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Twitter @Fayfree


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A presentation for the staff of the Fayetteville Free Library.

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Twitter @Fayfree

  1. 1. Twitter @Fayfree Part 1: The Basics What’s a tweet?
  2. 2. Basics of Twitter <ul><li>Twitter is a microblogging tool. You can also think of it as a global chat. </li></ul><ul><li>A “tweet” is limited to 140 characters or less. </li></ul><ul><li>Tweets appear on the homepages of your account’s followers, but they are also visible to the entire Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>Hashtags such as #CNY or #ALA2009 are used to track specific subjects on Twitter. </li></ul>
  3. 3. @Fayfree’s Twitter Profile ( ) Our Tweets Anyone can see this page.
  4. 4. @Fayfree’s Twitter Home Page This is what you see when you log in. Tweets by people and orgs we follow appear here.
  5. 5. @ Mentions These tweets were directed at us, but are visible to all online. You can have conversations on Twitter by typing @username in a tweet. If you see “RT” in a tweet, it is a ‘re-tweet’ of someone else’s post.
  6. 6. Direct Messages These tweets were sent only to us—Twitter email. You can only send a DM to someone who follows you on Twitter. If you see “RT” in a tweet, it is a ‘re-tweet’ of someone else’s post.
  7. 7. If you include “CNY” or “Syracuse” in your tweet, it will appear here.
  8. 8. Twitter @Fayfree Part 2: Get Involved What should I tweet?
  9. 9. Tweet This <ul><li>Promote library events and programs </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet during a library event or program. What’s happening right now? </li></ul><ul><li>Promote library services: digital downloads, Homework Helper, computer labs, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Promote library materials: new books or media, Playaways, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight cool reference material, relate to current school assignments or recent events </li></ul><ul><li>Share tips on finding information online or in the library </li></ul><ul><li>FFL in the news: link to articles from local news outlets </li></ul><ul><li>Links to other online FFL content: blog posts, You Tube, CNY Heritage, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Links to non-FFL articles, videos, etc. that might interest patrons. “Cool stuff” </li></ul><ul><li>Community-related info </li></ul><ul><li>Note: When sharing links, use a link shortener like </li></ul>
  10. 10. Tweet This <ul><li>Photographs (Choose “Blog This” from a photo in our Flickr Feed or use TwitPic) </li></ul><ul><li>Retweet interesting tweets from others </li></ul><ul><li>Encouragement and thanks to library volunteers, community groups, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Announcements: closings, cancellations, awards, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Answer questions </li></ul><ul><li>Solicit feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Create a poll using a tool such as StrawPoll </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Be creative </li></ul><ul><li>Be clever </li></ul><ul><li>Be funny </li></ul><ul><li>Personalize it </li></ul><ul><li>Interact! </li></ul>
  11. 11. How do I tweet? <ul><li>We’ll help! Send your 140-character message to a member of the Web Development Team, and we’ll post it for you. </li></ul><ul><li>Or, try it yourself. Ask one of us for the login and password. It’s easy! </li></ul><ul><li>Think you’ll tweet often? Ask us about Tweetdeck. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Find our Tweeps <ul><li>Tell patrons we are on Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>When they follow us, follow them back! </li></ul><ul><li>Use tools such as Twitter Advanced Search, LocalTweeps, and Geochirp to find local people on Twitter </li></ul>
  13. 13. Twitter Resources <ul><li>Bill Drew: Why Twitter? What can Twitter do for my library & my community? </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Mashable: Twitter Guidebook </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Andy Burkhardt: Six Things Libraries Should Tweet </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Andy Burkhardt: Seven More Things Libraries Should Tweet </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Kelly D Allen: How Your Library May Not Be Using Twitter But Should </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Dana Oshiro: 6 Great Twitter Quiz and Polling Apps </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter Search Operators: </li></ul>