Twitter, Tweets, Twit, oh my: A beginning course on Twitter
Introductions My name is Angela Brandt I live right here in Spring Lake Park. I am enrolled in Graduate School for Human Resource Development, and I specialize in Online Learning.
Introduce Yourself What is your name? Why Twitter?
Outline of this Course What is Twitter Getting setup on Twitter (if you’re not already) Follow / Be Followed Twitter Lists Updating your twitter Sending Direct Messages through Twitter @replies (public) on Twitter RT Retweeting URL Shortning, www.tinyurl.com Using #hashtags Twitter Etiquette
What is Twitter?
Important Terminology Follow: Subscribing to one’s status updates Follower: Someone who is subscribed to your status updates. Lists: A way to organize the people that you subscribe to in a more coherent fashion. ReTweet: Sharing the tweet of one user with all your Twitter followers. Hashtag: Used when people are talking about the same event, so that you can see what others are saying about what you are talking about. For example: #minnesota Tweet: A message that is 140 characters or less; you are “tweeting” when you are updating your Twitter account. @ : directly referring to a Twitter user in your Tweet. Reply: or publicly replying to someone in your tweet. For example: @angelambrandt Direct Message: When you respond to someone privately on Twitter.
Who came up with Twitter? Jack Dorsey, CEO of Odeo, the podcasting service, came up with the idea of Twitter to pull the company out of a creative slump. Based on the idea of chatting through SMS text messages, only doing it online.
How Twitter became amazing Twitter originally began as a “status update” service – I had macaroni and cheese for lunch, I’m going to work, etc. Now, Twitter has become a sharing service – interesting articles, information about events, and thoughtful postings about world events. Twitter has been used in presidential elections (Barack used it in the 2008 elections @BARACKOBAMA. Twitter has even been used in operating rooms, giving step by step instructions to medical students.
And since then….
Who is Tweeting?
What am I going to use Twitter for? “Live-Tweeting” events – play by play updates on what is going on around you. Promoting something – your business, your blog, etc. Networking for jobs Getting your questions answered Meeting new friends
How to sign up with Twitterand Finding People to Follow
Let’s Sign Up For Twitter!
Who should you follow? News People you know Celebrities People who share your hobbies School Districts Cities Brands (coupons?) People that are following you (if you are interested) Bots that help you do something useful
Examples of People to Follow
Now that we have people, let’s make a list…
Re – Tweeting (RT) Re-Tweeting is requoting someone else’s Tweet. Commonly referred to as RT’s. Don’t spam the world with RT’s, however. RT’s are useful when adding your own commentary to them. For example: @angelambrandt Tweets: The vikings are the purple gods! Your retweet: @(username) RT: The vikings are the purple gods! Yes they are!
URL Shortening Since Twitter is only 140 characters, it is nearly always a good idea to shorten links that you post on Twitter. If you post a Tweet on Twitter.com, you will have to shorten the URL manually. Some other services will shorten the URL automatically (TweetDeck, Ping.fm, etc.) The most popular website to shorten URL’s is http://www.tinyurl.com. Let’s practice this. Let’s take the urlhttp://www.springlakeparkschools.org/departments/communityeducation.asp and shorten it.
Using #hashtags Using #hashtags allows you to be tracked by other users who are talking about the same things. Not sure if your #hashtag is being used already? Look it up at http://www.hashtags.org. Let’s play with #hashtags!
Direct Messaging Direct messaging allows for you to send a message to someone, so that not everyone reads it. Kind of like an email service! To send a direct message, you click on “Direct messages” on the right hand side. From there, you will see a drop down menu with a text box. Choose who you would like to send a direct message to, and type a message. Let’s send a direct message!
Ways to Update Twitter
Ping.fm Ping.fm is a great way to post to multiple services (including Twitter). You won’t want to update your status individually to multiple places, if you have them. For example, let’s say you want to update your Facebook status and Tweet that same thing. Ping.fm will allow you do that.
Twitter Etiquette It’s helpful to be transparent about your work/employer in your profile, if your use of Twitter has any implications for your day job. It’s okay to follow people you don’t know on Twitter. They can choose whether or not to follow you back. It’s also ok to unfollow people on Twitter. Tim O’Reilly suggests that @replies have lots of detail in them, so that others picking up the conversation can understand the response (example: turn “yes” into “Yes, I really love the new G.I. Joe movie.”)
Twitter Etiquette (cont..) Don’t ever Tweet personal information. At the same time, be personal – but to a point. Don’t spam people – even by saying “thanks for following me” can be misconstrued as spam. Use Twitter for communicating meaningfully.