Blogging tweeting - Getting started with blogger and twitter


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Blogging & tweeting how tos part of 10week series of social media training for library staff by robin fay, & amy watts.

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Blogging tweeting - Getting started with blogger and twitter

  1. 2. What You Will Know When You Leave Here Today <ul><li>About blogging:   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why a blog?     </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to post to the UGA Libraries News & Events Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What services exist online for creating your own blog </li></ul></ul><ul><li>About tweeting: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter lingo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to tweet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to keep up with others' Twitter activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What services exist to make managing Twitter more organized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What you can do with Twitter and your mobile phone  </li></ul></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><ul><li>140 characters per tweet (microblogging) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users have followers and follow other users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-tweeting allows you to repeat what other users have already tweeted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works from web browser or with text messaging and your mobile phone. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. Setting Up Your Twitter Account <ul><ul><li>Go to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on &quot;Sign Up&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On sign-up page, decide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If you want to be findable by your email address </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Before clicking &quot;Create Account&quot; decide if you want to receive the Twitter newsletter.  If not, uncheck the box below the &quot;Create Account&quot; button. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note that it may take a few tries to find a username that's not already been taken. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Adjusting the Settings on Your Account <ul><li>Account     -time zone, location,  </li></ul><ul><li>      PRIVACY </li></ul><ul><li>Notices     -when you'll be notified      by email for what </li></ul><ul><li>Profile </li></ul><ul><li>     -Tell the world a little      about yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Design </li></ul><ul><li>     - Make it pretty!       Make it personal! </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile </li></ul><ul><li>     - Configuring your twitter       account for your mobile  </li></ul><ul><li>       phone. Any phone that       can send and receive text       messages will work. </li></ul>
  5. 6. More Twitter Lingo <ul><ul><li>What's a hashtag? # </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What does it mean to use &quot;@&quot;? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are direct messages (DMs)? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Twittering <ul><li>Finding followers: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Find People&quot; tab </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search by name or email </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search using your address book in an email account. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Browse suggestions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Look around on websites of companies or people and see if they're already on Twitter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Making lists </li></ul><ul><li>If you follow a lot of people, you might find lists a good way of keeping things manageable. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Ways to Manage Twitter <ul><li>Web-Based Clients </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brizzly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Echofon (formerly Twitterfox) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seesmic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For Fun: Twitterfall </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop Clients </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TweetDeck </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digsby </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mixero </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Blogging <ul><li>We've talked about twitter which is often called microblogging.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>However, for a more robust web experience, you can make a blog. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging is a flexible form of web publishing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging platforms can be fee based or free, or a combination (add-ons are at cost).  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3rd party blog sites are usually paid for by advertisements but are free to use (login needed). The Libraries Blog (News & Events) is hosted on our server and uses an opensource software, called Wordpress. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  9. 10. Blogger breakdown <ul><ul><li>Blog: is to post (create content). Tweet is the same action in twitter. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter has a character limit, most blogs do not </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs are typically arranged chronologically, but sometimes by category, too. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs are usually archived and archives are searchable; twitter archiving is more limited (although the Library of Congress is now archiving tweets). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gadgets are pieces of script which allow you to add in features (such as a rotating slideshow from flickr). Blogger has many drag and drop widgets.  </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses of blogging include tracking projects and resources, communication tools (committee members post and comment), networking, PR/marketing, education, sharing of information, and more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What would you like to see in the Libraries' blog? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you have a google or gmail account, you have a blogger account (surprise!) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Blogging at the UGA Libraries <ul><li>News & Events blog ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>What we do with it: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Publicize events and resources.  Make announcements. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A script pulls headlines onto the home page for prominent positioning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach subscribers through RSS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create an archive of searchable information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Push content onto departmental web pages, using categories and RSS feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An example of pulling in content by category using a RSS: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Posting to the Libraries' Blog <ul><ul><li>How to log in Use your name and password </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating a new post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Formatting your post </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Text formatting </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adding images </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Selecting categories </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Saving as draft </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Publishing, setting to publish at later time/date </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Editing a draft </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Editing an already published post </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Logging into Blogger <ul><li>Now we are going to create a blog for your own personal use. </li></ul><ul><li>Method 1: To get to blogger </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on &quot;Sign In&quot; (top right) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Type in your google account name & password </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Now click on the moreV dropdown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click on even More </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click on blogger </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Method 2: Go to </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Login using your google account name & password                            </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Let's blog <ul><ul><li>I'll take you through the steps of creating a blog, but we will not spend alot of time working with blogger. You can go back and work on blogger at any time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick a template </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add a gadget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add an &quot;about page&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write a post  </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Amy: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Robin </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Follow-Up Work <ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a post in the UGA Libraries News & Events blog.  Save the post as a draft, do not actually publish it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email Amy ( with the title of your post, indicating if it's ok to publish the post at some future point. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tweeting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete your user profile. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow these two accounts: ugalibsref and liblinks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tweet your first tweet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RT a tweet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send a DM to ugalibsref </li></ul></ul>