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slides from Jason Rhode's presentation on Twitter Basics & Extensions as part of the online session, "Using Twitter for Teaching, Learning and Professional Development in Higher Education"; complete ...

slides from Jason Rhode's presentation on Twitter Basics & Extensions as part of the online session, "Using Twitter for Teaching, Learning and Professional Development in Higher Education"; complete online handout and archived session are available at http://bit.ly/twitterinedu

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Twitter Basics & Extensions Twitter Basics & Extensions Presentation Transcript

  • Twitter Basics
  • Twitter Described
    “Part blog, part social networking site, and part cell phone/IM tool. It is designed to let users describe what they are doing or thinking at a given moment, in 140 characters or less”
    – Educause 7 Things You Should Know About Twitter
    2
  • Twitter Search
  • Trending Topics
    "most breaking" news stories from across the world; hottest emerging trends and topics of discussion on Twitter
  • Platform Independent
    Twitter messages, referred to as “tweets” can be sent and received from multiple platforms:
    Web-based Twitter account
    Software client on any desktop or laptop
    Twitter app on smart phone
    Twitter app on tablet
    SMS from any phone
    The same Twitter account can be accessed from any of the above platforms!
  • The Web: Twitter.com
  • Twitter App: Smart Phone
  • Twitter App: iPad
  • SMS
    Account can be configured to allow for messages to be sent via SMS to 40404
  • http://www.editorsweblog.org/multimedia/2009/01/twitter_first_off_the_mark_with_hudson_p.php
  • Election Coverage on Twitter
    http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/election.pulse
  • Iranian Election Protests & Twitter
    http://www.newsweek.com/2009/06/25/a-twitter-timeline-of-the-iran-election.html
  • Haiti Earthquake
    http://mashable.com/2010/01/12/haiti-earthquake-pictures
  • Following Others
    Following someone on Twitter means:
    a) you are subscribing to their Tweets as a Follower
    b) their updates will appear in your timeline
    c) that person has permission to send you private Tweets, called direct messages
  • Followers
    People who receive your tweets
  • Anatomy of a Tweet
  • Hashtag (#)
    The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.
  • @Mention
    Any Twitter update that contains @username anywhere in the body of the Tweet. (Yes, this means that replies are also considered mentions.)
  • @Reply
    Public reply to another Twitter user, always beginning with @username
  • Retweet (RT)
    Tweet that is reposted to your followers, either by clicking the “Retweet” link on the Twitter website or by beginning a tweet with RT @username
  • Direct Message (D)
    private message sent via Twitter to one of your followers
  • Favorites
    Favorites, represented by a small star icon next to a Tweet, are most commonly used when users like a Tweet and wish to save it for later.
  • Lists
    Collections of other users
  • Extending Twitter
  • Getting More Out of Twitter
    Clients
    TweetDeck
    HootSuite
    Seesmic
    Apps
    Official Twitter App
    3rd Party Apps
    Utilities
    Twitterfeed
    twtpoll
    Shortening URLs
    Bit.ly
    Photos
    TwitPic
    yFrog
    Video
    yFrog
    Screenr
  • TweetDeck
  • HootSuite
  • Seesmic
  • Twitter App (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)
  • TweetDeck(iPad)
  • Shortening URLs: bit.ly
  • TwitPic: Photos
  • yFrog: Photos & Videos
  • Screencasts: Screenr
  • twtpoll
  • Twitterfeed
  • More Resources
    https://sites.google.com/site/twitterinedu/resources