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One Week of Twitter :: #FYE1220

May 27, 2010
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Our One Week of Twitter assignment begins on Monday, June 7, and will end at midnight on Sunday, June 13. Your blog post about this experience count as Blog Post #4 for this class.

First, Learn a Bit About Twitter

  1. Watch Twitter in Plain English.
  2. Listen to my Twitter: What’s in it for me? presentation.
  3. Read 10.5 Ways for PR Students to Get the Most Out of Twitter. (Though this is written with public relations students in mind, you will benefit from it, too.)
  4. Listen to Laura Fitton discuss Twitter for Business (optional).

Then, Set Up Your Twitter Account

  1. Go to Twitter. Click Get Started, and sign up. I prefer it if you use some version of your first and last name as your Twitter ID. (Avoid putting numbers in your Twitter ID, or you may appear like a spammer.)
  2. Upload a photo or avatar (under Settings / Profile).
  3. Write a brief (140-character or fewer) bio. It’s good to mention that you’re a GSU student.
  4. Send a tweet saying “I’m a student in @barbaranixon’s #FYE1220 class”. Be sure to include the #FYE1220 indicator, with no spaces between the hashtag (#), letters and numbers.
  5. If you haven’t already done so, complete my form that tells me your Twitter username before midnight on Monday, June 7.

Setting Up Your Following List

  1. Follow all of the people or organizations in my Twitter Starter Pack for FYE Students.
  2. Follow all of the people in our FYE 1220 class by visiting TweepML and clicking the Follow link at the bottom of the page.
  3. Follow as many other people as you choose.

Using Twitter

  1. Over the course of the next week, send at least twenty tweets (Twitter messages of 140 characters or less). Tip: Rather than tweeting that you’re having ramen for lunch, instead consider what might be of interest to your classmates and followers. Perhaps point others to something interesting or funny you read online. Share a fact you learned in a class. Maybe you could even pose a question that you’d like others to answer.
  2. In addition to the twenty tweets that you originate, respond to at least five of your classmates’ tweets. To respond, click on the arrow after a tweet. Or you can type the @ symbol followed immediately by a username (such as @barbaranixon).

Additional Information

  1. Review my tips on how college students can use Twitter to their advantage and Choosing Whom to Follow on Twitter: My Strategy.
  2. Review Prof. Sam Bradley’s College Student’s Guide: Twitter 101.
  3. I find using the web interface for Twitter to be clunky. I prefer using TweetDeck, a free Adobe Air app that works great on PCs and Macs.
  4. I’ll occasionally post information on Twitter and use the hashtag for your class (either #FYE1220). By using this hashtag, I’m indicating that I want students in this class to pay special attention to the tweet.
  5. OPTIONAL: If you’d like to publicize your blog posts via Twitter, you can it automatically in WordPress.

Blog About Your Experience

After the week is over, add a 250-word (minimum) post to your blog about the experience and what you got out of it. Include a link to your Twitter profile in the post (here’s mine). Be sure to include at least one way you might find value in continuing your account in Twitter. Your blog post about this experience count as Blog Post #4, and it’s due by 4:45 on June 18.

Questions? Just send me a DM (direct message) or an @ (reply) in Twitter!

NOTE: Many thanks to Kaye Sweetser and Karen Russell for their ideas prompting this assignment.

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