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Using Twitter. Be mature about it. Pick a user name Don’t be silly Consider using your real name Don’t tweet anything you wouldn’t say to your mother or your boss

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be mature about it
Be mature about it
  • Pick a user name
    • Don’t be silly
    • Consider using your real name
  • Don’t tweet anything you wouldn’t say to your mother or your boss
  • Use a real picture of yourself, and not one of you with a keg in it. You can be casual but don’t be “Joe College Student” on Twitter

Use a real location

    • Don’t be cute
  • Write a real bio
    • Tell people you are a college student
    • Specify the university. Not MSU – that can mean Montana State University, Minnesota State University, etc. Say Michigan State University
    • Tell your major
    • You can talk about yourself, but stay away from religion and politics
uses for twitter
Uses for Twitter
  • Share links to items of interest to your network
  • Re-distribute content from blog, web site
  • Get Feedback
  • Read News
  • Event Updates
  • Provide Live coverage
  • Crowd-source questions and answers
  • Promote specific content
don ts
  • Do not link to your Facebook profile unless there is NOTHING on it you wouldn’t show to your boss, grandparents or instructors
  • Don’t protect your updates. If you want to be private, stay off Twitter
follow and be followed
Follow and be followed
  • Look for professionals in your field
  • Look for professors in your field; they are likely to tweet things relevant to college students
  • Look at who the good twitter users follow. Then follow the good ones.
  • Add a few media outlets
the basics
The basics
  • Update: Your tweet to the your Twitter universe
  • Reply: To reply to something someone tweets, click the curvy “reply” arrow. It will start your tweet with the @ symbol and that person’s user name
  • Retweet: Copy someone else’s tweet (or hit the retweet button) and add RT to the front with an @before their name.
  • Direct Message: Private messages between you and someone else who is following you
using lists
Using Lists
  • Organize the people you follow
  • The “groups” feature for Twitter
  • Creating a list
    • Click on new list link
    • Name the list: The name is also used for your list’s URL, which will be “”
    • Make it public or private
      • Public mans anyone can see it, anyone can follow
      • Private: Only you can see the list. Not even those on the list can see it
    • Add a description to the list

Each list is currently limited to 500 people

  • Users may create a maximum of 20 lists
  • Add users to your lists by going to their profile page, or from a following page
  • Manage your lists in the right-hand navigation of Twitter
the hash tag
The # (Hash tag)
  • Keep track of multi-party conversations or posts from an event
  • You can search for all posts from that event or conversation using that #, like #
twitter tools
Twitter tools
  • Tweetdeck
    • Good way to organize your tweets and send them
    • Allows you to send to Facebook at the same time
    • Can have more than one twitter account
  • Tweetmeme
    • Hottest links on Twitter at
  • Bingtweets: Trending topics on Twitter
twitter sites for journalists
Twitter sites for journalists
  • Muck Rack: Follow journalists on Twitter
  • 15 Social Media Twitter lists from Mashable
  • 10 journalists you should follow on Twitter
more twitter resources
More Twitter resources
  • Top 7 mistakes new Twitter users make
  • Trendistic: Graphing trends in twitter
  • Twitter search
  • 15 Twitter directories compared on
  • Tweets, like blog posts and comments, are indexed on search engines. So, don’t send any Twitter messages that you wouldn’t want your mother, your employer, or your who-knows-who to read either now or in the future.

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