Twitter & Evaluating Websites


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Using Social Media in News
Researching for Online News
Stephanie Willen Brown
for the NCSMA Journalism Teacher Fellowship Program

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  • Talk about what will talk about , how longAsk: who’s tweeting?
  • refer to Red Sweater Blog post Elements of Twitter Style
  • refer to Red Sweater Blog post Elements of Twitter Style
  • Trending Topics – always displaySearch & save searches.Useful for topics, locations, namesShow “save this search”The Knight Digital Media Center (in partnership with the USC Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, the Center for Communication Leadership and Public Policy, and the Online Journalism Review) held a special News Entrepreneur Boot Camp from May 16-21, 2010,
  • this URL is 78 characters long, leaving 62 characters to write about it – too long!
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  • What type and depth of content does the site provide?Check the coverage of the topic you're looking for. Does the site add to the facts, issues, or arguments you're already aware of? Does it provide details not available elsewhere?What other sources does the site refer to, cite, or link to? Look for allusions to other sources or lists of references.Can you verify the accuracy of the site?Look for data, statistics, or other facts that you can check against other sources. Then check them! from
  • Twitter & Evaluating Websites

    1. 1. A Taste ofStephanie Willen BrownJournalism Librarian at UNC Chapel • @JOMCParkLibJune 18, 2012
    2. 2. Twitter Conventions: @ & DM • @JOMCParkLib • is the name / address of the Journalism School Library’s Twitter account • is a public reply to or mention of JOMCParkLib • DM @JOMCParkLib • Direct (private) message that only you & @JOMCParkLib can read
    3. 3. Twitter Conventions: RT• RT @rihanna You “Re-Tweeted” a tweet from Rihanna • It’s like forwarding an email with attribution• Similar to RT: • MT = Modified Tweet (you edited it some) • ST = sponsored tweet $ • PT = promoted tweet $
    4. 4. Twitter Conventions: # • Provide common acronym, term, word(s) for an event or topic • #HappyFathersDay • #ncsmi • For aggregating, grouping tweets • Sometimes cynical • Sometimes ads! • @SnoopDogg: Shout out to my girl @NennaYvonne new tune ‘In The Past’ - it’s off da hook – hit up the vid on TuneDay #getwithit #ad
    5. 5. News & Twitter
    6. 6. Be a Good Twitizen • @Flowtown ( etiquette) • Resist the urge to tweet too much • Watch what you tweet • Don’t get too personal • @HeidiCohen ( • Don’t be negative • Beware of TMI • @TeenDiaries ( • What’s rude in life is rude on Twitter • Keep small conversations private • Remember everyone can hear you
    7. 7. You & Twitter • Personal account: public or private? • Public (anyone can see, forever) • Private (no one sees but people you approve) • Professional account • Should be public • Privacy Note: • There is no privacy with public Twitter accounts. • Public tweets will be in the Twitterverse forever • Your tweets will be findable by teachers, employers, college admissions, etc.
    8. 8. Shortening URLs Many Twitter applications will shorten URLs for you: Tweetie 
    9. 9. HootSuite • Schedule tweets in advance • Send from multiple accounts • Including Facebook
    10. 10. Twitter Applications• Tweetie • TweetDeck
    11. 11. Finding Followers: Who • Who do you want to follow you? • Students? • Business? • Other academic units? • Search Twitter for potential followers • Lists • “Friends of friends”
    12. 12. Sites to Evaluate•• Feline Reactions to Bearded Men
    13. 13. Authority of the Site • Who is the author? • Are the author’s credentials or professional affiliation given? • Is there contact information for the author or maintainer?
    14. 14. Credibility: Is the Site… • A news media or newspaper site? • A blog or a wiki? • An advocacy site? • Trying to sell you something?
    15. 15. Purpose of the Site • What is the purpose of the site? • Inform • Persuade • Present opinions • Report research • Sell a product • What is the audience? • Is the item popular or scholarly?
    16. 16. Quality of Information • Are there spelling and/or grammatical errors? • Is the information accurate? • How can you tell? • Does the information contradict other material? • Does the site quote its sources? • Is the information current? • How can you tell?