What is Twitter?
- Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service.
- Twitter enables users to send and read 140 character long “tweets” (text-based messages.
- Tweets are delivered to the author’s subscribers known as followers.
- Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) on mobile devices etc.
- Ranked 2nd on the Web for page views by Alexa
- Search Twitter on a topic of interest
Visit the Site: http://www.twitter.com
Twitter at USD
- Twitter has high use on campuses, but not by undergraduate students. They are on Facebook, and SMS messaging.
- Faculty and graduate students are more likely to be using Twitter.
- Twitter tends to be used by organizations such as the Chronicle for Higher Learning and individuals.
- The following are well-known as educational "Twitterers" :
- Sarah Evans, director of public relations at Elgin Community College-Social media in public relations
- Jay Rosen, associate professor of journalism at New York University – Future of Journalism
- Howard Rheingold, a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley
- Dr. Ron, Professor of Communication and Researcher of Popular Culture
Examples of academic use:
Why do I want it?
Twitter is well-known for its ability to deliver newsworthy events at near real-time speeds. Here are a few benefits of Twitter use:
- Can't attend a conference or event? Follow those that are and you can feel as if you're almost there.
- Have a cell phone and message plan? Quickly send and recieve messages (tweets) while on the go.
- Gain a following by posting insightful updates on topics that concern you.
- Post event information, developing news, opinions and current happenings for group members and public.
How do I get it?
Joining Twitter is easy. Simply go to the Web site, http://www.twitter.com or from USD's page: http://twitter.com/uofsandiego, click on Join Today, and follow the steps necessary to create a free account.
If you are interested in further the tutorials below to help you get started see the tutorial within the next section below.
How Do I get Help or Information?
For a simple beginners tutorial, visit the "Newbie's guide to Twitter"
Search Twitter on a topic of interest
Create a free Twitter account
Contact the iTeam for additional assistance