Twitter for Alaska Public Radio

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Twitter for Alaska Public Radio

  1. 1. Twitter For Stations, Programs, Journalists and Fun
  2. 2. What is Twitter? microblogging service instant messenger (sort of) mobile messaging lightweight social network; a community of your own design really... it defies categorization or simple description; you have to use it to understand it
  3. 3. Primary concepts username + “real” name + avatar updates / posts / tweets 140 character limit per update; unlimited updates following you follow others; others follow you update stream = you + who you follow “@” replies (public) “d” direct messages (private)
  4. 4. Where is Twitter? twitter.com m.twitter.com 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
  5. 5. Personal usage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddO9idmax0o
  6. 6. Let’s see this thing... twitter.com
  7. 7. Professional usage Lightweight interactive backchannel / community for stations / networks programs / hosts reporters / staff Instant updates for news / live reporting / site updates Networking Learning, sharing, discovery
  8. 8. Stations / Networks APRN - http://twitter.com/aprn WBUR - http://twitter.com/wbur WFPL - http://twitter.com/wfplnews CNN Breaking News - http://twitter.com/cnnbrk PBS Engage - http://twitter.com/pbsengage Huffington Post - http://twitter.com/huffpost
  9. 9. Programs / Hosts CNN: Rachel Maddow - http://twitter.com/maddow NPR: Talk of the Nation - http://www.twitter.com/totn NPR: Science Friday - http://twitter.com/scifritter PBS: NewsHour - http://twitter.com/newshour NPR Politics - http://twitter.com/nprpolitics NPR Planet Money - http://twitter.com/planetmoney
  10. 10. Reporters / Staff NPR: Alicia Shepard - http://twitter.com/ombudsman APRN: L.Townsend - http://twitter.com/loritownsend PBS: Anna Shoup - http://twitter.com/ashoupster NPR: Laura Conaway - http://twitter.com/oleta KJZZ: Rene Gutel - http://twitter.com/rgutel MPR: J.Schrenkler - http://twitter.com/juliaschrenkler
  11. 11. Public Media TwitterPack List of Twitterers in public media http://twitterpacks.pbwiki.com/Public+Media Be sure to add your station / program / personal account to the list
  12. 12. Suggested uses Journalistic “chatter” outside e-mail — stories in progress, research, history, questions Find sources: pros, man-on-the-street Camaraderie Expand network beyond APRN journalists A “Talk of Alaska” that never sleeps A group Twitter experience, a la BPP
  13. 13. search.twitter.com search for any word see most popular and trending topics / words search for hash tags ( #hashtags ) what are people thinking / saying about the news?
  14. 14. The Twitter Experience
  15. 15. Get out of jail free? Student “Twitters” his way out of Egyptian jail http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/04/25/twitter.buck
  16. 16. What, me worry? Tweets are public and searchable (unless you protect your updates) Can a journalist tweet personal thoughts mixed with professional updates? Should a journalist have two Twitter accounts?
  17. 17. 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 http://favrd.com/
  18. 18. twitter.com/jmproffitt
  19. 19. twittervision.com + questions

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