What the Tweet is an RSS Feed?

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E3 2012 Professional Development Session - Conestoga College

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What the Tweet is an RSS Feed?

  1. 1. Be g i nne r Presented byQuinn Battersby @qbattersby Melanie Parlette
  2. 2. DEFINITION OF SOCIAL MEDIASocial media are primarily internet and mobile-based toolsfor sharing and discussing information among humanbeings. The term most often refers to activities that integratetechnology, telecommunications and social interaction, andthe construction of words, pictures, videos and audio.More than just a definition it impacts people and our societyenormously.
  3. 3. WORKSHOP OBJECTIVESOverall: Understand the benefits of social media through application.• Define RSS feeds• Find RSS feeds that match your interest, and add them to Google Reader• Create connections between RSS content and Professional Development from a fundamental standpoint• Define Twitter• Understand Twitter terminology, including RTs, @mentions, #hashtags and more• Follow people and companies of interests• Learn how to apply Twitter to your Professional Development
  4. 4. Image Source:http://www.flickr.com/photos/25031050@N06/3292307605/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  5. 5. Image Source:http://www.flickr.com/photos/verbeeldingskr8/3638834128/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  6. 6. AN RSS FEED READER CAN HELP.
  7. 7. www.google.com/reade
  8. 8. www.google.com/reade
  9. 9. Or sign in if you have already created a Google Account that you would like to use.www.google.com/reade
  10. 10. GETTING STARTED (2 WAYS TO ADD FEEDS) In Google Reader: From a blog or site using Firefox: 1. Click the Subscribe button in 1. Click Bookmarks your left-hand sidebar 2. Click Subscribe to this Page 2. Enter the URL of the blog or site 3. Select Google from dropdown for you’d like to subscribe to. Subscribe to this feed using: 4. Click Subscribe Now 5. Click Add to Google Reader
  11. 11. WHAT CAN I SUBSCRIBE TO? Dilbert Naturehttp://bit.ly/m74kNG http://bit.ly/leo3M V Conestoga College News http://bit.ly/conestoganews Subscription Options . . . Academic News Sites Magazines Blogs Journals
  12. 12. GETTING TO KNOW YOUR GOOGLE READER. . . • Prioritize, you don’t need to read EVERYTHING!
  13. 13. GETTING TO KNOW YOUR GOOGLE READER. . . • Do a weekly cleanup
  14. 14. GETTING TO KNOW YOUR GOOGLE READER. . . • Dedicate a certain time to read your feeds (build it into your routine)
  15. 15. GOOGLE READER IN THE CLASSROOM for studentsKeep track of news Read items shared and information Collect and Share by their teachers to relative to their research materials help with studies and for projects assignmentspersonal interests
  16. 16. GOOGLE READER IN THE CLASSROOM for staff+faculty Read other Keep track of educator’s blogs for student blogs all in ideas, current one place research, and tips Share news with Share news and colleagues and current events students (you can relevant to current annotate to add classroom topics value!)
  17. 17. REALLY, WHAT IS TWITTER?Twitter is an online social networking tool in which userspost 140 character updates of what is going on in their livesalong with links to things they think are interesting, funny, oruseful to their followers (“following” being essentially what“friending” is on other sites).
  18. 18. REALLY, WHAT IS TWITTER?People use twitter in many ways:• as a newsfeed by following prominent people or networks• as a pseudo-chatroom by limiting their followers and whom they follow to close friends and family• as a microblog for updating people about the work they are doing and their personal lives.
  19. 19. TWITTER TERMINOLOGY – FEED (TWEETS)Feed: The stream of tweets you see on your homepage. It’s comprisedof updates from users you follow.You can always access your feed by using the Home button on theTwitter website.
  20. 20. TWITTER TERMINOLOGY - RETWEETRetweet or RT – is when you want to forward or share atweet that someone else said with your followers. • You can use the RT button • Copy the tweet and paste in your message with RT in front of it • Include via @username
  21. 21. TWITTER TERMINOLOGY – MENTION (@)A way to reference another user by his username in a tweet (e.g.@qbattersby). Users are notified when @mentioned. It’s a wayto conduct discussions with other users in a public realm.Semi private, must be following @sendinguser and@receivinguser to view.
  22. 22. TWITTER TERMINOLOGY - #HASHTAGSA way to denote a topic of conversation or participate in a largerlinked discussion (e.g. #AmericanIdol, #Obama). A hashtag is adiscovery tool that allows others to find your tweets, based ontopics. You can also click on a hashtag to see all the tweets thatmention it in real time — even from people you don’t followThey contain no spaces or punctuation and begin with a #symbol. • Events like conferences or concerts will encourage attendees to add a particular hash tag to their tweets to unite attendees. (ie. #e3conestoga) • Trending topics are typically created by using hash tags – for instance a user might create a hashtag as a fun way to start a conversation. (ie. #13thingsilove)
  23. 23. LETS LOGIN & GET STARTED1. Goto http://www.twitter.com2. Input your username and password you created before this session.3. You will be presented with your newsfeed (Tweets), when you start following people their tweets will show up here.4. Start following some people – search for the person next to you using their “handle” or username!5. Tweet the person next to you using @username and some text.6. Add more interests and follow more people using the search or the sidebar with recommendations and trending topics or by clicking Discover.
  24. 24. FOLLOW SOME MORE USERSSome suggested accounts to follow:@conestogac @conestogabooks @nytimes@qbattersby @melanie_sarah @groupon@ignitewaterloo @tedxwaterloo @nationalpost@wr_record @conestogamall @martinsapples@guykawasaki @wagjag @flyykf @torontostar@ctvswo @ohlrangers @kw_oktoberfest @tedtalk@wired @dougcoupland @rickmercer @dtapscott@astro_paolo
  25. 25. RELATING TO YOUR VOCATIONFaculty may follow users that provide valuable informationabout the field of which they are preparing their students.Some suggestionsEngineering - @twitterengMedia & Design - @smashingmagNursing - @nursingideasSciences - @guardianscience
  26. 26. RELATING TO YOUR VOCATIONStaff may follow users that relate to their specific area –ability to provide fresh and relevant information about theirarea in general.Some suggestionsBookstore - @pearsonCo-op & Career Services - @kitchener_jobsContinuing Education - @allaboutcareersAlumni - @wonderfulwat
  27. 27. NEXT STEPS WITH TWITTER1. Write your 140 character biography2. Include an image of yourself (use a current facebook photo?)3. Engage with users or just be engaged by users4. Smart phone applications (iPhone, Blackberry, Android)
  28. 28. SOCIAL MEDIA BEST PRACTICES1. Social Media is social, what you do online other people will see2. Keep in mind the image you are presenting online as a Conestoga community member3. Give credit where credit is due
  29. 29. Be Social.Have fun with it.

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