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Twitter 101:ONLINE 2009:

Twitter 101:ONLINE 2009 Phil Bradley @ Philbradley

What is Twitter?:

What is Twitter?

What does it look like?:

What does it look like?

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Page Elements:





Search, lists, trends:

Search, lists, trends

How can librarians use Twitter?:

How can librarians use Twitter? Allows you to keep in contact with colleagues, to see what they're doing, what their interests are, read their opinions/thoughts/ideas

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Keep informed about developments from publishers; both in terms of what they're publishing, but also events they're running

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You can promote what your library service is doing. Attract new users, offer gifts or incentives, increase awareness and have fun!

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Provide instant answers and point people in the right direction

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Follow links to events, keep briefed on current affairs

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Use Twitter as an RSS reader to keep up to date with blog entries

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Share photographs quickly and easily, especially if using a smartphone

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Ask questions using polls, Re-Tweet for maximum results

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Keep involved with conferences even if you can’t attend them with 3 rd party sites

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Add short (3 minute) audio posts using Audioboo and add in a photograph as well!

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Broaden your knowledge of a subject by following the right people/organizations

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Ask questions! Answer questions!

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Find new people to follow using Twitter search or 3 rd party sites like WeFollow

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Communicate more effectively Discuss events as they happen Send people Direct Messages

Follow authors:

Follow authors

Follow dead people:

Follow dead people

And more...:

And more... Networking, both professional, friend to friend News: new books, closing early, new staff Marketing tool Broadcasting content Updating a website via Twitter


Advantages Free Fast Simple Effective Brevity ‘Always on’ Instant information


Disadvantages Media hype ‘Fail Whale’ Brevity (what can you say in 140 characters?) Small number of users Spam 3 rd party applications Viruses

Good practices: profile:

Good practices: profile

Name and avatar:

Name and avatar

Location, Address, Biography:

Location, Address, Biography



Other (better?) interfaces:

Other (better?) interfaces



What Twitter is NOT::

What Twitter is NOT: A time sink (unless you have time to spare) Mr S Fry’s private playground About breakfast/lunch/dinner Ego boosting twaddle

Twitter Search:

Twitter Search

Twitter Search:

Twitter Search

Twitter Search:

Twitter Search

But wait!:

But wait! There’s more...

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