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Internet technologies & hearing loss: Twitter

  1. 1. Internet Technologies & Hearing Loss – Introduction to Twitter Heidi Walsh
  2. 2. <ul><li>Over the next few weeks, we will look at an Internet Technology per week including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forums  14-03-2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chatrooms  21-03-2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs  28-03-2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook  04-04-2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skype </li></ul></ul><ul><li>And how these technologies can support people with hearing loss </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Twitter? <ul><li>Is a micro-blogging service </li></ul><ul><li>Huh? </li></ul><ul><li>It is a way for people to communicate with other people by sending short messages known as tweets </li></ul><ul><li>Breaks down barriers due to hearing loss as it is text-based not verbal </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Twitter started out as a way to share what you are doing with other people </li></ul><ul><li>A bit like when you phone up a friend and one of the first questions you ask is ‘what are you doing?’ </li></ul><ul><li>It was designed as a modern way of making people feel connected or in touch with others </li></ul><ul><li>Can be private or open (viewable by anyone) </li></ul>
  5. 5. At a basic level …. <ul><li>You can share </li></ul><ul><li>Comments with your friends – regardless of where they are in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Photos – using an extra service such as </li></ul><ul><li>Videos – using an extra service such as </li></ul><ul><li>Links to things on the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Much more … </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Since then it has been used: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By celebrities to say what they are doing! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By people to campaign / to highlight issues / report events (Eqypt, Syria, etc) – this is known as citizen journalism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To send a message to a group of people at one time – eg cancelling an event </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By businesses to inform about new products etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To inform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To educate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To run discussions – a Twitter chat </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Uses for deaf people <ul><li>Feel in touch with friends and family be knowing what people are doing </li></ul><ul><li>Follow news / keep up-to-date on latest events </li></ul><ul><li>Follow hobbies and share interests </li></ul><ul><li>Find out about new developments, e.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tinnitus news - British Tinnitus Association </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campaigning for deaf people - RNID </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. How it works <ul><li>To send a tweet you need a free Twitter account </li></ul><ul><li>You send a tweet (140 characters max) </li></ul><ul><li>Your tweet is sent to the people following you – your followers </li></ul><ul><li>And/or can be read by anyone else via the Internet (unless you make your tweets private </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>You can follow other people’s tweets </li></ul><ul><li>Tweets can be received and read: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On your mobile phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By email </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You can use special websites and programmes to collect and organise tweets </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Tweet – when you send a message </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter feed – all your tweets </li></ul><ul><li>Retweet (RT) – when you forward someone else’s tweet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Retweeting passes information on very quickly </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Person A sends tweet to network 1 Person B is a member of both network 1 & network 2 AND sends retweet to network 2
  12. 12. <ul><li>Direct message (DM) – a private tweet sent to one person </li></ul><ul><li>@replies – message addressed to a specific Twitter user but can be read by anyone following you </li></ul><ul><li># hashtags – a way of marking tweets so that they can be searched </li></ul>
  13. 13. To find information/people <ul><li>Use the search box on Twitter: </li></ul>
  14. 14. Examples of Twitter feeds
  15. 15. BBC News
  16. 16. Following a story / interest using a #hashtag #hashtag in search box Save search for future
  17. 17. British Tinnitus Association
  18. 18. RNID
  19. 19. Useful extras
  20. 20. <ul><li>Collates all your tweets into one place as a printable book </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Way of collecting and organising tweets on various devices </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Way of following and participating in Twitter chats (discussions) </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Way of collating and organising tweets into an online ‘newspaper’ </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Way of collating tweets and Facebook posts into a daily online newspaper </li></ul>