An Introduction to Twitter in Higher Education SIGMA event 20/6/14 Liverpool John Moores University

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#LJMUTWT An Introduction to Twitter in Higher Education SIGMA event 20/6/14 Liverpool John Moores University

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Who am I? Alex Spiers Learning Technology Developer

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Overview What is it? Terminology How it is being used? Issues Activities Questions

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Communication http://www.flickr.com/photos/dailypic/1459055735/ Communication

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Happy 6th Birthday

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Terminology & Tasks

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Ten Days of Twitter was originally developed by created by Helen Webster. The materials are available under a Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA. Set up a profile Sending a tweet Following people @messages Embedding and shortening URLs Retweeting Hashtags Managing people (apps to create lists) Managing information (apps to curate links) 9

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Creating an account

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#ff Follow Friday Following & Followers

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Following & Followers Following is trial and error – filter your followers (or interests) regularly

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Sending @ messages Send a Tweet

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The @ sign is used to call out usernames in Tweets, like this: @

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Tweeting Links

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Tweeting URLs Tinyurl.com Goo.gl Owned by Google this will also produce a QR code for your link and if you have a Google+ account, you can track statistics on click-through. This is useful if you’re evaluating publicity strategies for a new web resource or event. Ow.ly You can also add links to photos, files and videos with this site which is useful for spicing up livetweets from conferences or events. Bit.ly You can also track click-throughs with this site. 

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Retweets RT (retweet)

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Re-sharing or giving credit to someone else’s tweet. See also MT (modified tweet) RT (retweet)

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#Hashtags # hash tag (search term)

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The # symbol is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. For example, search for #ljmu # hash tag (search term)

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Managing people in Twitter Managing People

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Block You can Block anyone you don’t want to be following you. Blocking prevents a user from @ message, DM or adding you to a list. It

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Managing information in Twitter Favourites Search Trending Extras - flipboard Managing information

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Favourites Adding a favourite tweet is similar to ‘like’ in Facebook and can be used to bookmark a tweet.

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Blackboard http://bit.ly/XdmMTf

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LJMU guidance

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Understand how public and permanent your online footprint is (Search on Google or www.123people.com) Be aware that your current or future employers could choose to explore that online footprint! Do not say anything online that you would not say face to face Avoid spamming and flaming Be aware that it is easy to misinterpret irony, sarcasm etc… without tone of voice or expressions to guide Consider who you are talking to… Source http://www.slideshare.net/vitaenwhub Netiquette

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Top Tips

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Consider your audience

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It used to be about telling people how good you are, social media allows you to show how good you are…. Be clear about what you are doing

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Be Choosy!

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Reciprocity Help folk Reciprocity Helping others, who will eventually help you. Reciprocity

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LJMU Social Networking Policy http://bit.ly/X9G6AU A to Z of Social Media http://bit.ly/ZBWlVU Oxford University social Media Michelmas http://bit.ly/ZBWA2Z Edudemic introduction to Twitter http://bit.ly/X9Gqzr Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities http://bit.ly/X9GT4G VITAE guide to using twitter http://bit.ly/X9HcfW How to use Tweetdeck http://bit.ly/N8MYX7 BBC Twitter guide to the law http://bbc.in/XyX5x Resources

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@alexgspiers About.me/alex.spiers