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Twitter: A Hands-On Learning Session for Researcher


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Twitter: A Hands-On Learning Session for Researcher

  1. 1. Twitter: A Hands onLearning Session forResearchersKMb/IRLT Learning SessionFebruary 7, 2012
  2. 2. Agenda1. Introduction to social media and twitter2. Decoding common twitter lingo3. Your account and profile4. Tools to make tweeting easier5. Archiving and analytics6. Using twitter for research7. Security risks, cautions and limitations8. Tips and work plan to get started9. Additional resources10.Q and A 2
  3. 3. 1- Social Media- Some Definitions• “A group of Internet based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content”• “Includes web-based and mobile technologies used to turn communication into interactive dialogue”• “Online communications in which individuals shift fluidly and flexibly between the role of audience and author. To do this, they use social software that enables anyone without knowledge of coding, to post, comment on, share or mash up content and to form communities around shared interests.”Kaplan, A. M., & Haenlein, M. (2010).Users of the world, unite! The challenges and opportunities of social media. BusinessHorizons,53(1), 59-68Social media. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved January 10, 2012, from, J. (2008, April 8). What is “social media?”. Retrieved January 10, 2012 from ProPR blog 3
  4. 4. 1- Social Media: Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0 difference/ 4
  5. 5. 1- Social Media: 5 Cs of Social Media Adapted from 5
  6. 6. 1- Twitter• An online social networking service and microblogging service• Allows users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets“• Users follow other users to read their tweets• Launched in 2006 by Jack Dorsey• As of 2011, twitter has over 300 million users, generating over 300 million tweets and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per dayFrom Wikipedia Accessed on February 6, 2012 6
  7. 7. 2- Decoding some common twitter lingo• Tweets- 140 character messages or posts• @ symbol- Denotes a twitter username or “handle”, for example @KMbYork• DM= Direct message- A private message between twitter members who follow each other• Lists- Curated groups of other twitter users; usually by topic or interest• RT= Retweet- Allows you to share a tweet posted by someone else to your followers; kind of like forwarding• # Hashtags- A way to categorize your tweets; you can search by hashtag• #FF= Follow Friday- On Fridays, users tweet about people they recommend• Tweeps= Twitter+Peeps- Your twitter community• Tweetup- A gathering (online or in person) for Twitter users 7
  8. 8. 3- Exploring twitter- Logging in 8
  9. 9. 3- Exploring twitter- Home page 9
  10. 10. 3- Exploring twitter- @ Connect 10
  11. 11. 3- Exploring twitter- @ Connect 11
  12. 12. 3- Exploring twitter- # Discover 12
  13. 13. 3- Exploring twitter- Your Account 13
  14. 14. 3- Exploring twitter- Direct Messages (DM) 14
  15. 15. 3- Exploring twitter- Lists 15
  16. 16. 3- Exploring twitter- Settings 16
  17. 17. 3- Exploring twitter- Profile 17
  18. 18. 3- Exploring twitter- Design 18
  19. 19. 3- Exploring twitter- tweeting 19
  20. 20. 3- Exploring twitter- Your Profile Page 20
  21. 21. 3- Exploring twitter- Examining tweets 21
  22. 22. 3- Setting up your twitter account and profile Group exerciseWorking in pairs, please do the following:• Add a bio to your profile• Change the design of your profile• Follow @KMbYorkTest• Retweet one tweet 22
  23. 23. Break Please be back in 10 minutes 23
  24. 24. 4- Tools to make tweeting easier- • Shortens URLs to save space • Provides analytics on who clicked on your links • Creates a QR code that links to the URL, which could be added to print materials 24
  25. 25. 4- Tools to make tweeting easier- 25
  26. 26. 4- Tools to make tweeting easier- 26
  27. 27. 4- Tools to make tweeting easier- TweetDeck • Application that you can use online with Chrome and Safari browsers or install it on your desktop • Lets you see everything at once and schedule tweets for the future • Can show you a pop up every time a new tweet gets posted (this is a pro and a con) 27
  28. 28. 4- Tools to make tweeting easier- Hootsuite• Good if you need to mange multiple twitter accounts• Lets you schedule tweets for the future• Includes analytics and allows you to custom build reports• For a monthly fee (currently $5.99 a month) you can add Team Members- good if a number of people will be managing your twitter acount(s) 28
