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This is a short presentation I did for my class IST 561 Internet and Information Access @SUNY Albany. I was talking to a room of graduate students (Information Science). Not one of which uses Twitter. My goal was to introduce the utility of Twitter in Academia and Librarianship. Thanks to Max Wilson and Joe Murphy for being my exemplar examples.


  • 1. TWITTER: To Tweet or Not to Tweet By Catherine L. Dumas IST 561 SUNY Albany 11/10/2010

2. WHAT IS TWITTER? Social networking and micro-blogging service Founded byJack Dorsey, Biz Stone & Evan Williamsin March 2006 (launched publicly in July 2006) o Allows users to post their latest updates - limited by 140 characters Updates are posted through web form, text message, or instant message. Over 190 billion visitors monthly - FB 500 million active users Twitter: "a short burst of inconsequential information," & "chirps from birds." Jack Dorsey 3. TERMINOLOGY Following: you follow people you are interested in Tweet: an individual message @username: start a message with this - link to the person you want to tweet to DM, or direct message: Private tweets no one else can read but you RT, or retweet: share cool ideas, shout-out to people you respect Trending Topics: Most mentioned terms on Twitter at that moment break news ahead of mainstream media 4. Hashtag (#): fields created by users to categorize messages (eg #ASIST2010) ALA -hashtags Tweetup: in-person gathering organized via Twitter spontaneous Shortened URLs: Twitter automatically shortens long URLs - so they fit Yeah, so how does Twitter work? 5. o Twitter in Plain English @Cathy2cool Tweetdeck 6. CATHY2COOLS TWEETDECK 7. WHAT DO PEOPLE TWEET? Content of Tweets according to Pear Analytics News Spam Self-promotion Pointless babble Conversational Pass-along value 8. Dr. MAX WILSON, Prof, Swansea Univ. UK TWITTER IN ACADEMIA o Why Max Tweets o To engage with my international research community To bounce ideas, or things that are too small to blog about yet To share new publications of mine, as they get accepted To keep up with buzzes in my research areas Maxs Advice for New Tweeters Start seeing who the major peeps in your research area are tweeting, see what they are tweeting about Start responding to them with intelligent comments/questions Start tweeting intelligent, research oriented things yourself and hopefully have them comment on you. 9. THE INNOVATIVE LIBRARIAN I MET AT ALA THIS SUMMER, WHO GOT ME INTERESTED IN TWITTER Joe Murphy, Science Librarian 10. So, to Tweet or Not to Tweet? Are there any other questions? The End 11. REFERENCES