WTF Workshop: Social Media for the Academic Professional (2/2)


It’s not as confusing as it seems.

I’m most grateful to be invited by Sacramento City College for a guest presentation this Thursday, March 24. This post and the previous will be my presentation notes and handout.

Tools We’ll Demo Today

Examples of how people have used blogs for work and fun:

Examples of different Twitter uses:

Twitter syntax:

  • hashtag (#) — When used in front of a word, activates that word into a searchable keyword, like #scio12
  • RT — Re-Tweet. Used to acknowledge the source of a tweet that you are reposting verbatim, written as “RT @ebertchicago” followed by the message.
  • MT — Mentioned Tweet. Used to acknowledge the source of a tweet that you are reposting with edits, written as “MT @2kmk” followed by the message.
  • HT or h/t — Hat Tip. Used to simply acknowledge or thank someone for link or interesting information, written either at the start or end of a tweet as “(h/t @matt_weiser)”
  • #FF — Follow Friday. A Twitter cultural tradition where on Fridays, you suggest a list of users to your followers as a gesture of friendly gratitude. Can also be used to suggest those on the list to follow each other. Written as “#FF @levarburton @kzelnio @starfocus @SacCityCollege

Examples of Facebook fan pages:

Various other tools to consider:

YouTube, SlideShare, LinkedIn, Twitpic, Flickr, bit.ly

h/t to @2mjg for the “WTF” title idea!

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2 thoughts on “WTF Workshop: Social Media for the Academic Professional (2/2)

  1. Just to clarify, the @USGS_EQ_CA account is not a USGS account. There are no CA earthquake accounts. All of the official accounts that USGS runs are located at http://usgs.gov/socialmedia. If it’s not listed there, it’s not us. Easy way to be sure. Thanks (-Scott Horvath, Web and Social Media Officer, USGS).

    • I stand corrected — Scott is absolutely right. For an official example, check out http://twitter.com/usgs.

      That said, consider how this unofficial earthquake account is being run. If you have an organization that has any type of constant updates (scientific gages, alerts, schedules, etc.), having a separate account to automatically broadcast that information could be useful.

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