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  • Twitter can be so much to so many. Can just be 140 character of banality and “just had toast for breakfast”, but to many people it is so much more. Hopefully the next half hour will show some good examples of more creative ways to use Twitter
  • Firstly a bit more background to Social Media / New Media / Web 2.0
  • Nothing more than to signify a difference between the way the Internet has been used since the early 1990s (Web 1.0 or the old web) and how it is being used now (Web 2.0) and the difference between printed traditional media and something newer.
  • Web 2.0 is a collection of tools, applications and changes in working practice that have enabled people in communities to become more connected, to network with their peers and to collectively campaign as force not possible before. It has enabled supporting organisations develop a new way of working with their members; getting the message to them faster by using new techniques (all the senses not just printed word) and has allowed members to directly comment on and influence the organisations direction. Social Media is a way of using tools and platforms running on the Internet to instantly collaborate, share information and experiences, or have a conversation ideas or causes we care about. It’s a world where anyone can be a publisher, a reporter, an artist, a filmmaker, a photographer or pundit …. even an activist or citizen philanthropist!
  • Daunting representation of the size of the social media / social networking internet world
  • Twitter is about “What are you doing?” or “What’s happening?”
  • Twitter can be used in many many ways, there are no “rules” so its what works for your organisation. Learn from others. NAVCAnews is both a feed of new items added to the NAVCA website, but also other areas of interest found or RT’ed by the information / comms team
  • Follow lists other people have created A good way to discover other people / other orgs that you have missed but others have found You can add a Twitter account to a list with out following that person – great for “occasional” groups you’d like to keep up to date with
  • This is an innovative feed from Halton Voluntary Action reporting development worker outcomes. Much easier and showing instant results than completion of paperwork back in the office. As Twitter is RSS enabled (see later) these can easily be scooped up by other applications and become a case file. Database / Outcomes reporting providers are looking into this way of capturing information
  • This is an interactive feed from Telford & Wrekin CVS – although there is a lot of news coming out from the CVS its all being fed in manually (rather than an auto RSS feed). One tweet (scroll back), about their Christmas fair was picked up by the local radio station and the CVS invited to go on-air to explain more about the event. This CVS has done their local research to find out who else is Tweeting in the area and followed up the links with conversations – a great way to increase your presence. .
  • This is a (generally) automated feed of news from Merton VSC – but a great easy way for anyone or any groups already on Twitter to keep up with what is happening in the local area.
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  • Twitter for Red Foundation Fresh Thinking

    1. 1. Fresh Thinking 30 th November 2009 Paul Webster NAVCA – ICT Support and Development
    2. 2. <ul><li>@all Should really deliver this presentation and explain #twitter in just 140 characters – but don’t think that would tell you much! </li></ul>
    3. 3. “ Online applications, platforms and media which aim to facilitate interaction, collaboration and the sharing of content” structured way, communication is free and lateral: anyone can talk to anyone else. The web is creating a culture of working with people not for them. Work is most satisfying and creative when it’s work with people rather than for them.” Charles Leadbetter, March 2009 “ In the world of the web the main principle is that you can freely communicate with anyone you need to regardless of title or hierarchy. Even if decisions are made in a hierarchical or
    4. 4. Old media - Web 1.0 . . . . . static websites with no interaction, text heavy content. Information was just fed TO viewers (Others – if you dare!)
    5. 5. New media - Web 2.0 . . . . is interactive websites, open comments allowed, conversations and social networking WITH viewers encouraged
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    7. 7. Steve Louie fajalr ?
    8. 8. <ul><li>Built on SMS mobile phone technology – most accessible form of mobile media. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows users to send and read other users' updates - text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. Can be sent by phone, webpage or application. </li></ul><ul><li>Updates displayed on user's profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used to alert masses of people, quickly, efficiently and cheaply – about an event, report or campaign. </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful to ‘ask the (worldwide) audience’ a questions and collate responses – much easier than by email. </li></ul><ul><li>A great way to reach a wide, yet targeted audience and widen your network. </li></ul><ul><li>Commoncraft Video explaining Twitter </li></ul>Twitter ...
