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Twitter Talk
Michael Rees

School of IT

What is Twitter?
 Twitter

is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length http://dotdolfin.com for more details
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Twitter Features
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140-character limit

Sent/received from web, client or mobile
Create a set of followers Send replies Send direct messages Open API

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Where does Twitter sit?

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Twitter.com

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Twitter Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSHvikBuv3Y&eurl=http ://dotdolfin.com/twitter/twitter-on-video/

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Twitter Badge
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Choose photo carefully

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Sending Tweets
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Regular tweets of 140 characters

Replies: start with @username
Direct 1-to-1 messages: start with d username

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Tag a tweet with a hashtag: #bushfires
http://dotfolfin.com/twitter becomes a link

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Followers
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Choose wisely

About 150 max: Dunbar’s number

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The Twitterverse

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Twitter in Education
Twitter for Academia
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Class chatter both inside (if allowed) and outside: often only tangentially related Classroom community carries on into the real world A sense of the world: check the public tweet timeline but beware of obscene language Track a word: use Twitter search to follow discussion about a topic over time (word has to be relatively uncommon) Follow a professional or famous person: use Twitter search or actually follow them Get instant feedback: ask a question and often receive many answers quickly Public notepad: share ideas while planning, creating

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Twitter Practical
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Sign up: see http://dotdolfin.com/twitter/starting-withtwitter/ Follow: BondClassFeb09 Follow your fellow classmates as they are known

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Wrap-up
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Twitter has about 5 million users

According to Martin Weller Twitter is:  A digital water cooler  A stream you dip into  A cocktail party  A virtual office  What knowledge management always wanted to be  Networking for Agoraphobics
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