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Discovery 2 – Twitter

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It seems that almost everyone is talking and writing about Twitter – so what’s it all about…?

First up, watch this video:

Twitter is by far the most popular example of micro-blogging tools. They are called micro-blogs because they started like mini-blogs – the opportunity to write and publish small snippets of text to share information, ask questions and network with other people. Twitter is a very versatile tool, and people use it for many different reasons, so it has gown beyond this basic definition of micro-blogging.

Twitter can be a bit tricky to try to describe, but it has:

  • elements of email
  • elements of blogs
  • elements of instant messaging, and
  • elements of SMS text services

…without replacing any of those services.

As with all of these online tools, the best way to learn is to jump in and play!

Play

  1. Head to Twitter and register with a username and password. Once you have a Twitter account, please add the account name to the comments section at the end of this blog post.
  2. Now you need some people to follow. Here are a few to get you started. Keep an eye on the comments section on this blog post too.
    Warren http://twitter.com/warrencheetham
    Neal http://twitter.com/nealthorley
    CityLibraries Townsville: http://twitter.com/TownsvilleLib
    Townsville Bulletin http://twitter.com/townsvillebully
    Australian Librarians and libraries – quite a list on this blog post and the comments section
  3. Use Twitter search to find people you might want to follow. Try searching for topics you are interested in, and then following the people who ‘tweet’ about those topics a lot.  Another Twitter search tool worth looking at is Monitter
  4. Write some thoughts about Twitter on your own learning blog. You may want to wait a few days until you’ve played with Twitter for a bit.

Connect

There are many ways that Twitter can help connect people, information and ideas.

Personal – keep up to date with family and friends, share news, organise meetups and parties.

Work – Twitter is used by organisations for media releases and announcements, to share breaking news, to network with other people who share work interests, and to tweet about meetings, workshops and conferences as they are occurring.

When writing this post, I sent a message out on Twitter asking this question:

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Fortunately a lot of my online colleagues replied. Here are some of their opinions to get you thinking about Twitter:twitterreplies

Have fun with Twitter!

– Warren

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May 13, 2009 at 12:48 pm 9 comments

Blogging tips

The blogs are here! A lot of you have jumped right in and started your own learning blog, which is great to see. Be sure to check the ‘Participants‘ page to see the addresses of your colleagues’ blogs. (If your blog is not listed, please let me know).

You may have found that your blog can look and behave differently to someone else’s, even if you are both using the same blogging software. This difference can depend on the blog theme that you choose. Each theme has different settings and tools. You can change these settings at any time by logging in to your blog and checking out all of the options listed. Both Blogger and WordPress call this admin section of your blog the Dashboard.

On Blogger, look in the Layout tab along the top of your screen:bloggerlayout

 

 

 

On WordPress, look for Widgets under the Appearance link on the left hand menu:

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A comment about comments

A feature of blogs is the ability to leave comments at the bottom of posts. (What’s a post? You are reading one now. A post is an individual article or entry on a blog). People who read your blog may be inspired to leave a comment, ask a question, or respond to a comment that someone else has left. You may also reply to these comments with your own comments. To enable this conversation to happen, make sure that you have enabled comments on your blog.

For Blogger, check under the Settings tab (top of page) for a link to Comments, and for WordPress users, look for the Discussion link under Settings (left hand menu)

It is also wise to moderate comments. You are familiar with getting spam email – it is common for these same people and companies to leave spam comments on your blog. When you set your comments to be moderated, each time someone leaves a comment you will receive an email asking you to approve it for publication on your blog, or to delete the comment. It’s very easy to use and highly recommended.

– Warren

May 13, 2009 at 10:15 am Leave a comment


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Acknowledgement

Learning 2.0 is a discovery learning program created by Helene Blowers. Content and style for CityLibrariesLearning has been borrowed and duplicated with permission, under a Creative Commons License.
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Content has also been borrowed and duplicated under Creative Commons Licenses, from All together Now by the School Library Journal and Michael Stephens and 23 Things on a Stick
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