    9. 9. Visit
    10. 10. 3 ‘rules’ of Twitter <ul><li>Have an identity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bio, website and introduction. Be yourself Twitter is people not organisations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search and follow </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find people to follow and don’t be shy to follow people – broaden your network to people you may not normally encounter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conversations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter is conversational – not a broadcast, tweet frequently and tweet naturally </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. 3 Twitter commands <ul><li>@ - At message </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Messages can be sent with no prefix, but could get lost in the ‘noise’ a message prefixed with @<username> will appear in that persons stream </li></ul></ul><ul><li># - Hashtag </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used both formally (e.g. #swineflu) or informally (e.g. #dbuc09) to group and associate similar tweets about a news story or event </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DM – Direct message </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This can only be read by the two people it is sent between (both must be mutual followers) – but maybe not what Twitter is about? </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. 3 ways Twitter is useful to me <ul><li>Biggest circle of link-minded friends – 650 who may be able to help with lost laptops or film queries (or work!) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask a question from the audience? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Extra conference attendee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitterfall </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Eyes and ears for your organisation – who is talking about areas that interest you ... – or even directly about you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter Search for Voluntary Sector </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also wider ‘news as it happens’ – TwitScoop </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Link to TwitScoop
    14. 15. Events AS they happen not AFTER they have happened
    15. 16. But if you have to go away … … there is always Twitter in a Newspaper! The Twitter
    16. 17. Twitter Lists … … organise followers by topic, region, type of person etc.
    17. 18. 3 ways that others use Twitter <ul><li>Dogstrust - @dogstrust @dogstrust </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Very popular in keeping supporters up to date with the cause </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Womens Resource Centre - @whywomen @whywomen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good use to raise awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tameside 3 rd Sector Coalition - @t3sc @t3sc </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conversations with local groups </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There are many more national and local front-line and infrastructure orgs using twitter - just search! </li></ul>
    18. 19. 3 ways that CVS are using Twitter <ul><li>Halton Voluntary Action </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Harvest feedback from Development Workers on the ground </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Telford & Wrekin CVS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conversations leads to results </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Merton Connected </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed of news and information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There are many more national and local front-line and infrastructure orgs using twitter - just search! </li></ul>
    19. 20. Visit Halton Voluntary Action
    20. 21. 3 ways that CVS are using Twitter <ul><li>Halton Voluntary Action </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Harvest feedback from Development Workers on the ground </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Telford & Wrekin CVS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conversations leads to results </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Merton Connected </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed of news and information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There are many more national and local front-line and infrastructure orgs using twitter - just search! </li></ul>
    21. 22. Visit Telford & Wrekin CVS
    22. 23. 3 ways that CVS are using Twitter <ul><li>Halton Voluntary Action </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Harvest feedback from Development Workers on the ground </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Telford & Wrekin CVS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conversations leads to results </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Merton Connected </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed of news and information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There are many more national and local front-line and infrastructure orgs using twitter - just search! </li></ul>
    23. 24. Visit Merton Voluntary Service Council
    24. 25. 3 LIOs that use Twitter <ul><li>@vamanchester - Link </li></ul><ul><li>@hvastuff - Link </li></ul><ul><li>@mertonconnected - Link </li></ul>
    25. 26. ... and 3 more! <ul><li>@southlincscvs - Link </li></ul><ul><li>@warringtoncvs - Link </li></ul><ul><li>@t3sc - Link </li></ul><ul><li>there are many and the number is growing, 23 at the last check </li></ul>