  29. 29. 4- Tools to make tweeting easier- twuffer- Allows you to schedule tweets for the future 29
  30. 30. 4- Tools to make tweeting easier- TweetChat • Filter tweets to only those containing a specific hashtag • Good for following what people are tweeting at an event • Can hold an online tweetup using tweetchat 30
  31. 31. 4- Tools to make tweeting easier Group Exercise1. Go to www.tweetchat.com2. Click on Sign in on top right hand corner3. Click Authorize app4. Enter KMbTwitter into the box on the top of the screen and click Go5. Enter in a tweet and click Update 31
  32. 32. 5- Archiving and analytics- Tweet Backup • Twitter doesn’t archive tweets so it is good to keep a copy of your own tweets • Lets you export all your tweets and followers to excel 32
  33. 33. 5- Archiving and analytics- TweetStats • Shows information about your tweets, your followers and the words you tweet most often • Can create a word cloud of all your tweets, which you can include in event reports 33
  34. 34. 5- Archiving and analytics- TweetStats 34
  35. 35. 5- Archiving and analytics- Twitter Counter • Shows your followers, who you are following and number of tweets • You can sign up to receive weekly emails containing your twitter stats 35
  36. 36. 6- Using twitter for researchTwitter can be used in a research context to:• Disseminate and share your research • Link to your publications or findings • Tweet your research using the hashtag #myresearch• Connect to other researchers with similar research interests• Get answers to research questions• Discover and share resources relevant to your research • A fast way to keep up to date on new resources and research• Let people know about upcoming events 36
  37. 37. 6- Using twitter for researchTwitter can be used in a research context to:• Follow conferences you can’t attend• Let people know what is happening at your events through live tweeting • Create a hashtag for your event • Tweet throughout the day (students are good for this too) • Ask people to use the # when they are tweeting about the event • Use a tool like tweetchat to follow what people are saying • Compile all the tweets from the events for the event report• Connect with community organizations• Increase your online profile 37
  38. 38. 6- Using twitter for research- Homeless Hub 38
  39. 39. 6- Using twitter for research- Roger Keil 39
  40. 40. 7- Security risks, cautions and limitations Gone Phishing…• Choose a strong password• Be careful of scams and phishing- look for suspicious links and make sure you are on the correct webpage• Don’t give out your username and password• Keep your computer and browser up to date and use anti-virus softwareFrom Safety: Keeping your account secure. (n.d.). In Twitter Help Centre. Retrieved January 10, 2012 from 40
  41. 41. 7- Security risks, cautions and limitationsCriticisms and Limitations• You can’t make deep connections in 140 characters • This is just the start of a connection. Twitter allows you to connect with people you might not have known about but for true collaboration, you would need to move the conversation into another medium• It’s too noisy! There’s too much going on! • Only follow people who tend to tweet about subjects you are really interested in; try using another application like TweetDeck or HootSuite, which may be more visually appealing to you• Where did that last hour go?! • Turn off automatic pop ups if using TweetDeck; only visit at certain times of the day for a set amount of time 41
  42. 42. 8- Strategies for Getting StartedThings to Consider Before You Start:• What will you tweet about? • What topics will you tweet about? • Do you think you have enough to tweet about?• If you are part of a project or team- who will do the tweeting? • Will you tweet using individual accounts or will you all use the same account? • If you are all tweeting under one account, do you want to initial your tweets so your followers know who is tweeting? • Will everyone send tweets or will we send your tweets to one central person, who will then tweet for the group?• How often will you tweet? • Aim to tweet at least once a day (original or retweets both count) 42
