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The Art of Twitter


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Presentation entitled the "Art of Twitter" delivered at the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand's Annual Scientific Meeting in March 2015 in Adelaide.
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The Art of Twitter

  1. 1. The Art of Twitter Henry Woo Associate Professor of Surgery University of Sydney
  2. 2. Relevant Disclosures • American Urological Association Social Media Workgroup • Co-author EAU Social Media guidelines • Editor-in-Chief, BJUI Knowledge
  3. 3. What is Twitter? • Web 2.0 platform – Owners provide software infrastructure – Users provide content • Content in the form of “tweets” – 140 character limited expression – videos, images, links can be added – Hashtags enable searchable keywords
  4. 4. Tweet Examples
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  6. 6. How to Get Started? • Firstly, sign up to Twitter • Easy process, follow the prompts • If Britney Spears and Kim Kardashian can do it, there is hope not only for luddites but hope for all of you.
  7. 7. Twitter App Walk Through
  8. 8. Twitter App Walk Through
  9. 9. Terminology Review 1 • Tweet – 140 character limited content • Following – Twitter accounts whose tweets you’ve selected to observe • Followers – Twitter accounts that have chosen to follow your content • Twitter feed – tweets you see from people you follow
  10. 10. Curating Your Twitter Experience • What you see on twitter depends upon – Who you follow – Which hashtags you follow • If you want to see tweets about butts and other crap, you follow Kim Kardashian • If you want to hear the moans of teenage girls, you follow the #1D hashtag
  11. 11. Hang on a sec. What’s a Hashtag? • # used to mean a shortcut notation for fracture • Nowadays, nobody aged <30 thinks of it meaning anything other than hashtag in the context of social media (SoMe)
  12. 12. Hashtags • Searching keywords • A search on a hashtag will uncover tweets where #something has been included within 140 character tweets
  13. 13. Hashtag Examples • Disease specific – Eg #pcsm • Professional discussion – Eg #hcsm #hcldr • Conference hashtags – Eg #AUA15, #USANZ15 • Journal Clubs – Eg #urojc, #igsjc, #nephjc • Entertainment/Other – #QandA #TheProject #royalbaby #auspol #libspill
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  17. 17. Who to Follow? • Decide if you wish to keep the feed totally professional or not • Most choose a mix • Suggestions – Journals – Other urologists – Famous people of personal interest to you • Unsure – see who others are following and follow the same
  18. 18. Lists
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  20. 20. Twitter Feed Strategies • Work out who you want to follow • Work out which hashtags you want to follow • Work out which lists you wish to follow • Mute those whose tweets you wish to hide but when you don’t want to unfollow • You can selectively turn off retweeted content from those you follow
  21. 21. Terminology Review 2 • Handle – @something – try to keep it short • Hashtag – a searchable term in the format #something • Mute – Hide tweets from specified accounts • Lists – Groups of accounts you may compile or join – You don’t have to follow or be followed by individual accounts to be in a list
  22. 22. What About Your Own Content? • Create your own tweets – Succinct interesting comments or thoughts attract attention/interaction – Images, videos, links enhance your content • Share the content of others – Click the re-tweet button and somebody else’s tweet will be shared to those who follow you
  23. 23. The Art of Twitter? • Curate the content you receive • Your content creation can curate your followering and interactions with your tweets
  24. 24. Enjoy!