What is Twitter?
- Twitter is a micro blogging site where information, images, links and thoughts are shared in 140 characters.
Why use Twitter?
- Keep up to date with news, events, research, latest thinking in our field
- Attend conferences and events virtually
- Communicate with colleagues
- Connect with like-minded people with similar interests
Learn the basics of Twitter from Twitter!
- This page tells you all you need to know about Twitter and is a good overview / start.
Twitter as a professional development tool
Three good resources about professionals using Twitter:
- Janet Carding, former Director, Royal Ontario Museum: Tweeting from the top
- Kim Firth Leonard: How I use Twitter as a Professional Development Resource
- Twitter as an evaluation tool: Jurassic Lounge tweets
How to use Twitter
- Follow a person, organisation using the @ symbol
- RT (retweet) – Repeat someone else’s tweet sent to your own networks
- MT (modified tweet) similar to above but use if you edit the tweet (sometimes this is done to save characters)
- DM (direct message) – Private message to someone you follow, no one else can see it
- Follow a conversation using the # symbol – known as a hashtag. Good hashtags I use regularly:
- #mtogo (museum mobile community)
- #musdigi (my stream sharing up-to-date links and stories from our field, and beyond!)
- #museumed (museum education)
- #musesocial (museum social media)
- #musetech (museums and technology)
- #museumeval (museum evaluation)
- #MuseumEdOz (educators and museums monthly chat)
- #collectionfishing (weekly tweets from museum collections)
- #museumascot (tweets from various museum objects and collection “personalities”)
- #aleague (for updated A League news and scores!)
- And watch for #ckbs2014 …
What to tweet
- Interesting links
- Ideas, thoughts, questions to colleagues
- Photos and short videos (i.e. Vine)
- Answers to questions / Engage in conversation
Some tips (from presentation by Carli Collins, formerly of the @ANMMuseum)
- Anyone can see your tweets
- Once it’s published it out there
- It’s ok to let people know who you are
- Fine to share your views, but make people aware that they are your views, not that of the agency
- Use phrase ‘Views expressed are my own’ (or words to that effect) in your profile
- Don’t share confidential information – think about your organisation’s Code of Conduct and employment contract
- Don’t do anything to bring the organisation into trouble
- Just remember anyone can see your tweets, unless they are private of course, but anyone can then republish, so be aware
Other useful Twitter tips
- Dan McDonnell, American Evaluation Association:
Feel free to follow me on @lyndakelly61. Happy tweeting!