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To Tweet or Not to Tweet? A Short Introduction to Twitter Laura Leavitt Labor Relations &  Business Librarian January 8, 2...
  …  What Is It? <ul><li>Microblog – meant to answer the question “What are you doing?” </li></ul><ul><li>Limited to 140 c...
How Can I Use It? <ul><ul><li>Keep informed – follow news, trade associations, govt. agencies, subject experts </li></ul><...
Some Basics… <ul><ul><li>Retweets – RT @Mashable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hashtags - #sla2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul...
The Fail Whale
Current Users  ( Source:  http://www.alexa.com  )
Twitter Demographics
Twitter & Privacy <ul><li>Posting on Twitter means: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your updates appear in Twitter’s public timeline...
Twitter & Privacy <ul><li>To enhance your privacy on Twitter: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Protect your tweets </li></ul></ul><ul...
Additional Resources <ul><li>MSU Libraries Twitter Guide:   http:// libguides.lib.msu.edu /twitter   </li></ul><ul><li>Con...
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  1. 1. To Tweet or Not to Tweet? A Short Introduction to Twitter Laura Leavitt Labor Relations & Business Librarian January 8, 2010
  2. 2. … What Is It? <ul><li>Microblog – meant to answer the question “What are you doing?” </li></ul><ul><li>Limited to 140 characters </li></ul><ul><li>Follow and are followed </li></ul><ul><li>Public forum </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul>
  3. 3. How Can I Use It? <ul><ul><li>Keep informed – follow news, trade associations, govt. agencies, subject experts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social / collective action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entertainment </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Some Basics… <ul><ul><li>Retweets – RT @Mashable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hashtags - #sla2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(see http://hashtags.org ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct messages (private) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>D leavitt9 How are you today? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Following / Unfollowing </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Fail Whale
  6. 6. Current Users ( Source: http://www.alexa.com )
  7. 7. Twitter Demographics
  8. 8. Twitter & Privacy <ul><li>Posting on Twitter means: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your updates appear in Twitter’s public timeline — a flowing river of every member’s status. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anyone can see your Twitter updates. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your Twitter updates can be indexed by search engines … including Google! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Possible dangers include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Privacy violations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Threats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impersonation- Oh MY! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Twitter & Privacy <ul><li>To enhance your privacy on Twitter: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Protect your tweets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use discretion when posting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Block users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Report violations </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Additional Resources <ul><li>MSU Libraries Twitter Guide: http:// libguides.lib.msu.edu /twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Contact information: </li></ul><ul><li>Laura L. Leavitt </li></ul><ul><li>Labor Relations and Business Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>MSU Gast Business Library </li></ul><ul><li>50 Law College Building </li></ul><ul><li>East Lansing, MI 48824-1300 </li></ul><ul><li>517-355-4647 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: leavitt9 </li></ul>
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