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UQ Library LibInform: Twitter
Transcript of UQ Library LibInform: Twitter
Twitter Setting up
an account Posting Following Personalising
and Privacy Addins and Extras Real Examples
from our Panel... More Information What and Why? Twitter is "microblogging" - Short (140 character) posts, easy to update
networking - personal/professional
news - news services, companies, specialist topics, celebrities
communication - personal/professional
sharing - links, ideas, questions, answers, jokes
Your username is your twitter "handle"
People will speak to you with this
e.g. @username Who could you follow? Following:
sign up to the tweets
of people when you want to see everything they tweet. Find them on Twitter and
Click to follow 140 character limit Tips:
Use shortening lingo (e.g. def = definitely, thx = thanks)
Use a URL shortener to shorten your links (e.g. bit.ly)
Reply or direct a post to someone or mention them - use @ (e.g. @uqlibrary) DM - Direct Message:
A private message nobody other than you and the user you message can see (they must follow you to view it) Retweet (or RT) - forward something
someone else has said to all your followers
e.g. RT @ALIAAccess: Where is the best place to dine in Brisbane? Hashtags - mark your tweet as being
about a particular subject.
Can be standard and set (e.g. for an event #aliaaccess)
or made up for fun (e.g. #librariansrule)
Letters and numbers only
e.g. Please share your ideas on the #aliaaccess wiki: http://bit.ly/alXNLC Posting Photos (more on that in a minute!) Give yourself a profile photo
photo of yourself
photo of something representing you
note - no copyright images! Privacy - Public or Private Account?
Public = anyone can follow you and see your tweets. Your tweets will show up in searches. e.g. @naomidoessel
Private = only those whose follower requests you approve can see your tweets. Your tweets won't show up in searches even if you use hashtags. e.g. @nomesd - private accounts have locks on them, have to request to follow So should you have a private account?
Or one of each for different purposes? How else could you find people to follow?
-> Search for a topic to see who's writing and what they're saying! External sites e.g blogs may have a
link to take you to the writer's
Twitter account to follow them
there. Extra software to make Twitter a better experience to suit you: Tweetdeck Foursquare Tweetphoto TwitterBar There are many other apps
available to use with Twitter! Lots of apps for iPhone/iPod Touch Personalise your background:
select one of Twitter's pre-set themes,
grab one from a gallery, or generate your own online http://twitter.com/help/
Commoncraft video "Twitter in Plain English" on YouTube
"List of Twitter services and applications" on Wikipedia
Get in touch with your panellists!
@uqkeithw Libraries/Universities/UQ School's public accounts e.g. @UQLibrary, @librarycongress, @nlagovau, @uqtourism, @UQMedicine
Library/Technology associations e.g. @ALIANational, @IOGAU (Information Online Group Australia)
Vendors/companies e.g. @ProQuest, @elsevierscience, @oldspice
News Services e.g. @bbcnews, @tennewsqld, @AgribizNews
Celebrities - @stephenfry, @neilhimself (Neil Gaiman), @britneyspears, @JuliaGillard and many, many more.
Fake Celebrities - @MrsStephenFry, @alberteinstein, @DarthVadar, @KevinRuddExPM and many, many more.
Real-life friends & colleagues e.g. @uqkeithw, @naomidoessel
Library/Technology Movers and Shakers e.g. @jessamyn (Jessamyn West), @mstephens7 (Michael Stephens), @davidleeking, @paulhagon Kathryn Greenhill from Librarians Matter has a good summary of the public/private divide