Monday, July 7, 2008

Week 8: Microblogs

7 Things You Should Know About Twitter (PDF), by Educause Learning Initiative

Twitter in Plain English, by Common Craft


  1. Use your browser to go to Either Internet Explorer or Firefox will work.

  2. Create an account by clicking the green 'Get Started -- Join!' button.

  3. If you want to you can then find people you know on Twitter by searching your email contacts.

  4. Tell Twitter what you're doing

  5. Find the NEIU Library and start following our updates.

  6. Add a Twitter badge to the sidebar of your blog.

Want to find other people or organizations to follow?

  • Try Summize to find Twitter posts (i.e. "tweets") by keyword. Then follow the author.

  • Sign up for TweetBeep to be notified when someone tweets on a topic.

  • Read your news through Twitter. These news services post tweets when breaking news stories happen.

Find more cool Twitter applications on the Twitter Fan Wiki.

As with all of the tools we've examined so far, Twitter is not the only microblogging service out there. Take a look at:

Also, many social networks have incorporated microblogging (or status updates) into their sites. You can update on Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Plaxo...What a hassle to update all of these! Do it all in one place with

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