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This is a hands-on Intro to Twitter session I recently taught at our local library (05/09). Remember that it's introductory! As with most of my presentations, the meat of the content is what I said, ...

This is a hands-on Intro to Twitter session I recently taught at our local library (05/09). Remember that it's introductory! As with most of my presentations, the meat of the content is what I said, not what's on the slides. :-)

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  • Simplify: 140 Characters or Less Introduction to Twitter Michelle Lentz Write Technology & Wine-Girl.net http://www.write-tech.com http://www.wine-girl.net Twitter: @writetechnology Email: [email_address] Erlanger Library, May 18, 2009
  • What is Microblogging?
  • Twitter in Plain English http://www.commoncraft.com
  • More Than the Question Facilitates, Amplifies Conversation From flickr user Paul Likes Pics
  • Why? From flickr user artolog
  • Why? I can opt to spend ten to thirty minutes responding to someone via a blog post or I can take ten to thirty seconds posting a response via Twitter. Nick O’Neill in the Social Times http://www.socialtimes.com/2007/12/twitter-fills-a-communication-void/
  • Flattening the Org Chart
  • Think of Twitter as a Party or a Café From flickr user sml!
  • What Twitter has given me From flickr user annette pedrosian
  • Community
  • Twitter Stats: Who?
  • Twitter Stats: Who? From Ignite Social Media Agency, 11/08
  • Twitter Stats: Where? From Ignite Social Media Agency, 11/08
  • Twitter Stats: Amazing Growth
  • Questions? From flickr user Alexander Drachmann
  • Exercise #1: Join From flickr user normanack
  • Sign Up for a Twitter Account http://www.twitter.com
  • Step 1: User Name / Password
  • Step 2: Import = Skip
  • Step 3: General Settings
  • Tip: Protecting Your Updates
  • Step 4: Going Mobile
  • Step 5: Notifications, Photo, Design
  • Profile: What Everyone Can See
  • Home: What Only You Can See
  • Built-in Tricks http://twitter.com/help/lingo
  • Built-in Tricks: Retweets Retweet, RT, R/T
  • Questions From flickr user Leo Reynolds
  • Exercise #2: Follow others From flickr user Brian Auer
  • Follow vs Friend: You don’t have to follow back. I follow @oprah. @oprah does not follow me . Follow I follow @Starbucks. @Starbucks follows me. Friend Direct Messages (D)
  • Find someone you like. Follow the same people.
  • Find a topic you like. Follow people who tweet about it.
  • Twitter People Search
  • Twellow “Expert” Search Twellow.com
  • Questions From flickr user atomicity
  • Power in Third Party Applications Twitter Tools for Communication & Community Professionals http://www.briansolis.com/2008/10/twitter-tools-for-community-and.html Twitter Fan Wiki: http://twitter.pbwiki.com From flickr user Action Datsun
  • Twitter on Your Desktop
  • Twitter on the Go
  • Exercise #3: Start Tweeting (if you haven’t already) From flickr user Norma Desmond
  • How Others Use Twitter http://www.twittories.com
  • How Others Use Twitter http://www.twittearth.com
  • How Others Use Twitter http://www.strawpollnow.com
  • Twitter for Business: Proactive Customer Service & Reputation Mgmt @comcastcares @wholefoods
  • Twitter for Business: Proactive Customer Service & Reputation Mgmt @SouthwestAir
  • Education http://www.twitter.com/lib101 http://www.twitter.com/libr240
  • Connecting with Experts
  • Question and Answer
  • Community, Connectedness http://search.twitter.com/search?q=I+%3C3+Twitter+b%2Fc http://bub.blicio.us/introducing-the-i/
  • Questions From flickr user kortini
  • Microblogging Weaknesses
  • TMI
  • Twitter is Searchable, Indexed Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work. — Conner Riley, via Twitter 3/17/09 Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web. — Tim Levad of Cisco
  • Patience
  • Five Stages of Twitter Acceptance Courtesy @rohitbhargava
  • How to Effectively Use Twitter
    • Join
    • Follow others.
    • Join the conversation – don’t just lurk.
    Twitter must be experienced to be completely understood .
  • Questions From flickr user Oberazzi
  • Follow me on Twitter: @writetechnology