Twitter 101

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Twitter 101

  1. 1. Twitter 101 Mihaela Vorvoreanu, Ph.D. Wh y Tw it te r? a n d H o w to G et St a rted
  2. 2. What IS Twitter, anyway? Micro-blogging tool You follow other people’s tweets Post 140-character messages (tweets) People follow your tweets OK to follow people you don’t know OK to converse with people you don’t know !
  3. 3. “Twitter is stupid” The strength of weak ties Photo credits: http://sbm.temple.edu/blogs/cspd/2008/10/13/ the-strength-of-weak-ties/
  4. 4. How does it work? 4 main types of tweets: 1. simple tweet 2.@ reply 3.direct message (DM) 4.retweet (RT)
  5. 5. How does it work? 4 main types of tweets: 1. simple tweet 2.@ reply 3.direct message (DM) 4.retweet (RT)
  6. 6. How does it work? 4 main types of tweets: 1. simple tweet 2.@ reply 3.direct message (DM) 4.retweet (RT)
  7. 7. How does it work? 4 main types of tweets: 1. simple tweet 2.@ reply 3.direct message (DM) 4.retweet (RT)
  8. 8. How does it work? 4 main types of tweets: 1. simple tweet 2.@ reply 3.direct message (DM) 4.retweet (RT)
  9. 9. How does it work? 4 main types of tweets: 1. simple tweet 2.@ reply 3.direct message (DM) 4.retweet (RT)
  10. 10. Setting up an account twitter.com User name: preferably (related to) your name Bio: 140 characters; simple, honest; show your personality Link: your website or LinkedIn public profile Photo: informal headshot Settings & notifications
  11. 11. Tweeting alone isn’t fun... First, follow each other & practice to get the hang of it and build your account Post a tweet with a hashtag: #cbshook Twitter lists - create one, then follow it search.twitter.com SLOWLY
  12. 12. What should I t weet about? links: industry news, social observations analysis, etc. @ replies: engage links: entertaining others! personal/work RT’s updates good questions your interesting/ unique/funny take on things
  13. 13. @ replies Give: Build: attention conversations sympathy/ relationships understanding advice support
  14. 14. Bad Twitter habits: Too much of one thing Aggressive selling & promotion Automated or only one-way feeds, no @’s Too much mundane information Negativity, bashing Bad spelling & grammar
  15. 15. Links & Photos Links Photos Use URL shorteners Use photo services such as bit.ly, ow.ly, such as twitpic, yfrog, etc. etc.
  16. 16. The dark side of Twitter Spammers Bots Don’t follow/unfollow Block & report Security: Strong password!
  17. 17. Twitter clients Computer: iPhone: Twhirl TweetDeck TweetDeck Tweetie 2 Seesmic Echofon Brizzly (Web) Blackberry: Tweetie (Mac only) UberTwitter Twitterrific (Mac only)
  18. 18. “Homework” Tweet amongst yourselves :) Bring questions for next session

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