Irene E. McDermottInterim City Librarian, Crowell Public LibraryIMcDermott@CityofSanMarino.orgAuthor, Internet Book of Life (2011)
Twitter: OriginsMarch 21, 2006: First tweet.July 2006: Launched by Jack Dorsey, BizStone, Noah Glass, Evan Williams.March 2007: Twitter is a hit at the South bySouthwest Interactive (SXSWi) conference.Now: Twitter is the 8thmost popular site inthe United States.
Why Use Twitter?Share your own thoughts.Get breaking news.Follow interesting people, like comediansand celebrities. Even talk back to them!Communicate with shy relatives.Follow trends with hashtags: #Get customer service.
Share Your ThoughtsTalk to your followers in 140 characters orless.Share a web site.Share a photo or video.Mention fellow Twitter users with @ sign.Mark your tweet with a searchable subjectword using a hash tag: #
HashtagA hasthtag (or pound sign) marks key words ortopics.If you insert a hashtag before an important wordin your tweet, that word becomes #searchable.Search or follow trends with words marked byhashtags. They are clickable.#TheGreatGatsby soundtrack conjures aconsistent mood of noirish, doomed romance.
Get Breaking NewsFollow your favoritenews organizations andeven newscasters.Search for news bysubject hashtag.Click on “Trends.”@KNX1070 BREAKINGMagnitude 3.0 #quake,centered 2 miles SE ofMarina Del Rey
Twitter News ProblemsSometimes news is unconfirmed and wrong.Sunil Tripathi was named as the Boston Marathonbomber on Twitter and Reddit. Tripathi was laterfound dead.Sometimes Twitter accounts can be hijacked. OnApril 23, AP feed falsely said that Obama had beenhurt in a bombing. Syrian Electronic Army claimedresponsibility.Big disasters will attract spammers.
Follow Interesting PeopleComedians andcelebrities.Even talk back tothem!@ConanOBrien Ireally liked yourshow last night.@andersoncooper@jimmyfallon@William Shatner
Communicate with RelativesFor families too shy to use FaceBook.Who don’t want to say too much or start adialogue in email.Can communicate with several at once. @mmcd21, @jhmcde, @a1rfoyle How areyou guys?
Follow Popular TrendsDiscover on the lefthand side of the screen.Search with keywordswith hashtag. #IRSClick on keyword withhashtag on a tweet.Brad Pitt calls#AngelinaJolie heroic.
Get Customer ServiceMajor companies haveTwitter feeds that theymonitor.Get help from airlines:@DeltaAssistLong queue for phonehelp? Tweet. You willget a DM (directmessage) back.Why isnt our Internetworking??? #ATTsucks
Where to Learn MoreTwitter 101https://support.twitter.com/articles/215585-twitter-101-getting-started-with-twitterTwitter Guide Bookhttp://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/Twitter: Getting Startedhttp://www.dummies.com/how-to/internet/Blogging-Social-Networking/Twitter/Getting-Started.html