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Twitter for Academics .... in 30 minute


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  • 1. Toolkit Tools Series: Twitter in 30 minutes Beth Filar Williams, Coordinator of Library Services for Online &Distance Education Liane Elias, Graduate Student in Library & Information Studies at UNCG Cheryl Cross, Library Technology Support AnalystPresented by UNCG Libraries, 10/21/11
  • 2. Technical Stuff Click TALK to speak, but set Sometime up your audio first. (file – video is used audio – audio set up wizard. CHAT: Feel free to offer comments at anytime, ask questions, or chat directly with moderator. Note icons to show emotion, leave room, raise hand or answer a poll. View PARTICIPANTS. Icons will appear next to their name if they are using mic, chatting, etc.
  • 3. POLL: do you tweet?A. I have an account & tweet on occasionB. I have an account… I think?C. Haven’t joined up yet, convince me!D. Um, what’s a tweet?
  • 4. What is Twitter? ….an real-time information network made up of 140-character messages called Tweets
  • 5. Twitter History /Stats Created in March 2006 – launched in July Company based in San Francisco 200 million users as of 2011 200 million tweets over 1.6 billion search queries/day
  • 6. Images from help pages
  • 7. Mobile Options
  • 8. Twitter usage?Pointless babble – 40%Conversational – 38%Pass-along value – 9%Self-promotion – 6%Spam – 4%News – 4%
  • 9. Twitter usage con’t
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  • 11. Special Report: Twitter in Higher Education 2010:Usage Habits and Trends of Today’s College? How familiar are you with Twitter
  • 12. …as a networking and professional development toolTwitter has been a tremendously useful tool for me in connecting with otherprofessors, discovering new sources and new information, teaching studentsabout some of the dynamics of not just Twitter but real-time informationsharing, and for building and continuing relationships made in real life.Its great to be able to send a quick thought to everyone & receive reactionsand connect with so many people at once--family, friends, and friends-to-be.Ive reached more people and have had more exposure as an academictweeting and blogging about higher ed than I have ever with my moretradition research and publishing.
  • 13. Twitter in Academia Class Chatter/Classroom Community Get a Sense of the World Track a Word (#awordtofollow) Track a Conference (#aconferencename) Instant Feedback Follow professionals ( Grammar, rule based writing, writing assignments Public notepadFrom:
  • 14. POLL: Will you try Twitter now?A. Already using it but now I will more effectivelyB. Yes!C. MaybeD. Still not convinced it’s for me.
  • 15. Q &A? Beth Filar Williams, DE Librarian, Liane Elias, LIS Grad Student,