Promulgating Ideas In Twitter Society: Our Purpose in Community & Conversations


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The following presentation was given at the 2009 Cool Twitter Conference in Brooklyn (October 20th). Tara L. Conley discusses building community and engaging in conversations in 'Twitter Society' as a means to promote and disseminate ideas. She introduces the term 'snew media' to describe a space where social media and new media intersect. Tara L. Conley is a writer, blogger, and snew media consultant in New York City.

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Promulgating Ideas In Twitter Society: Our Purpose in Community & Conversations

  1. 1. Promulgating Ideas in Twitter Society: Our Purpose in Community & Conversations Tara L. Conley (@taralconley) Writer, Blogger, Snew Media Consultant | | The Life and Times of a Blogger October 2009
  2. 3. The Evolution
  3. 4. Characteristics of a Twitter Society <ul><li>A space where cultural exchanges take place and un/written rules, etiquette, and behaviors are thusly devised and supported by the society. </li></ul><ul><li>Written Language* </li></ul><ul><ul><li>@user, RT (retweet), # (hashtags), H/T (hat tip) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Etiquette Rules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acknowledge the Tweeter before you RT! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social Clicks </li></ul><ul><li>Politicking/Rules of Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Network Spaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Political, academic, entertainment, music, social issues/non-profit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitter Jail! </li></ul>Twitter Society *See: danah boyd’s “Tweet, Tweet, Retweet: Conversational Aspects of Retweeting on Twitter” (2010)
  4. 5. Is Twitter a False Sense of Community? <ul><li>@seanpadilla : 140 characters @ a time can't build community on its own, but it can definitely plant a seed... </li></ul><ul><li>@littlebrownjen : Hmmm..maybe a new kind of community? </li></ul><ul><li>When Twitter trends, so does the nation. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter has had one of biggest impacts on the news cycle, firstly by often being the first media to break news, in offering a discussion forum around mainstream media coverage, and amplifying stories that have appeared in traditional formats. (Dawson 2009). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>#balloonboy </li></ul><ul><li>“ tweetups” </li></ul>Twitter as Community? Image:
  5. 6. When Tweeting Gets Personal <ul><li>Pick your Twitter battles wisely. </li></ul><ul><li>Log-off, take a walk, read a book, watch a movie, have sex, eat, get some other work done. Do what you have to do to remove yourself from the contention! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ It’s been real, Tweeps. Gotta go!” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RT @TheJLV : Clarifying gets numbing on Twitter. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tone can at times get lost in Twitter translation. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Always remember what you’re tweeting for in the first place. </li></ul>Tweeting the Personal Image:
  6. 7. Pick your pitches wisely. <ul><li>“ Twitter is a marathon . . . Longer than a tweet.” –David Patterson </li></ul>Tweeting Professionally Twitter makes us better aware of our purpose in the conversation. Images: , , We have to (re)member, as in reorganize and recollect, the art of networking and conversing with people.
  7. 8. Let’s Converse! <ul><li> (@taralconley) </li></ul><ul><li>The Life and Times of a Blogger ( ) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Huffington Post ( ) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn ( ) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 9. Cite/Site References <ul><li>“ Twitter’s Impact on th News & Media Cycle” by Ross Dawson </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Tweet, Tweet, Ka-Ching: Twitter is Changing the Way Non-profits Make the Ask” by Lydia Dishman </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Tweeting the Electorate” by Kate Paul and Daniel Stone (Newsweek) </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ 10 Ways Twitter Will Change American Business” by Douglas A. McIntyre (Time) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>,8599,1901772,00.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Social Pulpit: Barack Obama’s Social Media Toolkit” (Slideshow) </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Twitter is a Marathon . . . Longer Than A Tweet” by David Patterson </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ 7 Amazing Twitter Visualizations” 10,000 Words Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Danah Boyd Publications on Social Networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>