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  • You’re All A-Twitter!
    Presented by Holly Ross (ntenhross) & Rachel Weidinger (rachelannyes)
  • Your Presenters
    Rachel Weidinger
    Holly Ross
  • Hopusekeeping
    Ask questions any time via the chat window
    Twittering today? Use #ntentweetand we’ll track it
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  • Agenda
    What Twitter is
    How it works
    Options for sending and receiving updates
    Twitter Management Options
    Further resources
    Q&A and wrap-up: Tweet you @bridgeconf, #bridge09!
  • What is Twitter?
    Social networking and microblogging tool
    Answer this question: What Are You Doing?
    Your answers create a public timeline
    “Friends” subscribe to that timeline, and vice versa
  • Who Gives a Tweet?
    Building Buzz
    Community Building
    Learning a thing or two
  • Who’s Using Twitter?
    63% Male
    Largest age demographic is 35-to-44-year-olds, or 25.9% of users.
  • Nonprofits on Twitter
    *Over 3 most recent days (not counting weekends)
  • Twit-cabulary
    Tweet: to post an update on Twitter
    Tweep(s): a person or people you know through Twitter
    Followers: the people who subscribe to your updates
    DM: Direct Message – a private message sent through Twitter
    Hashtag: the # sign followed by a word. A way of identify the topics of various tweets.
    @: place the @ symbol before someone’s user name to specify that the message is meant just for them (though it still shows up in your public timeline
  • Ready?
    Set up your account at – just click the big join button!
    Don’t rush into it! Remember that your profile is how new followers will see you:
    Why are you using it?
    Who will use it?
    How will you know you are succeeding?
  • Set?
    Once logged in, type what you’re doing in 140 characters or less
    Click update and voilà! Your update will be broadcast to your followers & the public timeline
  • Follow!
    Use the Find People feature to scan your Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail address book
    Check out the Twitter Nonprofit Pack at
    To find fellow Bridge attendees, check out the list of people the @BridgeConf Twitter account follows.
  • How to Tweet
    Once logged in, type what you’re doing in 140 characters or less
    Click update and voilà! Your update will be broadcast to your followers & the public timeline
    Message someone publicly by putting an @ in front of their name in your update. This is visible on your Twitter page and is posted to the public timeline
    You can also privately message someone via DM (Direct Message) using the link on that person’s profile as seen at the bottom right here:
  • Twitter & Privacy
    If you don’t want your updates to post to the public timeline and you don’t want people to be able to follow you without permission, you can lock your profile
    If your profile is not restricted then your tweets will be visible in Google search results
    If the email address you used to sign up for Twitter is in someone’s address book, they can find you via the “Find” tool (of course this can be a good thing – depends on how low/high a profile you want to keep!)
  • Twit-equette
    Meet People
    Follow to be followed
    Thank followers
    @ people you want to have follow you
    Read blogs of followers, esp. influencers.
    Have Conversations
    It’s not ALL about you
    Give as good as you get
    Don’t Tweet just to hear your self talk
    Converse wisely
    Make it Easy
    # relevant content
    Ask people to Retweet
    Keep retweet content well under 140 characters
    Use the 140 character limit as inspiration to write amazing copy
  • Organizing Your Tweets
    Desktop software makes it much easier to manage the tweets of you and your followers.
  • Your Twitterverse
  • More Twitter Resources
    Beth Kanter’s Twitter Primer -
    We Are Media -
    Twitter Fan Wiki – compendium of resources - 
    CommonCraft’s “Twitter in Plain English” video - – search for tweets on a topic – search for trending hashtags
  • Q&A