Twitter Exercises Handout

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Twitter Exercises Handout

  1. 1. Getting Started with Twitter Matt Lingard, LSE, m.j.lingard@lse.ac.uk Links: http://delicious.com/mattlingard/twitter Step 1: Create an Account 1. Go to http://twitter.com 2. Click on “Get Started Now” & follow the instructions Important – Skip the next two steps of the set up and DON’T click Finish! 3. 4. Write your twitter username on the attached Post-it! Step 2: Start posting updates 1. On Home type what you are doing / thinking etc & click Update - 140 character max! Twitter Update box 2. Keep posting regularly throughout this workshop! Step 3: Update your profile 1. Click on Settings & update your bio, location & time zone. Add your website & a picture if you have them. 2. View the results on your Profile page (http://twitter.com/yourusername) Step 4: Find some people to follow 1. Use Find People (at the top of your Twitter homepage) or simply type a profile URL: http://twitter.com/username a. Some conference names - timbuckteeth GrahamAtwell jamesclay b. Some famous names – DowningStreet BarackObama stephenfry bbcnews c. In the room! Twitter Tip: Use TinyURL.com to save Step 5: Post some more updates… characters! http://www.tinyurl.com 1. Regular updates (try including a link) #pelc09 1
  2. 2. @ reply button 2. Replies - Use the reply icon (above) to send an @username reply to one of your new friends @ reply example 3. Mentions - Use @username within an update to reference someone Note: Mentions will appear on the homepages of all your followers. Replies usually only appear on the homepages of the person you are replying to and any shared followers. Step 6: Search for “what’s happening now?” 1. Use http://search.twitter.com (Search link at the bottom of your homepage) to see what’s happening now! Try #pelc09 (the conference tag) Hashtags: are used to identify & find related updates #pelc09 is Step 7: If time… the conference hashtag 1. Change your homepage design (Settings > Design) 2. Set up your Mobile and text to Twitter (Settings > Mobile) 3. Send a Direct Message (private) to one of your friends 4. Retweet (forward) an update made by one of your friends. You type the “RT @” then copy-&-paste the original update A ‘retweet’ This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non- Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ #pelc09 2

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