Online Classroom Impact: Tapping Twitter, Facebook, and Other Tools Mike Qaissaunee www.twitter.com/mqaissaunee October 12, 2009 w/ guest speaker: Gordon F. Snyder, Jr.
Online Classroom Impact: Tapping Twitter, Facebook, and Other Tools
Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are exploding in popularity and our students are using them. Do you want to join in? The presenters discuss tips and tactics needed to interact using these tools. This session features a big-picture perspective, as well as the individual steps necessary to get started.
Twitter has “Taken Off” http://www.istrategylabs.com/twitters-shifting-demographics-400-growth-in-3-months/
Use a handle similar to your real name.
Upload a picture.
Include your real name, location, bio, webpage, etc.
Once you’re setup Post your updates here (140 character limit). Your friends updates. Your latest post.
Following/Follower numbers. Recent posts mentioning you. Direct messages to you. Posts you’ve marked as favorites. Twitter Search. Trending Topics. People you follow.
Clicking “Follow” makes you a follower!
A tweet that is directed to a single person you follow that all of your followers can see.
Direct Message (DM)
A direct message sent within twitter in private to another person you follow. Other followers cannot Sort of like texting.
* Don’t send Direct Messages to people that you aren't following because they can't respond back to you.
RT or “retweet”
Use RT to share what the people you follow post.
A service that shortens URLs so they take up fewer characters in a tweet.
(Twitter automatically shortens your links to TinyURLs if they’re too long.)
Alternatives to TinyURL becoming popular.
Bit.ly – Shorter, & gives stats.
Is.gd – Very short links.
SnipURL ( snurl.com )– simliar to TinyURL.
Putting a # in front of a word (no space). Can use to search and track.
Fail Whale Sometimes Twitter saturates. Wait 10 seconds or so and it usually goes away!
Some Twittlingo 2
gathering at a local restaurant or watering hole, everyone is invited
tweeps or tweeple
your twitter friends
webinar utilizing twitterspace
a charity event promoted via Twitter
just add “tw ”
A Few Tips 1
Talk first, follow later
Start with friends, expand slowly
Don’t bother going “private”
Post consistently and you’ll get it.
What should you write about? 1
News in your business/industry.
Links to your new blog posts.
What’s going on in your life (with caution).
Try to avoid writing about 1
What you ate for lunch.
Your travel schedule.
“ Figuring out Twitter”
How do you ﬁnd people to follow?
Find People by name on Twitter.
Find people using keywords, location, interests, etc.
Find people on other networks (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, and AOL for now).
Look for common interests using sites like WeFollow.com
Look at your friends’ friends.
For “how to” details see: http://help.twitter.com/forums/10711/entries/14022
Who Should You Follow Back?
That is up to you…. Set your basic criteria and then decide on individual basis.
Twitter & Professional Growth 1
Twitter and Fun Stuff
Spam is just as annoying on Twitter.
Use direct messages with care.
Remember to be respectful and smart.
Twitter is not instant messaging.
Twitter can be... 2
a cost-effective (free) option to accentuate existing messages;
a broadcasting tool to announce relevant information to specific audiences;
and a (brief) conversational tool to appropriately respond to relevant inquiries and follow-up questions or comments.
Two Twitter Types 2
useful if audience knows what they are getting
another way to push information
works best if you have good information to give
could fill a need from specific area or topic
provides a "voice" seen as an authority and source
ROE - return on engagement a way to interact with those interested in topic
Some Twitter Apps
Twitscoop [ http://www.twitscoop.com ]
Tweetdeck [ http://www.tweetdeck.com ]
Twhirl [ http://www.twhirl.org ]
twitpic [ http://twitpic.com ] sharing photos via Twitter, people love photos ( now famous example )
iPhone and iPod touch - Twitterfon http://twitterfon.com/
Twitter In Your Classroom
You can also integrate your Twitter feed, YouTube Videos, etc into your Facebook, Blog, FriendFeed, etc……..
References Used With Permission
The Twitter Tutorial, David Griner, http://www.slideshare.net/Griner
Intro To Twitter, Rosalyn Lemieux, http://www.slideshare.net/rozlemieux
The Nuts and Bolts of Twitter, Richie Escovedo and Terry Morawski, http://www.slideshare.net/rescovedo
Michael T. Qaissaunee
Associate Professor, Engineering and Technology
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Rd
Lincroft, NJ 07738
Co-PI Open Conent
National Center for Information and Communications Technologies