    26. 27. 3 Problems with Twitter <ul><li>At first feeling unheard until connections made </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t give up </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Very ephemeral – tweets have a short life span </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Put in effort - but take seek results and take-away - now </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lots of ‘noise’ and need to keep checking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be managed using RSS feeds and searches </li></ul></ul>
    27. 28. 3 tips for Twitter <ul><li>Check for ‘@ replies’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>these are messages people have sent in reply to you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Set up ‘saved searches’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>find out what’s being said about topics that interest you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t expect instant results! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Its not like Facebook (popular) or MSN (instant conversations) </li></ul></ul>
    28. 29. 3 features that make Twitter versatile <ul><li>API </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The interface is open so anyone can and does build applications for specific purposes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Built on SMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The simplist form of mobile communication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The ‘currency’ of social media – all Twiiter streams can be accessed by an RSS reader </li></ul></ul>
    29. 30. 3 Twitter trivia's <ul><li>Average age of Twitter user is 31 [Pew Internet – December 2008] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Why is it called Twitter? “The definition is 'a short burst of inconsequential information,' or 'chirps from birds’. We wanted to capture the feeling, the physical sensation you're buzzing your friend's pocket. [Jack Dorsey - co-founder of Twitter] </li></ul><ul><li>How many tweets have been sent? - http:// / </li></ul>
    30. 31. <ul><li>NAVCA News @ navcanews </li></ul><ul><li>Sports @ navcasport </li></ul><ul><li>ILP @ navcailp </li></ul><ul><li>Every Child Matters @ navcaecm </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Champions @ ictchampions </li></ul><ul><li>LCPU @ lcpu </li></ul><ul><li>Learning & Development @ navcalandd </li></ul><ul><li>NAVCAboodle @ navcaboodle </li></ul>3 NAVCA Twitter accounts / (ALL) NAVCA Twitter accounts
    31. 32. 3 ways to keep up with Twitter <ul><li>A ‘Twitter Client’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To watch all the tweets of those you follow (e.g. Twibble or Twhirl) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An ‘RSS reader’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All Twitter updates have RSS and can be subscribed to in a feed reader such as ‘Google Reader’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These can be ‘mashed’ into combined feeds, e.g. of all NAVCA Tweets or all LIO Tweets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An ‘Email Delivery Service’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Feed My Inbox’ will deliver a list of the Tweets from each account you tell it to monitor in the form of an daily email </li></ul></ul>
    32. 33. Finding your Way! Photo:
    33. 34. 3 Twitter – Good Work Practices <ul><li>Tweets about your organisation represent it to the world </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t say anything in public that can’t be backed up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If asked about work treat as you would an email or phone call </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be positive and link to the organisations website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But don’t overdo as Twitter is the personal faces of the org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check who you follow and who follows you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do they add to your work-related Twitter conversations, even if not ‘sector’ friends, or are they celebs and marketing spammers? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>As with any internet based communication (web browsing or email) whilst at work it should be related to work </li></ul>
    34. 35. <ul><li>10 million people visited Twitter in February 2009 (worldwide); traffic to Twitter in the UK increased by 974% in last year. [ComScore and HitWise] </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly one-in-five (19%) online adults ages 18 to 24 have used Twitter, as have 20% of online adults ages 25 to 34. </li></ul><ul><li>Median age of a Twitter user is 31. Median age of a MySpace user is 27, Facebook user is 26 and LinkedIn user is 40. [Pew Research Center]
 </li></ul>3 more boring stats about Twitter!
    35. 36. Why would you use it? Access to a GLOBAL audience enabling many voices F R E E!!! (in most cases) Your ideas and messages can be shared & spread very quickly Can take on a creative life of its own Very high profile – the latest ‘buzz’ Portrays the human voice of your organization You want share ideas in progress and let others join in and help It may be messy – so be prepared to deal with this You are already clear in your aims, but open to contributions
    36. 37. Why wouldn’t you use it? Tracking sites can be time consuming – so have a clear plan Needs fast internet connection (ADSL / Fibre) – rural issues Can be intimidating if not used to using the internet / technology Fickle – constantly changing ‘current fashionable product’ Not there to be controlled – groups may take your message and rebroadcast it, so it is important to listen to the social networks Be prepared for your organisation to change how it works Looser control on organisation message and authorization - won’t work if your message is written in stone, not electricity Invest time in staff learning new skills and the time to make it an organizational habit
    37. 38. Thanks The Regional ICT Champions: Website - Newsfeed - My news and thoughts about technology in the sector: on my Tumblr page on Twitter @watfordgap or email [email_address]