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Twitter 2.0

Twitter 2.0



A more advanced How-to with Twitter including using Twitter's advanced search, verifying sources and more.

A more advanced How-to with Twitter including using Twitter's advanced search, verifying sources and more.



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    • Twitter 2.0: Now what?
    • Searching Twitter
      • Searching for something on Twitter can be like searching for a needle in a haystack.
      • How do we get specific? Go to search.twitter.com and click on advanced search
      • Gives you the opportunity to search via keyword and location
      • Helps filter out the noise
    • Applications
      • Echofon (iPhone, Firefox plug in, iPad, Mac, PC)
      • Tweetdeck (desktop, iPhone, Android, Chrome)
      • Hootsuite (Web-based, iPhone, Android, iPad)
      • UberSocial (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry)
      • Official Twitter app (iPhone, BB, Android)
    • Can I just take that picture someone tweeted?
      • Easy answer is no
      • You should always verify the photo’s contents before taking it and using it for news purposes
      • Also respect others’ copyright: @reply or DM identifying who you are, who you represent and that you’d like to use the photo
      • Always ask for who the proper credit should go to
    • Verifying tweets
      • Just because someone tweets it doesn’t make it so
      • For example, Gadhafi was killed on Twitter months before he actually was (and many times over)
      • Tweets, and their corresponding Twitter accounts, should be verified as you would any other source
    • Verifying tweets
      • Things to keep in mind when trying to verify a tweet:
      • Who tweeted it?
      • How old is their account?
      • How often do they tweet?
      • Are others tweeting the same info (not RTs)?
      • Reach out and ask to contact the user offline
      • If in doubt, leave it out
    • Live tweeting
      • If you’re going to live-tweet something, be sure to warn your followers ahead of time
      • Remember, you only have 140 characters, so make every tweet count
      • Provide colour, background, quotes, don’t just give a play by play
      • Change it up: Take pictures and tweet those to add more variety to your stream
    • Do I delete the tweet?
      • Twitter is an immediate medium. Because it’s not just on the web, there is no way to completely delete your tweet
      • If you make a mistake, acknowledge it in a follow up tweet, and to those who tell you you’re wrong
      • Be transparent, don’t try to hide it: Because people can RT your tweet, it’s recommended you do not delete to “cover” your tracks
    • Using lists
      • You can create or follow other people’s lists
      • Lists allow you to group or organizers accounts
      • You don’t have to follow the accounts to put them on a list
      • Lists can be a great way to follow accounts (such as politicians) so it doesn’t look like you favour one candidate over another
    • Is there anything I can’t tweet?
      • Make sure you follow the Star’s social media policy
      • Don’t tweet anything partisan that could undermine your credibility or the credibility of the paper
      • Tweet about your personal life with caution, remember your tweets are public
      • If you have questions, ask your supervisor
    • Any questions?