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Twitter:
an
introduction
                                                         Bill
Helman
                            ...
•   A
really
short
history
•   What
is
it,
really?
•   Getting
started
•   Basic
jargon
•   Searching
and
following
•   So...
Twitter
a
really
very
short
history.

              • Started
in
March
of
2006
              • An
easy
way
to
share
      ...
Phenomenal
growth

           “Active users have increased 900 percent
           in the last year”
                      ...
Ok,
but
what
is
it?

“It’s
a
blog!
No,
it’s
a
microblog!
No,
wait,
it’s
a
cocktail
   party!
No,
it’s
something
for
you
to...
What
is
this
“microblogging”?

 “The
content
of
a
microblog
differs
from
a
 traditional
blog
in
that
it
is
typically
small...
(The
world’s
shortest
instruction
manual)
Things
to
consider…
          • Professional
or
personal?
                 – Mix
them
carefully
                 – The
tro...
Ok,
now
let’s
get
started!

      • Choosing
a
screen
        name
      • Real
people
have
        bios/profiles
      • ...
Basic
Jargon
                                                      Or,
how
not
to
look
like
a
n00b




                   ...
Finding
someone
to
follow

         •     We
Follow
         •     Libraries
on
Twitter
         •     The
old
fashioned
w...
Real
time
search

“Authority
changes
slowly
on
the
“old”
Web.
  But
real‐time
search
engines
deliver
different,
  updated
...
Keeping
track
of
it
all:
desktop
clients
URL’s:
really
short
        • Why
are
short
URL’s
a
big
thing?
        • Popular
services
                – tinyurl
      ...
¿Questions?
Bill
Helman
                 @thinkpol


http://delicious.com/hobnail/twitter
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Part of a workshop I lead at Simmons College, this presentation served as a basic introduction to the social media service Twitter for librarians. Includes: a short history of Twitter, Best Practices for private and professional accounts, as well as an introduction to some of the third party services that support it. Session concluded with hands on time with the service, and account creation.

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  1. 1. Twitter:
an
introduction Bill
Helman @thinkpol Keiyac:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/keiya/3255575238/
  2. 2. • A
really
short
history • What
is
it,
really? • Getting
started • Basic
jargon • Searching
and
following • Some
third
party
applications
  3. 3. Twitter
a
really
very
short
history. • Started
in
March
of
2006 • An
easy
way
to
share updates • Jack
Dorsey,
Biz
Stone and
Evan
Williams • SXSW07
(a
tipping
point) jack
dorsey:
www.flickr.com/photos/jackdorsey/182613360/
  4. 4. Phenomenal
growth “Active users have increased 900 percent in the last year” –Biz Stone • Twitter
Raises
$35
Million • …but
still
no
revenue stream cambodia4kidsorg: flickr.com/photos/cambodia4kidsorg/2659954245/
  5. 5. Ok,
but
what
is
it? “It’s
a
blog!
No,
it’s
a
microblog!
No,
wait,
it’s
a
cocktail party!
No,
it’s
something
for
you
to
be
witty
or interesting
on
so
you
gain
followers!
Wait,
no,
it’s
the light
infantry!
But
not
for
conferences!
And
not
for mundane
crap!” ‐Andy
W.,
of
Agnostic,
Maybe
  6. 6. What
is
this
“microblogging”? “The
content
of
a
microblog
differs
from
a traditional
blog
in
that
it
is
typically
smaller
in actual
size
and
aggregate
file
size.
A
single
entry could
consist
of
a
single
sentence
or
fragment
or
an image
or
a
brief,
ten
second
video.” ‐Wikipedia
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microblogging)
  7. 7. (The
world’s
shortest
instruction
manual)
  8. 8. Things
to
consider… • Professional
or
personal? – Mix
them
carefully – The
troubles
of
a
FedEx
exec • Does
your
library
need
a social
network
policy? @cdharrison: flickr.com/photos/84018923@N00/2509609034/
  9. 9. Ok,
now
let’s
get
started! • Choosing
a
screen name • Real
people
have bios/profiles • Private
or
Public updates? noii's: flickr.com/photos/17306001@N00/1337101391
  10. 10. Basic
Jargon Or,
how
not
to
look
like
a
n00b • Tweeting
v.
Twiteering? • RT
and
(via) • What
is
this
@? • #hashtag • Fail
Whale Abraham
Estrada:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/abe_estrada/3930499380/
  11. 11. Finding
someone
to
follow • We
Follow • Libraries
on
Twitter • The
old
fashioned
way • Some
people
&
resources – @LISNews – @jessamyn – @simmonsgslis – @libraryfuture Szlea:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawnzlea/2384656420/
  12. 12. Real
time
search 
“Authority
changes
slowly
on
the
“old”
Web. But
real‐time
search
engines
deliver
different, updated
results
almost
every
time.” ‐Clive
Thompson,
Wired
Magazine “[R]eal
people
through
social
media
can
help you
find
what
you’re
looking
for
when
[search] engines
fail. ‐Carla
Borsoi,
SES
San
Jose,
2009
  13. 13. Keeping
track
of
it
all:
desktop
clients
  14. 14. URL’s:
really
short • Why
are
short
URL’s
a
big
thing? • Popular
services – tinyurl – isgd • Things
to
consider Nutloaf:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nutloaf/1501407755/
  15. 15. ¿Questions?
  16. 16. Bill
Helman @thinkpol http://delicious.com/hobnail/twitter More than 60 Twitter related articles and resources
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