Twitter - What, Why, Who & How


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Introduction and basic Twiiter set-up follwed by more advanced application geared toards PLNs and classroom use.

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Twitter - What, Why, Who & How

  1. 1. TwitterWhat, Why, Who & How<br />Ian Quartermaine <br />Head of Learning Technologies – JPC<br />Twitter : point2five<br />
  2. 2. What?<br />Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author&apos;s profile page and delivered to the author&apos;s subscribers who are known as followers<br />
  3. 3. The Company<br />Started in March 2006 as a side project<br />Predicted around 18 million users by the end of 2009<br />Valued at approx. 1 Billion (Sept 09)<br />Twitter remains just a fraction of the size of Facebook at 250 million active users, 120 million of whom claim they login at least once daily.<br />
  4. 4. A quick tour<br /><br />
  5. 5. Why?<br />What are you doing?<br />It’s more than “I had cornflakes for breakfast”<br />Only follow those people who are interesting!!<br />
  6. 6. Why?<br />Follow – friends<br />Follow – celebrities and leaders of various kindsFollow – experts and enthusiasts on all topics<br />Tweetup- is an event where people who Twitter come together to meet in person<br />Search trending topics<br />Breaking news Eg. #earthquakes – “Real time web”<br />(un)Conference (back channels)<br />Television shows Eg. #qanda<br />Education – Many applications – see later<br />PLN – Personal Learning Network Develop yours by following educators in your field<br />
  7. 7. Who?<br />Individuals <br />Celebrities   ?<br />Organisations & Societies  <br />Companies   ?<br />Institutions  <br />Marketers  <br />Spammers  <br />
  8. 8. Twitter is down <br /><br />
  9. 9. How? – The tools<br />Free twitter account at -<br />Install Tweetdeck from -<br /><br />iPhone/iPod - iTunesApps – Tweetie, Tweetdeck, Twitteriffic<br />
  10. 10. URL shorteners<br />With only 140 characters you can’t afford URLs like -<br />Use service like services include &* Tweetdeck automatically incorporates URL shortening<br />
  11. 11. How ? - Settings - Bio<br />Set your bio message<br />
  12. 12. How ? - Settings - Avatar<br />Upload your avatar image<br />
  13. 13. How ? - Settings - Theme<br />
  14. 14. How ? - Twitter – Following<br /><ul><li> Also clicking on the thumbnails in other people’s profiles is a good way to find people
  15. 15. Some suggestions at :</li></li></ul><li>How ? - Twitter – Following<br />
  16. 16. How ? - Using Twitter <br />Shows your tweets and those of the people you follow. Also Stats, @ replies, Direct messages & Trending topics<br />Shows only your tweets. Also your avatar, bio and thumbnails of your followers<br />My clicking a thumbnail and the icon shown the following options are available<br />
  17. 17. How? – Special syntax - @<br />Include in message @tweetname and they will see it regardless of whether they follow you or notThis is also the way to specifically reply to a particular person. Roll over tweet and then click<br />Tweetdeck<br />or<br />
  18. 18. How? – Special syntax - D<br />Direct messageStart message with D tweetname and only they will see itEgD GuyKawasaki - Good post yesterday on . Well done. <br />Tweetdeck<br />or<br />
  19. 19. How? – Special syntax - RT<br />Re- Tweet - acknowledging the tweet of anotherStart message with RT @tweetname followed by text of tweet. Resends the whole tweet to all your followers. There are variations on this. Eg. RT @GuyKawasaki: Five ways to lose a customer in a flash <br />Tweetdeck<br />
  20. 20. How? – Special syntax - #<br />Special identifier tags for search termsA search term is decided on for a specific event or topic and then used in tweets. These tags can then be searched and aggregatedEg. #qsite09 #edrev09 #medievalbumperstickers<br />
  21. 21. Google Gadgets for search<br />Integration with iGoogle portal<br />Search for “twitter search #” <br />OR Google Gadgets for your webpageSearch for “twitter search #” <br />
  22. 22. How? – Tweetdeck<br />Ultimate tutorial<br />
  23. 23. Tweetdeck – Settings<br /><ul><li>Settings
  24. 24. Login
  25. 25. multiple accounts
  26. 26. colours
  27. 27. services</li></li></ul><li>Tweetdeck – Search Functions <br />Useful - Selected groups<br />
  28. 28. iPhone - Applications<br />The next level of Twitter use begins once you have a client for your phone or PDA!!<br />“Tweetie”<br />
  29. 29. iPhone - Applications<br />“Tweetdeck” for iPhone<br />Also a free App called “Twitteriffic”<br />
  30. 30. Tweet Aggregators<br /><ul><li> Simply type the “#” tag (Eg. “#qsite09”) search term into the tool and it will display the tweet stream in different ways
  31. 31. No Twitter account required</li></ul><br /><br />Used as peer feedback mechanism and discussion space<br /><br />
  32. 32. Lists<br />Lists are groupings created by twitter users<br />and enable subscription to a whole group<br /><br />
  33. 33. Other Resources<br /><ul><li>
  34. 34. Provides embedded images
  35. 35. Trending topic explanation
  36. 36.</li></li></ul><li>Classroom application<br />My activityStudents were given sets of relevant web links and then had to summarise them in 140 characters and use a #tag in the message and a shortened URL . We then searched (aggregated) the tweets and discussed them as a class<br />Search on “#reviseit1”<br />
  37. 37. 28 other classroom applications<br />GoogleDoc compiled by educators and initiated through twitter Twenty eight Interesting Ways to use Twitter in the Classroom (<br />
  38. 38. Twitter in the Back Channel<br />In public speaking, back-channelling is the practice of electronically passing notes among some or all of the audience. When sanctioned this practice is particularly useful for speakers who are attempting to dynamically modify their presentations based on immediate feedback from the audience. When unsanctioned this practice is often very distracting for the presenter. Meebo and Twitter are common back channelling devices although any chat room style device works <br />
  39. 39. Twitter in the Back Channel<br />Teaching With Twitter: Not for the Faint of Heart<br />