Twitter for librarians: workshop presented to University of Pretoria library staff on 27 October 2010


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Twitter for librarians: workshop presented to University of Pretoria library staff on 27 October 2010

  1. 1. Workshop presented by Johann van Wyk to UP Library staff on 27 October 2010 for librarians
  2. 2. Twitter Microblogging site where you can say something in only 140 characters
  3. 3. History of Twitter Twitter was created in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, an American software architect and businessperson, at the age of 30. It was inspired by an idea of having an SMS service online, whereby individuals could communicate with a small group Twitter is called by some: “The SMS of the Internet” (Wikipedia) Photo Credit: Joi Ito via Flickr
  4. 4. What can I use Twitter for? • As a marketing tool about new services, products, announcements and events in the library • For reminders of important resources, instruction sessions and new book arrivals • To keep your clients informed about interesting links, web sites etc. • To keep updated about new developments and topics • As a reference service, where clients can ask questions and you provide answers • To network with other librarians
  5. 5. Twitter Home Page
  6. 6. New Twitter look and feel
  7. 7. Twitter Profile Page Biographical info
  8. 8. Twitter Profile Page in new Twitter version Biographical info
  9. 9. Following on Twitter
  10. 10. Followers on Twitter
  11. 11. The tweets of the people you follow show up on your Twitter Home Page
  12. 12. Register on Twitter: go to Click
  13. 13. Register by completing the fields and Click on Create my account
  14. 14. Repeat the words & click on Finish
  15. 15. Select the topics you are interested in
  16. 16. Select the topic you are interested in and choose the person(s) you would like to follow
  17. 17. Search for your friends on Twitter using your Gmail, Yahoo, AOL and LinkedIn contacts
  18. 18. Next step: Click on Search
  19. 19. Searching for people, organisations, or companies on Twitter
  20. 20. Click on “Next Step You’re done!”
  21. 21. Confirm your email address to access Twitter – go to you e-mail account to confirm
  22. 22. Confirm your Twitter account
  23. 23. Confirm your Twitter account Click
  24. 24. Changing settings Step 1: Click on arrow next to name of Twitter Page Step 2: Click on Settings
  25. 25. Account Settings (1) Change time zone Set language
  26. 26. Account Settings (2) Set privacy Add location to your tweets See images and videos from everyone on Twitter Click on Save when finished
  27. 27. Settings: Change Password
  28. 28. Using Twitter with text messaging - not available in SA (3rd party applications can be used)
  29. 29. Settings: Notification by e-mail when someone is following you Click on Save when finished
  30. 30. Account settings: add picture, location, URL & information about yourself Upload picture NB! add info about yourself Add Homepage or Blog’s URL to Twitter Page
  31. 31. Adding Twitter to Facebook Click
  32. 32. Adding Twitter to Facebook (2) Choose site in which Twitter must be displayed
  33. 33. Adding Twitter to Facebook (3) Step 1: Click on Facebook Step 2: Click on Facebook Application
  34. 34. Adding Twitter to Facebook (4) Click
  35. 35. Log in to Facebook, and follow Facebook’s instructions
  36. 36. Twitter on Facebook - Example
  37. 37. Twitter on Facebook - Example
  38. 38. Customize the look and feel of your Twitter Page
  39. 39. Twitter Search Searching for tweets, topics, people
  40. 40. List of saved searches
  41. 41. Twitter Search Alternatively go to
  42. 42. Twitter Search
  43. 43. Twitter Search also has an Advanced Search Function
  44. 44. Twitter Advanced Search Function
  45. 45. Direct Messages (old version of Twitter) Direct messages can be sent from one Twitter person to another. You can only send a direct message to a person who follows you. Click here
  46. 46. Direct Messages Direct messages can be sent from one Twitter person to another. You can only send a direct message to a person who follows you. Click here Type person’s Twitter name Type direct message Click on Send after message have been typed
  47. 47. @Replies To reply publicly to any tweet on Twitter Click on Reply Click here
  48. 48. @Replies To reply publicly to any tweet on Twitter use the @username format
  49. 49. Favourites
  50. 50. Favourites are now marked
  51. 51. For a list of your Favourites
  52. 52. Tweets that mention your Twitter site or are in reply to you
  53. 53. Retweets: use for sharing a tweet by another with your followers
  54. 54. Retweets: use for sharing a tweet by another with your followers
  55. 55. List of Retweets
  56. 56. Creating a list on a topic that people can follow Click Click on “see how” for step-by -step instructions for creating a list
  57. 57. Trends in Twitter are shown automactically on page Trends shown automatically
  58. 58. Third party applications are shown automatically on page Trends shown automatically
  59. 59. Third Party Applications that can be of value to libraries • TweetDeck: Adobe AIR desktop app connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook and more. TweetDeck shows you everything you want to see at once • Updates all your social networks at once • Twitpic: Share photos on Twitter • TwitterFeed: Feeds blog postings straight to your Twitter feed • TwitterMail: Sends/Receives tweets from/to your email inbox • WeFollow: A directory of Twitter users organized by interests • Jtwitter: A phone application for Twitter (At a cost) • Tiny Twitter: A phone application for Twitter (no SMS costs) • Logpost: A phone application for Twitter (No costs) ►
  60. 60. TweetDeck ▲
  61. 61. ▲
  62. 62. Twitpic for sharing photos on Twitter ▲
  63. 63. Example of using Twitpic ▲
  64. 64. Example of Twitpic photo ▲
  65. 65. TwitterFeed ▲
  66. 66. TwitterMail ▲
  67. 67. WeFollow ▲
  68. 68. Jtwitter ▲
  69. 69. Tiny Twitter ▲
  70. 70. Logpost
  71. 71. Logpost (Continued) ▲
  72. 72. Twitter Goodies Click on Widgets Click
  73. 73. Twitter Goodies
  74. 74. Twitter Goodies: Tweet Button
  75. 75. Twitter Goodies: Widgets
  76. 76. Twitter Goodies: Twitter Buttons
  77. 77. Help Click
  78. 78. Help Click
  79. 79. Conclusion Enjoy tweeting! Hope to see you soon in the Twitterverse
  80. 80. Further reading  Comm, Joel. 2009. Twitter power: how to dominate your market one tweet at a time. Hoboken, NJ:John Wiley & Sons.  Hricko, Mary. 2010. Using Microblogging Tools for Library Services. Journal of Library Administration, Vol. 50, no. 5, p.684 — 692  Murphy, J. 2008. Micro-blogging for science and technology libraries. Science & Technology Libraries, vol. 28, no.4 p.375-378  Twitter for librarians: the ultimate guide. College@Home blog. [Online] available at librarians-the-ultimate-guide  Twittering libraries: from LIS5313 Course Wiki. [Online] available at