Twitter? Since when??• Created by Jack Dorsey in 2006• The goal was to mimic online SMS (short message service)• Using a maximum of 140 characters• In an open-source platform!• First Tweet was sent on March 21, 2006 by Jack
Twitter Home Search for a topic here YouUpdatehere What are the tweepsSuggested you followTweeps saying? What is the worldwide buzz about?
Twitter Improves Your Writing • Forces you to be concise. Write tight! • Forces you to exercise vocabulary • Improve your editing skills
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• There are 2 ways to re-tweet: oRe-tweet something by someone else by putting the letters RT and @ in front of their username before copying their tweet Example: I love this song RT @weam_a: hit me baby one more time oClick the ‘re-tweet’ link to the bottom right of the tweet
What is #FF?• #FF is a hashtag for “Follow Friday” and is a twitter tradition whereby every Friday, tweeps recommend others that are interesting for their followers to check out. It’s a good way to get introduced to other tweeps and to also share your appreciation for the people you follow. Here is an example:Example:#FF @pearlowa because she’s makes awesomescrambled eggs!
What is +1?• Sometimes tweeps retweet something with a +1 (or + whatever digit) before it to show their approval of what is being said.Example:+100 RT @mhijazi Smoking should be banned in allpublic places in #Lebanon!
Twitter Lists• Lists compile similar tweeps together so that you can see a timeline of all their tweets on the same page. You can add multiple tweeps to a list and you will be added to lists too.• Listorious.com
Protected Tweets• If you’re worried about your tweets being exposed publicly, you can opt for privacy (protected tweets) in your settings. That way people need to request to follow you before they can see your profile and tweets.
Trending Topics• Topics that are being most tweeted about at that moment in time.
How many Lebanese are on twitter?• I’m not sure. There are many who live here and many who are abroad. I would estimate at least 5000 active tweeps and maybe a 10-12 thousand if you include the ones who are rarely active. But the community’s growing every day.
Is everyone friendly on twitter?• No, just like in your offline life. Most people are very polite and friendly, but you will bump into a few bullies. Unfollow people who annoy you and if it gets to a point of harassment, you can block them from accessing your profile.
Choose Your Tools• Pick your tools – you can tweet from the web, your phone, or from any number of Twitter apps • TweetDeck http://tweetdeck.com • TwitterFox http://twitterfox.net • Twhirl http://www.twhirl.org • Ping.fm http://ping.fm • Friendfeed http://friendfeed.com