Twitter: Can You Really Do Anything in 140 Characters or Less?
Twitter: Can You Really DoAnything in 140 Characters orLess? (that’s 62) Angie Manfredi Los Alamos County Library System www.fatgirlreading.com @misskubelik
What This Presentation Will Be An overview and explanation of what Twitter is and the mechanics of how it works. A look at how you can use Twitter to connect with authors and stay tuned into publishing and literature trends.
What This PresentationWill NOT Be We will not be covering how to use Twitter with patrons, children or teen otherwise. We will not be covering how to use Twitter in a library setting for publicity or outreach.
OK, What’s Twitter? www.twitter.com Launched in July 2006. 140 million active users as of 2012. They generate 340 million tweets every day.
Who’s Using It? June 2011 Pew Internet & American Life Project 13% of online adults were using Twitter (up from 8% in November 2010). Twitter use by internet users ages 25-34 went from 9% to 19%, users ages 35-44 went from 8% to 14%. African-Americans and Latinos have a high rate of adoption. 25% of African- Americans use Twitter at least occasionally, 11% doing so daily.
Yes, But What IS It? Micro-blogging. “SMS of the Internet.” Basically, think of it as the text- messaging equivalent of social networking.
Let’s Dig Into Vocabulary Tweets Followers, Following @ (reply) # RT, MT DM Trending Topics Lists
The Basics You don’t need to have an account to follow someone’s tweets. Anyone can lock their account: this keeps it private to anyone but people they follow. You can block followers. You are not required to follow back or even follow anyone.
OK, Now Let’s See It In Action Let’s say hello! Let’s see who says hello back!
Great. Now What Can I Do? Twitter is social networking without the hassle. While enjoyably addictive, it can also be less of a time commitment. By default, it forces you to be more direct.
Stacked’s TWITTERVIEW Author interviews via Twitter. www.stackedbooks.org Pitch PLAYING HURT in 140 characters or less. Two former athletes stumble onto love—and the light that can still exist in their lives, healing their long-lived heartache in the process. Who do you think is doing groundbreaking work in the YA lit world today? I always think of L.H. Anderson as a seminal author who ushered in current contemporary YA. (from the Twitterview with Holly Schindler: http://www.stackedbooks.org/2011/04/twitterview-holly- schindler.html)
It’s Hard To Resist The @ Authors I’ve Connected With Over Twitter Laurel Snyder and David Lubar Brenna Yovanoff, Nova Ren Suma Kathleen Peacock, Ally Condie, A.S. King, Cindy Pon, and Kathleen Duey. Scott Westerfeld and Markus Zusak.
Joining The Conversation #yalitchat (Wednesdays, 9PM EST) #kidlitchat (Tuesdays at 9PM EST) #mglitchat (Thursdays at 9PM EST) #libchat (Wednesdays, 8PM EST)
Publishers and More www.twitter.com/RandomBuzzers www.twitter.com/lbschool www.twitter.com/ScholasticTeach www.twitter.com/HarlequinTEEN www.twitter.com/WaldenPondPress
Down the Rabbit Hole Hashtags make sharing easy and spreads conversations. Publishers and authors use Twitter for promotion and publicity but it’s easy to pick through that (140 characters!) to find who and what you want. You get to chime in on all kinds of conversations.
Why Twitter? Twitter can whittle the Internet into workable chunks. Saves time! Makes connections! Constantly updating! Lots to explore and discover! SAVES TIME!