1. Activity 21) If you arent already signed up to Twitter, use the step-by-step guide overleaf to create a Twitter account and start Tweeting! Dont worry about picking the perfect twitter username or writing the perfect short bio today you can always amend these in the future!2) Make your first Tweet and include the hashtag #DUOct2012 Dont worry about it being profound! You can just say hello!3) Start following people - Click on the hashtag#DUOct2012 in your first tweet to see who else has tweeted using that #DUOct2012 and start following other people in this session. - Try searching for tweets using some keywords using the search bar at the top of the screen (eg, type in ) - Try following some of the Tweeters listed under the Twitter list weve created.
2. Creating your Twitter Account1. Go to http://twitter.com and find the sign up box.2. In the New to Twitter?Sign upbox, enter your full name, email address, and a password.3. Click Sign up for Twitter.4. On the next page, you can select a username (usernames are unique identifiers on Twitter) type your own and Twitter will check to see if that username is available.Picking your Twitter usernameYour username is the name is theidentifier other Twitter users will seeyou as, and to whom your followerscan address messages and tweets. 5. Double-check your name, emailaddress, password, and username.Usernames must be fewer than 15characters in length and cannot6. Click Create my account.contain "admin" or "Twitter", in order 7. Twitter will send a confirmationto avoid brand confusion.email to the address you enteredYou can change your username at a on sign up, click the link in thatemail to confirm your email addresslater date.and account.8. You have now created your Twitter account! Return to http://twitter.com and logion if prompted.9. From the drop down menu in the top right of the screen, click on settings.10. From the options on the left of the screen, click onProfile. You will now be presented with a screenwhere you can include a short 160 character bio(think about using keywords, rather than fullsciences). Remember to Save your changes.11. You can use the Design link on the left of the screento change the background or look/feel of your profilepage. 3. Making the most of TwitterMaking your tweets effective is not about spelling and grammar it is aboutaudience, signposting and visibility.##hashtags identify the subject/context of your tweet. They allow you to join in particular conversations you can easily click on a #hashtag to see everyone else currently using the same #hashtag. Very useful for: specific topics, scheduled discussions, conferences Eg#OAWeek, #phdchat, #vitae12urlIf you are talking about something you wish people to see, something you have found or something you want opinions on include a link to where they can find it!!! Twitter will automatically shorten most urls, although can still be tricky. Use something like http://tinyurl.com/ or https://bitly.com/ if you are having problems shortening a url down enough@Use @ and their username to mention someone in your tweet. You can use this to flag something for their attention, reply to something they have said or to promote them to others. Important to engage with other twitter users not just post information.