I read some introductory materials:
- Basic Introductions: A beginners guide; Twitter in plain English; NY Times
- More comprehensive overviews: My favourite is The Complete Guide to Twitter. Others include A wiki on Twitter; List of Free ebooks on Twitter;
- Using twitter as a complement to blog posting: Problogger
- Academic applications: Twitter tips for academics
- I set up an account on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jeromyanglim
- I set up a referral from my blog to my twitter account on Twitterfeed.
- I found a few people to follow: I'd heard about the #rstats tag and recognised a few familiar faces from the R community and various blogs that I follow. I ran some searches using some keywords that interest me and found some more people with interesting tweets.
- I downloaded a Twitter dekstop client called Twhirl.
- Once I was following a few people, I used Twubble to get other suggestions. It works on the idea that you may want to follow people that are followed by multiple people that you follow.
- I installed a Twitter App for my iPhone (Twitterrific).
- FriendOrFollow tells you about who is reciprocating following.
- I added an option in Feedburner to add a Tweet button to my RSS feeds (introduction to retweeting; retweet button in blogs).
Hashtags that interest me
- #rstats ; used to refer to R
Assorted ideas for using Twitter that interest me
- Subjects can have a dedicated Twitter hashtag and students can then use this to discuss the subject on Twitter.
- The main newspaper I read, The Age, has hashtags associated with many of its articles. This makes it possible to write a blog post, make a comment on Twitter that links the article's hashtag to my blog post, and thereby allow readers interested in the article to read my blog post. Here's an example.
- I am exploring the idea of having multiple accounts for different purposes.
- Getting answers and feedback on blog posts or anything else.
- Providing a record of journal articles that I'm reading and sharing key findings. In particular, Twitter can function as a simple recommendation system for increasing exposure to useful materials.