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Using Twitter

Added by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN , last edited by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN on Jan 05, 2010 13:41


Using Twitter

Signing Up for Twitter

To sign up for a Twitter account, do the following:

  1. Go to http://twitter.com.
  2. Click on Get Started---Join!
  3. Create a Username and Password.
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    Tip: I recommend trying the same username you use for IM, email or other communication applications so that people know how to find you. You password can be something different.

  4. Supply your Email and fill in the Humanness field by reading or hearing the garbled text to prove you are a person and not a "bot" completing the form.
  5. Click I accept. Create my account.
  6. To add friends and adjust your personal settings to Twitter you'll need to go to back in to http://twitter.com and sign in with your Username and Password.
  7. Search for your friends with the Search field at the top, and then click Follow once you find them. Once they Follow you, you'll be able to see their "tweets".
  8. Change your personal settings, like your personal information, password and security preferences, by clicking the Settings button at the top. Click the various tabs, update information, and Save.
  9. Some of your friends may be looking you up in Twitter and requesting to follow you. Check for follower requests by checking the People section on the lower right-hand corner for the new follower requests link.

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Tweeting

You can tweet via the Twitter Website or via a third-party application (recommended).  Twitbin, TweetDeck, and Twhirl work like chat clients, but...

  • your "tweets" are limited to 140 characters, and
  • by default, your tweets are sent out publicly to everyone who follows you.

Character Limit

  1. Don't waste words; send a link instead! If you have a blog, blog it, then send out the URL via Twitter.
  2. Shorten your link with TinyURL or Snurl.  Copy a really long URL and paste it into TinyURL.  You will get a much smaller URL that fits withing the 140-character limit!
  3. Send your pictures via TwitPic.  You can upload your pictures to TwitPic and tweet them out to your followers.

Tweets are Public

  1. Replies: Use "@" to reply to or to refer to another twitterer publicly, as in @ULibsFan1.
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    Tip: Don't be afraid of replying to some of your conversations publicly if they are not of a sensitive nature. Seeing half of a conversation and allowing people to see yours, makes people curious to join in and expand lists of followers.

  2. Direct Messages: Use "d " to Direct Message someone for a private one-on-one tweet, as in d ULibsFan1.

Twitter is Social

Imagine that Twitter is physical gathering instead of a social one (i.e. a dinner party, a conference, etc.).  If Twitter is a social gathering and you and I already know one another then:

  • @you - is what a say to you (or about you) loud enough that you or anyone else can join in and become part of the conversation
  • @you @him - is what i say when i want to talk to (or about) you and him so that we can all converse publicly
  • d you - is something I whisper or leave the room to say privately to you

Keep in mind that the point of any social gathering is to meet new people, to network.  So if you are always whispering or leaving the room and chatting prviately (eg. "d you"), you aren't really networking. 

If you really want to become a social butterfly, you should meet new people by trying something like this:

  • Friend of a friend.  If a friend is replying to someone you don't know, but the topic is something that interests you, reply and begin following the friend of a friend.
  • Hastags. Find events and topics that interest you.  Use hashtags to become part of the conversation and follow people who are part of the discussion.

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