Rick Barron: Twitter Getting StartedPresentation Transcript
Twitter: Some Factoids
Who: Jack Dorsey
Why: Mimic SMS
When: First tweet sent 3/21/06
Twitter was ﬁrst
known as ‘Twtta’
Twitter: the ‘what’ stuff
What can you do with Twitter?"
- Post/receive messages to contacts via your network
- Set up impromptu gatherings
- Carry a group conversation
- Quick questions/quick answers
- Keep up with the news
- Start a cause
ENTER FULL NAME
MAKE IT A UNIQUE NAME
AT LEAST 6 CHARACTERS
TO CONFIRM YOUR SIGNUP
THE LEGAL STUFF
LET HER FLY
TWITTER: JOINING THE CONVERSATION
IF ALREADY A MEMBER, SIGN IN HERE
IF NEW, SIGN UP HERE
ENTER TOPICS OF INTEREST
POPULAR TOPICS RIGHT NOW
POPULAR TOPICS TODAY
POPULAR TOPICS THIS WEEK
YOU KNOW THE DRILL
TWITTER: THE LANDSCAPE
What are Tweets?"
To cut to the chase, a Tweet is a message sent on Twitter.
Quick and to the point"
With a maximum of 140 characters [including spacing],
messages are short and sweet.
Twitter is thought of by some as ‘micro-blogging’...very
AS YOU TYPE THIS NUMBER GOES FROM 140 TO 0
WHEN DONE TYPING SELECT THIS BUTTON
TIP: LEAVE SOME SPACE IN YOUR POSTING, SO THAT PEOPLE CAN RT [RETWEET] YOUR POSTINGS, SAY APPROXIMATELY 15-20 CHARACTERS
TWITTER: 140 CHARACTER LIMIT
GET TO THE POINT
Tips on trimming messages"
- Use a plus sign [+] instead of ‘and’ (the ampersand [&] adds extra hidden characters).
- Leave out periods and other punctuation, especially at the end of a sentence.
- Use common and not-so-common abbreviations where the meaning is clear.
- Use numerals instead of writing out the numbers.
TWITTER TIP Need help shrinking your prose to 140 characters, try 140it,which uses
common cutting conventions to trim down your posts.
140it url: http://140it.com/
The Cloudberry Twitter plug-in [Firefox & IE] allows
you to post excerpts from the webpage you’re on,
with a click of the button and attach a short url to
the source page.
2-CLOUDBERRY SCREEN APPEARS
1-SELECT THE BLUE BIRD
3-DEFAULT TEXT APPEARS BUT YOU CAN EDIT
4-SELECT TO ADD SHORTEN LINK
5-SELECT TO TWEET
YOU’LL BE ASKED TO ENTER YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT INFORMATION
Twitter: stuff to know
There’s an app for that"
Books on Twitter"
When you ‘follow‘ someone on Twitter, it means you’re
getting updates from their account in your personal timeline.
SELECT TO FOLLOW
WHEN YOU FIND SOMEONE TO FOLLOW
# OF PEOPLE YOU’RE FOLLOWING
# OF PEOPLE FOLLOWING YOU
WHEN YOU FIND SOMONE TO FOLLOW, AND SOMEONE TO FOLLOW YOU
You can organize your account into groups, or in this case
Public List The term speaks for itself. Public lists that anyone can see, in addition that
the public can following them.
Private List A Private can only be viewed by its creator. Additionally, those on such a list
can’t see a private list.
TO CREATE A LIST, SELECT “NEW LIST” LOCATED ON THE TWITTER SIDEBAR
SELECTING THE “NEW LIST” LINK WILL POP UP THIS BOX
CURRENT LIMITS: ONLY 20 LISTS PER ACCOUNT, AND LIST NAMES CANNOT BEGIN WITH A NUMERICAL NUMBER
TWITTER: LISTS-PUBLIC OR PRIVATE
METHOD TO ORGANIZE USERS YOU FOLLOW
LISTS FOLLOWING YOU: THE FIRST TAB REFLECTS LISTS YOU FOLLOW: THE SECOND TAB SHOWS THE
LISTS THAT CURRENTLY LIST YOU AS A MEMBER
NUMBER OF SUBSCRIBERS TO THAT PARTICULAR LIST
Allows you to display tweets containing a particular
word. For example: #golfcarts, #trafﬁc, and
This enables tweets on a speciﬁc subject to be found
by simply searching for their common hashtag,
provided that the user has tagged his or her tweet.
STEPS TO FOLLOW, BLOCK, ETC.
Speaking in Twitter"
A short glossary follows
DM Stands for direct message. Twitter is all about saying everything in the public timeline,
but there are occasions when you want to send someone a private message.
Fail Whale The Fail Whale is an image of a whale held up by birds and nets, that appears
on the Twitter site when Twitter has been overloaded or failed.
Follow On various social media and networking sites, you “friend” someone to connect
with them. On Twitter, you “follow” someone. Those who follow you are “followers.”
FollowFriday (FF, or #followfriday) On FollowFriday os used by Twitterers to
call attention to their favorite followers. When you tweet a FF, you’re recommending that your
followers also check the ones you mention in your post. When you Tweet a FollowFriday
recommendation, you include #followfriday in your message.
#Hashtag A method of tagging an individual tweet via a hash in front of the tag. "
Example: Putting #globaltemps in a tweet about global warming. Hastags allow the community to
easily stream a particular subject. Hashtags are very popular during conferences and seminars.
Microblog Twittering is often referred to as a microblog because it allows people to update
status using only 140 characters.
Retweet (RT) This means a tweet that is repeated. Sometimes used to show the original
Tweet(ing) Sending a message via Twitter.
Tweets Posts on Twitter by twitterers.
Tweeps Twitter people that follow each other from one social media/network to another.
Feedmyapp 30 Web 2.0 Twitter stats apps.
#Hashtags How to get the most out of Twitter #hashtags.
Lists How to use Twitter lists.
One Forty Dubbed as the unofﬁcial app store for Twitter. Currently tracking 1900+ apps."
Twitdom Tracks 1300+ apps and categorizes them into 4 categories: Tools, Mobile, Clients and
Twitoauth Showcases apps that use the Twitter Oauth authentication mechanism."
Twitter 101 Best practices when using Twitter."
Some Twitter Etiquette"
Interactive social media Meaning it’s not about you. Actively interact with other
Twitters. Not doing this will give cause for people to not follow you.
Manners There’s a large audience out there. Thus, some topics are best not discussed. Know
Don’t spam! Don’t promote a product or service to promote. It’s enough tv bombards us with
commercials, so don’t do it on Twitter.
Be civil Don’t start an argument. Twitter is not the venue for ﬁghting.
Follow up If someone takes the time to look you up or follow your Tweets, they’re showing an
interest in you. Be kind and return the favor.
Share Exchange information and show you have value to offer. Remember, Twitter is an
interactive social media platform, thus talking with your fellow Tweeters is key.