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Twitter for Libraries (Handheld Librarian 7/09)
Twitter for Libraries (Handheld Librarian 7/09)
Twitter for Libraries (Handheld Librarian 7/09)
Twitter for Libraries (Handheld Librarian 7/09)
Twitter for Libraries (Handheld Librarian 7/09)
Twitter for Libraries (Handheld Librarian 7/09)
Twitter for Libraries (Handheld Librarian 7/09)
Twitter for Libraries (Handheld Librarian 7/09)
Twitter for Libraries (Handheld Librarian 7/09)
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Twitter for Libraries (Handheld Librarian 7/09)

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  1. Welcome to the Twitterverse: Valerie Forrestal, Stevens Institute of Technology Handheld Librarian - July 2009 Getting started and making the most of your library’s Twitter presence Pic: Bjarne P Tveskov
  2. The Basics <ul><li>http://delicious.com/vforrestal/WhatisTwitter? </li></ul><ul><li>The ultimate guide to everything Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>@replies </li></ul><ul><li>@mentions </li></ul><ul><li># hashtags </li></ul><ul><li>URL shorteners (bit.ly, TinyURL, icanhaz.com, is.gd, tr.im) </li></ul>
  3. Why Tweet? <ul><li>http://delicious.com/vforrestal/WhyTweet ? </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not just about pushing </li></ul><ul><li>information, it’s about: </li></ul><ul><li>Conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Fostering community/advocacy </li></ul>
  4. Step 1: Strategy! <ul><li>Start with a plan. </li></ul><ul><li>What will be the purpose of your </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter presence? </li></ul><ul><li>Community-based information? </li></ul><ul><li>Market-based info? </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction with users? </li></ul><ul><li>Pick your screen name and </li></ul><ul><li>icon/photo carefully. </li></ul>
  5. Step 2: Following <ul><li>Make sure you have a bio, and post a little first, so users know what you’re all about. </li></ul><ul><li>Then try searching: </li></ul><ul><li>Directories like Twellow, WeFollow, Twibes </li></ul><ul><li>Compiled lists ( http://delicious.com/vforrestal/Tweeple ) </li></ul><ul><li>Other users- if you like them, </li></ul><ul><li>you will probably like the </li></ul><ul><li>people they follow </li></ul><ul><li>Conversations- Who are the </li></ul><ul><li>people you like talking to? </li></ul>
  6. Step 3: Tools <ul><li>http://delicious.com/vforrestal/TwitterTools </li></ul><ul><li>Tweetdeck/Seesmic/Twhirl (desktop clients) </li></ul><ul><li>Twitterfox (Firefox add-on) </li></ul><ul><li>Troy’s Twitter script (GreaseMonkey </li></ul><ul><li>script for FF) </li></ul><ul><li>Digsby (integrates chat/facebook/LinkedIn/MySpace) </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet Sync (updates facebook </li></ul><ul><li>status w/Twitter feed) </li></ul>
  7. Tips <ul><li>http://delicious.com/vforrestal/TwitterTips </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter is a network, so don’t follow people you’re not willing to have a conversation with </li></ul><ul><li>Create an rss feed to monitor who is talking about you/your org. (you can also set this to email you if you don’t use a feed-reader) </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid to respond to people/start conversations. Just jump in! </li></ul><ul><li>Use hashtags whenever you can to expand conversations beyond your network </li></ul><ul><li>Track who’s clicking your links by creating a </li></ul><ul><li>bit.ly or icanhaz account </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t just push your own agenda, act as an </li></ul><ul><li>amplifier for voices in your community </li></ul><ul><li>Publish your feed on your homepage and/or </li></ul><ul><li>blog to reach those not using the service </li></ul><ul><li>(realize that many people still don’t have an </li></ul><ul><li>account, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use </li></ul><ul><li>it to get info out to them!) </li></ul>
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  9. Resources/further reading <ul><li>http://delicious.com/vforrestal/Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>http://mashable.com/tag/twitter/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://icanhaz.com/TwitterGuide </li></ul><ul><li>http://icanhaz.com/Twitter4Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>http://icanhaz.com/SocialMediaSnobbery (shameless self-promotion!) </li></ul><ul><li>Feel free to say hello on Twitter! (val_forrestal or scwLibrary) </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation available @ http://www.slideshare.net/val_forrestal </li></ul><ul><li>My website/contact info: http://vforrestal.info </li></ul>
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