Twitter Primer

by Bitsy Griffin

Twitter is a social networking site. Its uniqueness is found in it’s very short posts called Tweets. Here’s an example of one from the New York Public Library:

nypl tweet

We can share little bits of stand alone information or we can have longer conversations.

If you are already a Twitter pro, then head on over to the next page, Let’s Talk! If you want a little more help, I’ll walk you through some of the basics below.

Set up an account.

First, you’ll need a Twitter account. Go to where you’ll see this login/signup box.

twitter login

If you think you signed up for a twitter account ages ago and never used it, go ahead and click the button for forgot your password. If the email you want to use now is not in the system, they’ll let you know, and you can set up a new account with it.

bitsy 2015You can add pictures and backgrounds if you want, but you don’t have to be in a hurry. The one thing that is really nice is a picture that you can use consistently. I used a picture of me on my personal account. Don’t feel like you have to put your face out there though. A picture of your cat or dog or school will work! Just put a picture with your account so people will start to recognize your tweets!

Tweet Something!

tweet buttonIn the upper right hand corner of my screen is the little picture of me and a tweet button.

Click on the Tweet button for the text box.
compose new tweet

The hardest part at times is deciding which 140 characters I want to use.  What in the world do I want to say to other librarians and educators?

When I’m finished typing in the box, I’ll hit the Tweet button in the bottom right corner and wait for it to show up.

tweet 1

Here it is as a published Tweet tweet 1 published

Conversing with Others

The problem is, I haven’t communicated with anyone. We can fix that in a couple of ways. I’m going to let some people and topic/groups know I’m talking by tagging a couple of people and using a hashtag (#).  I’m going to add my partners for this venture @Librarian_Crys & @LisaMilstead. You can tag anyone, but you are still limited to the 140 characters. You can also add a topic using a hashtag. We started a group for Forsyth County Teacher Librarians as #fctlchat.

Here’s my new tweet:

tweet 2

tweet 2 published

Now Crystal, Lisa, and anyone checking #fctlchat know that I’ve added new content to the webpage.

I’ll add more information later about how responding to tweets and retweeting. In the meantime, if you have any questions, send out a tweet to @bitsygriffin!


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