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  1. 1. Twitter is the most famous form of micro-blogging. Tweets are limited to 140 char-acters and shared amongst followers.There are few rules for its use, but theonline community has a clear etiquettePedagogical Uses Information feed Marketing experience Creative assignments, working within 140-character limitationsResearch Uses Raises public profile. Pre/during/post conference connections Create and maintain communities with others with simi- lar interests.Setting Up an Account Go to and enter the simple infor- mation (email addresses can only be used once). You may need to be creative in choosing a user-name. Choose the shortest one that seems memorable. Follow the steps through. Look for the ‘Skip Here’ options at the bottom left of the page if required. 1
  2. 2. Profiling and ConnectingSelect ‘View my profile page’ when in-to Twitter, then click ‘Edit Profile’Add picture, name, location, web address, 160 characterbiography. Don’t send tweets to Facebook, they shouldserve a different purpose to status updates.Sending a TweetClick on ‘Home’, and start typing inthe box that says ‘Compose newtweet’, maximum 140 characters(text-speak is acceptable).Press ‘Tweet’, and your first tweetis live.What have others written?Go to ‘Connect’ to see interactions fromothers, including: Where others have men-tioned your @twittername in their tweet; and retweets.What’s a Retweet, aka ‘RT’?Tweets are seen by your followers. If another user sharesyour tweet (an RT), their followers also see the message. 2
  3. 3. Following OthersGo to ‘Who to Follow’. Usethe search box if you knowa name, a company, aTwitter user name, or havea particular interest, or‘browse interests’.If you want to find people you know/have email addressesfor, try ‘Find Friends’.When you have found someone interesting, click on theiruser name to see more (see below), or just click‘Follow’ (It’s easy to de-follow later if required).Piggy-backingWhen you’ve found someone inter-esting to follow, see who they follow,and consider following them too.Others Following You?Unlike Facebook, you don’t need to know those who followyou. You can choose whether to follow back or not. 3
  4. 4. Lists A list is a curated group of Twitter users, e.g. all Tweeters in your Faculty. You can create or subscribe to other’s lists. Viewing Others Viewing a lists timeline will show you a stream of Tweets from only the users on that list. On the profile page of a user, click on ‘lists’ (left-hand side of screen). You can follow the list or the indi- vidual users within it. Creating/Adding to a List Look for the ‘head’ icon illustrated, select ‘Add or remove from lists’ from the drop-down box. Twitter will offer you the option to add the user to a list you already have, or to ‘Create a New List’. #Hashtags The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. There is no central register of these. These tips are to get you going with Twitter. There are plenty of other features. Get on and have a go!Dr Bex Lewis: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. 4