10 Days of Twitter UOD Day 5: Shortening URLs

Welcome to day 5 of 10 Days of Twitter for UOD

Todays video is all about how to shorten URLs and what websites are available to help us achieve this for free. 

Even though Twitter automatically shortens the URL, this sometime just isn’t enough. Therefore we might want to shorten it further so there is more room in our 140 character tweet box. 

So what websites can I use to shorten URLs? 

  1. Tinyurl: http://tinyurl.com
  2. goo.gl URLs: Created by  google you can shorten URLs, track analytics and learn more about your audience https://goo.gl
  3. Bit.ly which can also track click-throughs https://bitly.com

So why might we shorten URLs? 

  • A news story
  • A conference or funding call that’s been announced
  • Books or articles 
  • Blog posts 
  • Slides or other material from a presentation from Univeristy 
  • Videos on Youtube or Vimeo, this again could be from University  
  • Your own publications about research 

10 Days of Twitter UOD Day 4: @ Message

Welcome to day 4 of 10 Days of Twitter for UOD. Today we will be discussing @ messages and why you might use them in your Twitter.

Watch the video below to learn about how to compose @messages in your own Twitter account.  

So when might I use @ Messages? 

  • When replying to or responding to a tweets. 
  • Asking a question
  • Message followed accounts that might be interested in certain information 
  • To get attention from an account. An example of this could be , if you retweet one of their tweets or are talking about their work

How do I send @Messages? 

1)You can either simply put @ at the start of your tweet and write the account name. 

2) You can go into a profile and press Tweet To…  which is found under the Bio. By doing this the @name will automatically appear in the tweet box.  

Ten Days of Twitter for Learning Developers was originally adapted from a similar programme for STEM researchers, also created by Helen Webster. The materials are available under a Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA.

Ten Days of Twitter has been adapted by Technology Enhanced Learning for use at UOD, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.

We are extremely grateful for the work put in by Helen Webster, the LD5Digital Things team and the University of Sussex’s Technology Enhanced Learning Team, and for sharing their great resources with the community!

10 Days of Twitter UOD Day 3: Who to Follow

Welcome to Day 3 of 10DoT UOD, today we will show you who to follow in this short video.

How many people you follow is entirely up to you, however you need a sufficient number to ensure a useful stream of content. It is vital to follow relevant people or organisations that link to your topic, as it may give you inspiration for tweets; analysing other accounts. 

 

So who do I follow? 

Here are a list of suggestions to increase your following list.

  1. Celebrities or well known people in the media that share the same interests
  2. Professional Bodies For updates about events, news, policy, or funding opportunities. Follow Institutes or Colleges representing your discipline
  3. Charities 
  4. Colleagues or Student peers
  5. Policy makers: Individual politicians or policies that have been created in the UK e.g. Government department for Education. Or even other official bodies. 
  6. Academics this could be from University?  
  7. Businesses related to your profile , for example Samsung if you like technology.  

Remember just because you follow a profile, following is not necessarily reciprocal. Sometimes it can take time to increase your own following. Therefore, posting frequently, writing enriching content as well as concentrating on factors such as the appearance can dramatically impact on the growth of your page.  

 

Ten Days of Twitter for Learning Developers was originally adapted from a similar programme for STEM researchers, also created by Helen Webster. The materials are available under a Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA.

Ten Days of Twitter has been adapted by Technology Enhanced Learningfor use at UOD, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.

We are extremely grateful for the work put in by Helen Webster, the LD5Digital Things team and the University of Sussex’s Technology Enhanced Learning Team, and for sharing their great resources with the community!

10 Days of Twitter UOD Day 2: How to Write a Tweet

Welcome to Day 2! of 10 Days of Twitter for the University of Derby

This video will demonstrate how to produce and write content for your Twitter profile.

Some Examples found in the video:

  1. Write a simple message, this could be about what you are doing and if you are going to any relevant events. 
  2. Crowd Source, asking and engaging our audience in a poll. 
  3.  Using daily Trends to see what people are interested in. Use hashtags and writing content about the top trends from the home page, if they are relevant to you.  
  4. Retweet a piece of content that is appropriate and interesting for your audience. 
  5. Links from a website or page, that you again find is useful and interesting. 

Other examples: 

  1. Live tweet an event, which is tweeted for a certain amount of time. 
  2. Send Direct Messages (DM) to someone privately about your chosen topic. 
  3. @ message directed to someone. Ask someone a question, comment or reply to a tweet. 

Tip: Remember to use hashtags # and @name to connect with other profiles on Twitter in Tweets. 

 

Ten Days of Twitter for Learning Developers was originally adapted from a similar programme for STEM researchers, also created by Helen Webster. The materials are available under a Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA.

Ten Days of Twitter has been adapted by Technology Enhanced Learning for use at UOD, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.

We are extremely grateful for the work put in by Helen Webster, the LD5Digital Things team and the University of Sussex’s Technology Enhanced Learning Team, and for sharing their great resources with the community!

10 Days of Twitter UOD: How to make an account and profile

Welcome to the the 10 Days of Twitter for University of Derby

Over the next 10 working days, we will show you how to create a professional Twitter account/profile, and how to make this effective as as a student or member of staff.

Twitter is a social media platform, that Is well known and used to microblog about various topics. However, many businesses and individuals are using Twitter to established and promote themselves on.  With over 300 million monthly active users on twitter, it can be a useful tool for anyone to use.  

Day 1: How to make a Twitter Profile 

This short video will teach you how to make a Twitter account. With all the basics of how to get started to make your profile look more attractive and professional. Starting a Twitter account can therefore be a useful tool, especially whilst at University, after when you have graduated or even as a member of staff. 

 

Ten Days of Twitter for Learning Developers was originally adapted from a similar programme for STEM researchers, also created by Helen Webster. The materials are available under a Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA.

Ten Days of Twitter has been adapted by Technology Enhanced Learning for use at UOD, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.

We are extremely grateful for the work put in by Helen Webster, the LD5Digital Things team and the University of Sussex’s Technology Enhanced Learning Team, and for sharing their great resources with the community!