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Twitter and Microblogs

Added by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN , last edited by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN on Mar 01, 2010 11:34


Twitter and Microblogs


What is a microblog? What is Twitter?

Just as a blog is an easy means of communicating one person's message out to an audience of many subscribers, a microblog is a means of sending your message to many subscribers. The difference is microblog messages are much, much smaller.

Microblogs, such as Twitter, limit users to a number of characters, so the entries are shorter and more frequent. Microbloggers can use the Twitter Web page, a cell phone, or other third-party software to enter their messages to their subscribers, or followers.

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How are people using Twitter? Why should I use it?

People are using Twitter in a number of ways:

  • Enjoying everyday chit-chat.
  • Posing a question to a large audience.
  • Sharing links and pictures of interest immediately.
  • Discussing a conference or presentation as it happens.
  • Monitoring what people on Twitter are saying about a product, service, institution, etc. (And possibly responding to provide good customer service!)

There are a number of reasons why Twitter could be useful to you:

  • You can feel like people at another location are right in your office (eg. colleagues from other campus locations).
  • You can pose a question to a large group of people and get nearly immediate feedback.
  • You can share notes, solicit feedback, and report on the aggregated results.
  • You can promote events at your work to a larger audience.

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Making Twitter Work for You

A lot of people try Twitter an give up.  To make Twitter work for you, you need these key things:

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I'm ready to give Twitter a try. Now what?

Read the Using Twitter instructions to set up an account and install the third-party application of your choice.

Then, if you would like to be introduced to the community of PSU and HigherEd Twitter users, add NikkiMK as a follower and introduce yourself. I'll be happy to let my followers know you are out there!

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