  • 13. Twitter Goodies
  • 14. Widgets
  • 15. Buttons
  • 16. Posting to Twitter
    A post: “Tweet”
    Creating a post: “Tweeting”
    via the Web (
    via a client (Twhirl, TweetDeck, TwitHive)
    via a bookmarklet (TwitterBar, TwitThis)
    via e-mail
    via SMS (40404)
    Blog-to-Twitter (twitterfeed)
    URL’s that extend past the 140 character limit are automatically turned into TinyURLs
  • 17.
  • 18. Twitter commands
    d usernamemessage
    nudge username
    l: location information
    follow username
    leave username
    block username
    invite phonenumber
  • 19. Follow your friends
    Read your friends’ tweets via your Twitter homepage
    Read via a client
    Subscribe via RSS
    Receive tweets via SMS
  • 20. Add friends
  • 21. Direct messages
  • 22. Create lists
  • 23. Uses
    Ultra simple blogging
    Reference Questions
    Emergency Services
    Presidential Campaigning
    Web site updates
  • 24. Arlington Virginia Public Library
  • 25. NLC Reference
  • 26.
  • 27. NASA
  • 28. The White House
  • 29. “Darth Vader”
  • 30. Searching Twitter Content
  • 31. Twitter on Google
  • 32. Twemes
  • 33. Problems
    TwitterferenceSo many SMS tweets that you can’t make a phone call
    If it ever goes away, your content is gone
    Considered too distracting by some
    If you don’t participate, you won’t get anything out of it
  • 34. 7 Tips to a Good Twitter Experience
    Follow unto others
    @comment others
    Link to your stuff
    Don’t take non-responses personally
    Be patient
    Avoid addiction
    Use your name
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  • 36. Questions???
    Christa BurnsSpecial Projects Librarian
    Nebraska Library Commission