Twitter Technical Training - St. Edward's University Instructional Technology


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This is the slide deck for the Twitter workshop taught at St. Edward's University by Megan Ura, Computer Training Coordinator. Sponsored by Instructional Technology.

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Twitter Technical Training - St. Edward's University Instructional Technology

  1. 1. Twitter 101How does it work? What’s New? Presented by: @Megan_Ura St. Edward’s University Instructional Technology Training
  2. 2. Post short updates using 140 characters or less. Give and receive information in real-time. Microblog = text messaging + blogging
  3. 3. Signing Up:1. Register for an account.2. Edit your Settings. Best Practices: • Pick a good username, keep it short • Fill out your bio • Provide a homepage URL and picture/photo.
  4. 4. “Tweeting”1. Click the “Compose a New Tweet” icon.2. Type your message in the field.3. Add a photo, or your location (optional).4. Click “Tweet”. Easy!
  5. 5. Following & Getting Followed 1. Click on the tab. 2. “Who to Follow” or type a topic in the Search box (ex: “St. Edward’s University”) 3. On their Profile page, click the button under their profile picture. 4. Their tweets will appear in order on your Home screen.
  6. 6. Interacting with Others1. @replies/mentions: public Tweets directed at you or that mention you – “@username”1. Direct Message: privately-sent “d username” • You must both be following in each other.
  7. 7. Favoritesa place to save tweets you’d like to keep – Quotable quotes – Valuable links – Positive things about you – Good for online rep management
  8. 8. Retweeting share interesting tweets from othersManual Retweet: If you’d like to comment1. Copy and paste the original tweet.2. To give credit to the original person, put “RT” plus the originator’s username at the beginning of the tweet.Auto Retweet: republish exactly as it appears.
  9. 9. Hashtags• Community-driven “Tagging” convention• Add additional context to your tweets.• Prefix a word with a hash symbol: #globsoc.
  10. 10. URL Shortening• URL shortening services share links while conserving character space.• and third-party apps all feature link shortening. • Twitter apps • •
  11. 11. Sharing and Viewing Photos• Attach photos to a tweet• Take a photo, or upload one from phone/computer• Popular third party services: TwitPic, Yfrog, InstagramView photos without leaving Twitter or yourTwitter phone app.
  12. 12. Twitter Lists the long awaited “groups” feature• organize people into themed groups – Even if you aren’t Following them – Follow other people’s lists• limited to 500 people, max of 20 lists• See who has added you to a list
  13. 13. Saving Searches• Max 25 saved searches per account.• View your saved searches by clicking in the search bar.
  14. 14. Why people wouldn’t Follow you:• No avatar, bio information.• Disproportionate followers/following/tweet stats.• Claiming to be someone you’re not.• Constant shameless self-promotion.• Fighting, drama, inappropriate language.• Never engaging with other users.
  15. 15. Best Practices• Be yourself.• Provide value (like a blogger). – interesting, surprising, funny, useful• Update Frequently.• Interaction. – balance tweets, responses, re-tweets.• Don’t Spam. – inane messaging, unrelated info• Integrate with other social/educational efforts.
  16. 16. Mobile Twitter Clients the best way to get the most out of TwitterSend and receive tweets on phone, browser or desktop.Official clients available at
  17. 17. Where to go from here?• Start following people/orgs! – Follow other SEU accounts• Practice tweeting, replying, etc.• Study up, get questions answered: –
  18. 18. Need Help? Megan UraIT Training 512-448-8554 @Megan_Ura