Twitter 2.0


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A more advanced How-to with Twitter including using Twitter's advanced search, verifying sources and more.

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Twitter 2.0

  1. 1. Twitter 2.0: Now what?
  2. 2. Searching Twitter <ul><li>Searching for something on Twitter can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. </li></ul><ul><li>How do we get specific? Go to and click on advanced search </li></ul><ul><li>Gives you the opportunity to search via keyword and location </li></ul><ul><li>Helps filter out the noise </li></ul>
  3. 3. Applications <ul><li>Echofon (iPhone, Firefox plug in, iPad, Mac, PC) </li></ul><ul><li>Tweetdeck (desktop, iPhone, Android, Chrome) </li></ul><ul><li>Hootsuite (Web-based, iPhone, Android, iPad) </li></ul><ul><li>UberSocial (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry) </li></ul><ul><li>Official Twitter app (iPhone, BB, Android) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Can I just take that picture someone tweeted? <ul><li>Easy answer is no </li></ul><ul><li>You should always verify the photo’s contents before taking it and using it for news purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Also respect others’ copyright: @reply or DM identifying who you are, who you represent and that you’d like to use the photo </li></ul><ul><li>Always ask for who the proper credit should go to </li></ul>
  5. 5. Verifying tweets <ul><li>Just because someone tweets it doesn’t make it so </li></ul><ul><li>For example, Gadhafi was killed on Twitter months before he actually was (and many times over) </li></ul><ul><li>Tweets, and their corresponding Twitter accounts, should be verified as you would any other source </li></ul>
  6. 6. Verifying tweets <ul><li>Things to keep in mind when trying to verify a tweet: </li></ul><ul><li>Who tweeted it? </li></ul><ul><li>How old is their account? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do they tweet? </li></ul><ul><li>Are others tweeting the same info (not RTs)? </li></ul><ul><li>Reach out and ask to contact the user offline </li></ul><ul><li>If in doubt, leave it out </li></ul>
  7. 7. Live tweeting <ul><li>If you’re going to live-tweet something, be sure to warn your followers ahead of time </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, you only have 140 characters, so make every tweet count </li></ul><ul><li>Provide colour, background, quotes, don’t just give a play by play </li></ul><ul><li>Change it up: Take pictures and tweet those to add more variety to your stream </li></ul>
  8. 8. Do I delete the tweet? <ul><li>Twitter is an immediate medium. Because it’s not just on the web, there is no way to completely delete your tweet </li></ul><ul><li>If you make a mistake, acknowledge it in a follow up tweet, and to those who tell you you’re wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Be transparent, don’t try to hide it: Because people can RT your tweet, it’s recommended you do not delete to “cover” your tracks </li></ul>
  9. 9. Using lists <ul><li>You can create or follow other people’s lists </li></ul><ul><li>Lists allow you to group or organizers accounts </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t have to follow the accounts to put them on a list </li></ul><ul><li>Lists can be a great way to follow accounts (such as politicians) so it doesn’t look like you favour one candidate over another </li></ul>
  10. 10. Is there anything I can’t tweet? <ul><li>Make sure you follow the Star’s social media policy </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t tweet anything partisan that could undermine your credibility or the credibility of the paper </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet about your personal life with caution, remember your tweets are public </li></ul><ul><li>If you have questions, ask your supervisor </li></ul>
  11. 11. Any questions?