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What Are You Doing Now? The Tiwtterfication of the Web - CiL2008


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Presented at Computers in Libraries 2008, Crystal City, VA, April 2008

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What Are You Doing Now? The Tiwtterfication of the Web - CiL2008

  1. 1. What are you doing now? The Twitterfication of the Web Michael Sauers & Christa Burns Nebraska Library Commission
  2. 2. What is microblogging? <ul><li>The act of blogging that is: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Short </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Enter Twitter <ul><li>Answer the question “What are you doing now?” in 140 characters or less </li></ul><ul><li>Follow friends </li></ul><ul><li>Be followed </li></ul><ul><li>Like IM but asynchronous </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No “status”, others don’t know if your paying attention </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Create an account
  5. 6. Set up posting options
  6. 7. Design your home page
  7. 8. Post <ul><li>A post: “Tweet” </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a post: “Tweeting” </li></ul><ul><li>Methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>via the Web ( </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>via a client (Twhirl) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>via a bookmarklet (TwitThis) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>via e-mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>via IM (twitter) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>via SMS (40404) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog-to-Twitter (twitterfeed) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>URL’s that extend past the 140 character limit are automatically turned into TinyURLs </li></ul>
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  9. 10. Twhirl
  10. 11. Twitter Vista Gadget
  11. 12. TwitThis
  12. 13.
  14. 15. Twitter commands <ul><li>@ username </li></ul><ul><li>d username message </li></ul><ul><li>nudge username </li></ul><ul><li>l: location information </li></ul><ul><li>follow username </li></ul><ul><li>leave username </li></ul><ul><li>block username </li></ul><ul><li>invite phonenumber </li></ul><ul><li>#hashtag </li></ul>
  15. 16. Direct messages
  16. 17. Add friends
  17. 18. Follow your friends <ul><li>Read your friends’ tweets via your Twitter homepage </li></ul><ul><li>Read via a client </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe via RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Receive via IM </li></ul><ul><li>Receive tweets via SMS </li></ul><ul><li>Graphical </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twittervision Twitter/Google Maps mashup </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Uses <ul><li>Ultra simple blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Questions </li></ul><ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Weather </li></ul><ul><li>Presidential Campaigning </li></ul><ul><li>Web site updates </li></ul><ul><li>Conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Humor </li></ul><ul><li>Characters </li></ul>
  19. 20. aadl
  20. 21. NLC Reference
  21. 23. BBC News
  22. 24. Oregon Traffic
  23. 25. Boston Weather
  24. 26. Barack Obama
  25. 27. “ Darth Vader”
  26. 28. A Twitter conversation during the development of this slide show
  27. 32. Searching Twitter Content
  28. 33. Problems <ul><li>Twitterference So many SMS tweets that you can’t make a phone call. </li></ul><ul><li>If it ever goes away, your content is gone </li></ul><ul><li>Considered too distracting by some </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t participate, you won’t get anything out of it </li></ul>
  29. 34. 7 TIPS TO A GOOD TWITTER EXPERIENCE <ul><li>Follow unto others </li></ul><ul><li>@comment others </li></ul><ul><li>Link to your stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t take non-responses personally </li></ul><ul><li>Be patient </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid addiction </li></ul><ul><li>Use your name </li></ul><ul><li>Source: </li></ul>
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  31. 36. Contact Information <ul><li>Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Christa Burns OCLC Member Services Librarian, </li></ul><ul><li>NEBASE / Nebraska Library Commission </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>