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« on: July 19, 2009, 04:13:45 PM »
For all things Twitter
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Re: Twitter
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2009, 04:39:33 PM »
What's Twitter?

(PS: That's not an entirely facetious question. I'm not sure Twitter is turning out to be exactly what its creators had in mind.)

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Re: Twitter
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2009, 04:44:46 PM »
Ha! We just got teh little turquoise t at our place yesterday. I nagged.  ;)

I only just figured out how useful the search function is. That's the one signified by # in front of a term, like #TorStarFAIL, already immortalized by our own mattt with three tees, or #torture, which has a lot of great political stuff but also a few bondage ads -- #guantanamo, #detainees, and #Khadr are actually more practical. It's great because you can get sources from all kinds of people you don't know, haven't "friended," the way you do on Facebook -- just people who are interested in the stuff you are.

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Re: Twitter
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2009, 07:06:20 PM »
Skdadl: Those # are called ''hash tags''
#sgp is ''Smart Girl Politics'' for right-wing ladies

I put together a bunch of useful Twitter links when I gave a seminar on it at The Star.
I will cut and paste them here. I don't have time right now to make them all clickable. Sorry.


TWITTER FOR DUMMIES

http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/03 ... g-twitter/
http://mashable.tumblr.com/post/77469016 (video)

HASHTAGS (eg. #IranElection)

http://hashtags.org/
http://p2pt0.wetpaint.com/page/Hashtags?t=anon
http://wthashtag.com/Main_Page
http://cantags.pbworks.com/
http://twitter.pbworks.com/Hashtags
http://mashable.com/2009/05/17/twitter-hashtags/

FOR JOURNOS (How to make the most of it)

http://mashable.com/2009/05/14/twitter-journalism/
http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2009/06/r ... er170.html
http://bit.ly/SYkkB

SEARCH

http://www.twitterpowersystem.com/blog/ ... echniques/

BACKGROUNDS (To pimp your profile page)

http://www.twitbacks.com/
http://www.twitterimage.com/gallery/category/free/

ART OF THE TWEET (*MUST READ*)

http://modelsupplies.wordpress.com/2009 ... ter-guide/
http://www.randsinrepose.com/archives/2 ... tweet.html
http://www.balkhis.com/twitter/ultimate ... ter-users/ (RTs/Retweets)
http://www.straight.com/article-207389/ ... -etiquette

CLOUT & PRESENCE

http://www.problogger.net/archives/2008 ... -presence/
http://blog.mrtweet.net/7-habits-of-hig ... ris-colvin


TWEETDECK (for those who really want to get into it)

http://tweetdeck.com/beta/
http://jessenewhart.com/twitter/how-to- ... ck-tricks/
http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/tutorials ... save-time/

TOOLS (For the obsessed)

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03 ... lications/
http://bit.ly/

POLITICAL/JOURN FOLLOWS

http://politwitter.ca/
http://www.davidakin.com/politicaltwits/
http://mrtweet.com/
http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/developme ... followers/
http://www.twitterpowersystem.com/blog/ ... -it-works/
http://www.exectweets.com/
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Re: Twitter
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2009, 07:59:53 AM »
Thanks, Antonia. That saves me from spending a lot of time reinventing the wheel.   :mrgreen:

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Re: Twitter
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2009, 02:25:36 PM »
Twitter represents the first instance in my life heretofore that makes me feel technologically outdated. When Facebook arrived, I was a bit crusty and curmudgeonly about it ('ha! These "friends" aren't even really "friends! What's with that!') but soon I became a full-fledged user, naturalized and native. Now I even text my as-hip friends unfettered and without regret. Twitter, though, even when it was clear that the kids were going to dig this thing, I pretended it didn't really exist in the way that it existed. I don't know if it was suspicion, but it was something alright, something awry.

But then young at heart and mostly young in knees, I took the plunge. And holy crap am I overwhelmed. What do you do with this thing? Who would care about it anyway? How do you keep up with the 'perts (mattt and Antonia, I am looking in your virtual directions) and the strange, anachronistic ASCII characters I have not seen since I first looked on in awe at my friend typing away on Telix and his 14400 bpm modem. #wtf.

So I got an account, sure. But it's sitting in the basement with my father's old dot-matrix printer and the Apple IIe, about as much use to these old bones as a boxset of Stephanie Meyer novels and a gift certificate to H&M.

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Re: Twitter
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2009, 03:01:05 PM »
Catchfire, I have no idea WTF you just said. I am a technotard.

My reasons for Tweeting:

1. It's a powerful news source, faster than anything.
When Tiller was shot, I was able to blog it before AP moved a half-decent story. That's because of the people in the clinic/choice network whom I follow.

2. It works as a search engine.
#Tiller that day, especially cross-searched with #prochoice, kept me up to the minute with no chaff in the wheat.

3. I tweet my blog posts, which ups the hits.

4. I have made incredible pals all over the world.
Long after you people have hit the hay, I am tweeting and relating to people with interesting things to say in real time.

The thing about Twitter is that it has a different use for each person. For some it is not useful at all.
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Re: Twitter
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2009, 03:19:58 PM »
Oh I have no doubt that twitter is useful and valuable. Actually, I'm being a bit dishonest because I do follow a lot of stories tweeted by the folk I follow (Antonia=exhibit A). I'm just saying that I have no idea how to use it myself, or rather, become overwhelmed at the prospect. What do I tweet? What do I retweet? To whom? For what? I'm not saying these questions don't have answers--in fact, I know they do--it's just that I don't know what they are.

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Re: Twitter
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2009, 07:55:51 AM »
Catchfire, do you know that there actually is a #wtf ? (No ? on the hash tag. Or maybe there's another that has one -- lol.)

Lots of German tweets when I was there, and a few French. I have this image of all kinds of Germans wandering around thinking wtf?  :mrgreen:

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Re: Twitter
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2009, 07:40:53 AM »
How do you capture or link to an individual tweet on this board or on a blog?

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Re: Twitter
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2009, 08:12:05 AM »
Will return to discuss this topic more in depth (since I seem to have developed somewhat of a reputation ;)  :mrgreen: ). For now, lemme answer the following from skskskdadl:

Quote from: skdadl
How do you capture or link to an individual tweet on this board or on a blog?

Ok, let's take this tweet from Lucinda Marshall of Feminist Peace Network as an example:

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Fempeace rt @IAmDrTiller Threats, Restrictions Impose Severe Obstacles 4 Abortion Providers, Women Seeking Abortions http://git.to/9rg #feminist

half a minute ago from web

The bolded portion is always a url to the individual tweet.

HTH. :)
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Re: Twitter
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2009, 08:25:15 AM »
Magic!   :mrgreen:

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Re: Twitter
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2009, 11:54:25 AM »
Mattt taught me that too.
It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity. It is when we all play safe that fatality will lead us to our doom. It is in the "dark shade of courage" alone that the spell can be broken.
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Re: Twitter
« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2009, 06:39:33 PM »

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Re: Twitter
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2009, 03:03:11 PM »
Seen on Twitter. When parents have more money than sense.  :roll:

http://ow.ly/iq3L
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