  43. 43. 8- Work Plan for Getting Started• Decide on a twitter username and register for an account• Set up your profile • Add a bio including important keywords so that people can find you through searching • Upload a profile picture • Change the background if desired• Follow some people • Search for people with similar interests• Send out a tweet • Include hashtags when appropriate • You should almost always link to something, unless you are making a statement • Remember to use a URL shortener to save space 43
  44. 44. 8- Work Plan for Getting Started• Retweet tweets that you think your followers would enjoy • This is another way to build up a following• If someone retweets one of your tweets remember to say thank you and consider retweeting something of theirs • Remember that this is about building connections and reciprocity• Optional step: If you are nervous about tweeting live, try practice tweeting for a few days or even a week. At the end of the week get together and review the tweets: • Did you have enough to say? • Were all the tweets appropriate? • Is there a certain style you want to use? • Did you include hashtags were appropriate? • Did you include links? • Did you remember to use a URL shortener?Now that you are more comfortable with tweeting- get ready to tweet live! 44
  45. 45. 8- Work Plan for Getting StartedSetting up other twitter tools to make life easier (optional but highly recommended)• Set up an account for the URL shorten and download the bookmarklet or browser extension• If you don’t like the twitter interface, consider using a third party application like TweetDeck or HootSuite• To want to schedule tweets for the future, set up an account with twuffer or use TweetDeck• Track your twitter followers and usage using analytic tools such as TweetStats, TwitterCounter• Back up your tweets regularly with TweetBackup 45
  46. 46. Resources10 Ways Researchers Can Use Twitter can-use-twitter/10 Ways Researchers Can Use Twitter: Prezi Presentation twitterBitly • URL shortener that lets you track who clicked on your links and creates a QR code for your shortened link that you can add to print materialsHootSuite • A web interface that allows to you manage your twitter account; good for managing multiple twitter accountsHow do I… Use twitter? • Online guides from the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries on how to use twitter for various purposes 46
  47. 47. ResourcesLSE Guide to Using twitter in University Research, Teaching and ImpactActivites • An application that is similair to twitter but allows you to create a private space for twitter-like interactions; can be used in a class settingTrendsmap • Maps twitter trends across the worldTweetBackup • Twitter doesn’t archive tweets but you can backup your tweets and export them to Excel with this toolTweetChat • Allows you to have a tweetup, a kind of twitter “conference call”, using hashtags. This tool with show only conversations with your chosen hashtag 47
  48. 48. ResourcesTwitterCounter • Provides statictics on your followers and tweetsTweetDeck • Web or desktop application for managing your twitter account; good for managing multiple accountsTweetStats • Show some statistics and analytics on your tweets. Also can create a word cloud of all the words you tweetTwitter Help Center • Articles to get you started, as well as information about solving common problems and how to report a violationTwitter Glossary • Explains commonly used twitter lingo and symbols 48
  49. 49. ResourcesTwitter for Research: Why and How to Do It, Including Case Studies • Covers how to use twitter to conduct researchTwitter Help Center • Articles to get you started, as well as information about solving common problems and how to report a violationTwitter Glossary • Explains commonly used twitter lingo and symbolsTwuffer • Allows to you schedule in tweets for a later time. Good to use if you are going to be away or plan to tweet daily about a resource, eg. ResearchSnapshots 49
  50. 50. ResourcesUsing Twitter for Research • A Prezi presentation outlining ways to use twitter aimed at researchersVanderbilt University Social Media Handbook • Very good resources on how to create a social media strategy and how to start using various toolsYorkU’s Social Media Guidelines df • Guidelines for setting up YorkU affiliated social media sites such as facebook and twitter 50
  51. 51. Questions? 51
  52. 52. Krista JensenKnowledge Mobilization x 88847Websitewww.researchimpact.caO3 Spaceresearchimpact.othree.caMobilize This!