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Twitter

  1. 1. Tweets are no longer just for the birds.<br /> Pam Kemp – IT 780<br />
  2. 2. If a twitter message is a tweet, what is a twit?<br />
  3. 3. That’s why the messages are called Tweets and not Twits! <br />
  4. 4. What is Twitter? <br />A Web application that allows micro-blogging<br />Messages are called Tweets<br />Maximum = 140 characters<br />130 characters better for quick resend<br />
  5. 5. http://http://twitter.com<br />The account is free<br />Messages can be received and sent from computer and smart phone—or both.<br /> You’re in charge, and you get to decide<br />How it works:<br />
  6. 6. Twitter Home Page<br />Sign Up<br />
  7. 7. What is Twitter?http://twitter.com/pkkemp <br />
  8. 8. Caught on with older, non-traditional users first. (This may not be a bad way to attract more reticent users to try Web 2.0 tools.)<br />Journalists-rapid sharing of news as story unfolds<br />Celebs, athletes, and politicians.<br />Regular people like me.<br /> In short, anyone who wishes to have direct and unfiltered access to an audience.<br />Who uses Twitter?<br />
  9. 9. Who is Tweeting?<br /> 19% of all online adults<br /> Men 17%<br /> Women 21%<br />18-29 years old 33%<br />30-49 years old 22%<br />50-64 years old 9%<br />65 Plus 4%<br />2009 Pew Report: Twitter and Status Updating<br />
  10. 10. BLOG<br />As much text as the writer desires<br />More bulky—less portable<br />Less interactive than Twitter<br />Brief—only 140 characters<br />Can be quickly read while user is on the go.<br />Rapidly interactive<br />Traditional Blog vs. Twitter<br />TWITTER<br />
  11. 11. The literature is mixed<br />From: Faculty Focus Special Report – Sept 2009, A Magna Publication<br />n = 1958<br />30% faculty and staff use Twitter<br />Is there a place in Education for Twitter?<br />
  12. 12. Some ‘brave’ professors have students tweet questions during lectures. (Fully aware that back-channel conversations are also occuring)<br />Community-building<br />Short Tweets to stimulate discussion<br />Communication<br />Emergency Notifications<br />Twitter in Education<br />
  13. 13. It is fun<br />It is easy<br />It is free<br />AND, are students are using Twitter<br />Why should I use Twitter?<br />

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