TwitterMicroblogging keeps even the smallest groups informed.

Have you ever wanted to take a quick class poll, or update students about a schedule change with ease?   Maybe you’d like a collaborative place for students to exchange ideas.  Maybe you’re adventurous enough to incorporate text messages into some instruction.  If any of these ideas sound interesting to you, microblogging may hold the key to implementing them in the classroom.
Join staff from the Multimedia Lab to explore Twitter on Wednesday, February 24th at 11:00 a.m. and Friday, February 26th at 2:00 p.m.
Last week we discussed the surge in information sharing via weblogs, or blogs, when we introduced Posterous as a blogging platform.  This week, we’ll introduce blogging’s younger sibling, microblogging, in its most popular form, twitter.
Twitter was conceived by Jack Dorsey in 2006 and was originally designed to be a SMS, or text message sharing service for small groups.  Mobile access has always been at the core of Twitter’s business model, and continues to play a large part in its growth.
So what is microblogging?
As we discussed last week, blogging is a way to share information on the internet in the form of posts to a website.  Microblogging follows the same concept, but each post is very limited in size.  In the case of twitter, that size is 140 characters.  This small message size requires each post, or “tweet” in twitter parlance, to get straight to the point.  Also, the small size means each message can be transmitted in a single text message. How does twitter work?
  • The real benefit of twitter is the many ways in which it can be accessed.
  • Through the Web – Logon to to get started
  • By text messages – Send a message to 40404 to tweet from your phone (setup an account first)
  • Through desktop apps – Many desktop applications have been created for twitter.   A few of the favorites are tweetdeck, digsby
  • Through mobile apps – Check out tweetie (mac only)
  • Twitter even provides widgets that can be embedded into webpages.
Food for Thought
What about embedding a twitter account into your Western Online course site for quick updates?
(P.S – We can show you how J )
Twitter is a great application for quick updates, alerts and notifications.  It’s even being used right now to aid in the relief effort in Haiti.  If you’d like more information on twitter or any social network application, remember to stop by the IMM Lab in Horrabin 104 or call and make an appointment for some one-on-one instruction.
Twitter BirdCreating a twitter account on the web
  • Open your we browser (firefox, safari, internet explorer, ect) and type in the URL address
  • Next, click the Sign Up Now button.
  • Enter your information. Check your email to confirm your account.
  • Once you have confirmed your account you can use twitter freely.
Following Instructional Development Services (IDS) on Twitter
In your browser copy and paste the following link and on the page that loads click Follow.
Twitter Follow Us
Follow us on Twitter to receive up-to-date notifications regarding special programming, workshops, lab closures, and new technology announcements.
Getting Twitter Updates Directly to Your Mobile Phone
When logged into your twitter account click on settings.
Once in your settings click on mobile.
Enter your phone number and click start.
Once you enter your number, from your phone text the word Go to 40404
After registering your phone you can set hours in which you don’t want to receive updates.
Viewing Twitter Updates From your Zimbra
Log on to your zimbra account.
Click on Social from the menu tabs.
on the left side of your email you will see a link that says add/remove accounts click on this.


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