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All About Twitter - Internet Librarian 2009


Part of "Twitter: Enabling Customer Conversations" - Pre conference at Internet Librarian 2009. Presented with Michael Sauers and David Lee King. October 25, 2009.

Part of "Twitter: Enabling Customer Conversations" - Pre conference at Internet Librarian 2009. Presented with Michael Sauers and David Lee King. October 25, 2009.

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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. Internet Librarian
    October 25, 2009
  • 2. What is microblogging?
    The act of blogging that is:
  • 3.
  • 4. Enter Twitter
    Answer the question “What are you doing?” 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 an account
  • 6. Create your profile
  • 7. Set up posting options
  • 8. Set up notifications
  • 9. Add a profile picture or icon
  • 10. Design your home page
  • 11. 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
  • 12.
  • 13. Twitter commands
    d usernamemessage
    nudge username
    l: location information
    follow username
    leave username
    block username
    invite phonenumber
  • 14. Direct messages
  • 15. Add friends
  • 16. Follow your friends
    Read your friends’ tweets via your Twitter homepage
    Read via a client
    Subscribe via RSS
    Receive tweets via SMS
  • 17. Uses
    Ultra simple blogging
    Reference Questions
    Emergency Services
    Presidential Campaigning
    Web site updates
  • 18. Lincoln City Libraries
  • 19. NLC Reference
  • 20.
  • 21. NASA
  • 22. LA Fire Department
  • 23. The White House
  • 24. “Darth Vader”
  • 25. Searching Twitter Content
  • 26. 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
  • 27. 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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  • 29. Questions???
    Christa BurnsSpecial Projects Librarian
    Nebraska Library Commission