For Stations, Programs, Journalists and Fun
What is Twitter?
instant messenger (sort of)
lightweight social network;
a community of your own design
really... it deﬁes categorization or simple description;
you have to use it to understand it
username + “real” name + avatar
updates / posts / tweets
140 character limit per update; unlimited updates
you follow others; others follow you
update stream = you + who you follow
“@” replies (public)
“d” direct messages (private)
Where is Twitter?
SMS text messaging
iPhone apps (Twitteriﬁc, Twinkle, Tweetsville)
PC & Mac apps (twhirl, TweetDeck, Twitteriﬁc)
blogging plugins, widgets, Facebook integration, more
E-mail (direct messages), RSS feeds
Public Media TwitterPack
List of Twitterers in public media
Be sure to add your station / program / personal
account to the list
Journalistic “chatter” outside e-mail — stories in
progress, research, history, questions
Find sources: pros, man-on-the-street
Expand network beyond APRN journalists
A “Talk of Alaska” that never sleeps
A group Twitter experience, a la BPP
search for any word
see most popular and trending topics / words
search for hash tags ( #hashtags )
what are people thinking / saying about the news?
Get out of jail free?
Student “Twitters” his way out of Egyptian jail
What, me worry?
Tweets are public and searchable
(unless you protect your updates)
Can a journalist tweet personal thoughts mixed with
Should a journalist have two Twitter accounts?
More fun than should be legal
“Favorite” tweets can be starred
Tweets with a lot of favorites—from selected voters—
are collected in one place
This is probably what a foul-mouthed Dorothy Parker or
Oscar Wilde would be writing today