A brief guide to twitter


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An introduction to Twitter for school librarians and other education professionals wanting to dip their toes into the world of Twitter

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A brief guide to twitter

  1. 1. © John IonaA brief guide to TwitterSign up for aTwitteraccount attwitter.comThis is your Twitter@username, or handle.Depending on the use forthe account, choose ausername that reflects this.Set your details foryour account.Find people &organisationsto follow,whose tweetsyou are goingto beinterested inreading.Find people by using thesearch facility, but makesure you find the right(official) account. Themore famous, the more“fake” accounts therewill be.
  2. 2. © John IonaTry searching for organisations, publishers and people whoyou might be interested in following.Here are just a few suggestions:When lookingfor people tofollow, searchfor publishersor authorsthat you knowand see whatcomes up.If your search for a person/organisationdoesn’t find the official account, try visitingtheir official website first. There you willoften find icons/links that will take you totheir official social media pages.Once you findsomeone you wantto follow, take a lookat the account and ifyou are happy, clickthe follow button tofollow their tweets.People such as Phil Bradley,Geoff Barton and Michael Rosen.Publishers such as Penguin,Walker, Harper Collins andSpinebreakers.Authors such as Patrick Ness,Malorie Blackman, AlanGibbons and Philp Ardagh.Orgnaisations such asNational Literacy Trust, CILIPSLG, the Society of Authorsand The Guardian teen books.Take a look atwho others arefollowing to getideas of morepeople to follow.
  3. 3. © John IonaYour Twitter home pageIncluding handles(@usernames)means the tweetshows up ontheir feed and isknown as amention.If someone mentions you,you get an alert hereRe-tweets (RT) are tweetsthat people are sharing sothat their followers can seethem.#Hashtags used tokeyword tweets sotopics can be tweetedand searched easily.Tweets using thesame #tag help atopic to trendPatrick Ness’sTwitter handleHover over atweet to getmore options.Reply to a tweetand start aconversation withsomeoneRe-tweet (RT) a tweet to share withthis with the people that follow you.This tweet will then show on theirtimeline, even though they do notfollow the original tweeterFavourite a tweet –this is an easy wayto save a tweet togo back to it
  4. 4. © John IonaTweeting as an organisationWhen creating a Twitter account for your Library, or department or follow the advice below:Only tweets ofthose that youfollow …… will show up onyour Twitter feed.While I don’t follow@norfolkbookworm, this tweetwas re-tweeted by The ReadingAgency, who I do follow.So any of your tweets,as well as anything youre-tweet, will show upon the feed of thosethat follow you.With this type of Twitter account, followpeople whose tweets you think you willwant to share with your followers.This will mean that the tweets on your feed areonly those from those that might be relevant toyour followers, and the feed is not too long.So any tweetsfrom thisaccount……will show upon the feed ofevery followerof this account.HOWEVER You do not seethe tweets of people you donot follow.So students canfollow youraccount, and youdo not have toworry about seeingtheir tweets……unless you click follow
  5. 5. © John IonaProtecting PrivacyChoose thesettings optionin the menuhereChoose toprotect yourtweets here.Then saveyour changes.Now Twitteruses have torequest tofollow you.Your tweets, whoyou follow andwho follows youremains private.You can then choose to only acceptfollow requests from relevant people.Some privacyadvice forschool librariesSet tweets to private and then letpupils, parents, teachers, governorsfollow you on request.You do not need to follow themback… as long as they follow you,they will see your tweets and youwill not have to see theirs.Only follow accounts which willtweet about the sorts of thingsyou will want to share (RT) withyour followers so that your feedstays uncluttered and relevant.Share your Twitter handle(@username) with stakeholders sothat they know how to find you.
  6. 6. © John IonaHaving other people re-tweeting yourmessage to their followers, will meanyou reach more and more people.Follow people, andhope that they followback.Try to tweet about the interestingwork that you are doing, specialevents and feedback you havehad from others.Tweet about positive,interesting stories from themedia and on the web.Twitter is all about havinga conversation, andsharing information, goodpractice, news and ideas.How can youuse Twitter toyour advantage?Tweet @people if youwant a particular personto see your tweet.What do you want to share with yourfollowers? Use Twitter to promote yourLibrary events, new books, competitions, booktrailers, photos, reviews and anything else youcan think of to increase engagement.