A new tweeter is born.

You will have many chances to learn about twitter as we use it in Networked Narratives. All we want to do now is make sure you have created an account.

We suggest that you create a twitter username that does not include any identifiers. Use a nickname, a cartoon character, a favorite movie character, maybe a username you use elsewhere.

When you create a new twitter account, you will be asked for your full name. You are not required to use your real name; maybe start with just your first name. Or create a name for a character.

Likewise it will ask for a phone number. This is not required; look closely for an “email instead” link so you can create an account.

If you have a twitter account already associated with your email, you will need to try a different address. Gmail users can try the “trick” of creating a variant address. If your gmail account is rebegmaestro@gmail.com you can create what acts like a new address (but still gets sent to your Gmail) by appending a +something to it, like rebegmaestro+netnarr19@gmail.com

Whether you provide a phone or email, Twitter will send a verification code needed to go to the next step.

More steps follow- choosing a password and a profile image – it need not be your own photo.

Twitter will ask for upload your contacts; definitely skip this for now. Knowing you are connected to is a valuable piece of data for them. Let’s not just give it away.

You will then get more questions- Twitter will ask about interests. We suggest just skipping. Twitter keeps wanting more information. In this class we will explore what it means for them to have this information. It makes no difference for what we are doing if you give it or now. We just want you to always be thinking curiously about every time a web site asks for you data.

Next Twitter will suggest people to “follow”, mostly celebrities, politicians, maybe even a US President. Again we suggest a minimalists approach. Skip this step too.

For new accounts, Twitter will create a username like @rebeg4 based on whatever you entered for your name. You can change this later by editing your account information. There’s more settings to experiment with later; for now, just make sure you have an account set up.

It’s time. Note this link will open in a new window/tab, so you can come back here when you are done. Just go as far as getting ready to send a first tweet.

Go make yourself a twitter account

You have a brand new twitter account.

But it’s the all important question:

What will be my first tweet?

Make it a good one, something better than “My first tweet”. But here is the first lesson– hashtags — these are the ways your message can be grouped with others of the same interest.

So we suggest you say something about Networked Narratives, or alchemy, or what you had for lunch, or a photo of your cat, BUT include #netnarr in your message. Trust us. It means something.

So what happens?

Nothing.

Nobody knows you are here.

There is a chance that someone else who is part of #netnarr will see your first tweet and reply. But don’t count on it.

The first days are a time to build up your network, but following other people. Here are a few suggested names of people already active in our course (all will open in a new window/tab). Open each profile, and look for a blue Follow button to click.

@netnarr
@cogdog
@miazamoraphd
@wentale
@dogtrax
@netkidhorse
@awojolt
@telliowkuwp
@sandramardene
@OnlineCrsLady

Now when you click the Home button in twitter, you will see tweets from these people in your timeline. You might want to just read, check out links they are sharing, or reply.

The “@” symbol signifies a mention in a tweet. If you include a mention of @cogdog in your tweet, than Alan will see the tweet in the place where he sees his mentions. It’s a way to draw someone’s attention.

As you read other people’s tweets, you might see other interesting people worth following. This is how you build up your twitter network. Twitter will also keep suggesting people to follow over on the side. There will be celebrities (to ignore?).

It works better when you are knew to twitter to spend time reading more than writing, and working to identify new people to follow, and seeing the ways of communicating that seem effective.

Lastly save this URL or use #netnarr in the search box to see all the tweets with that tag. That’s the best way to see what’s new in the Networked Narratives twitter stream.

Don’t worry about “figuring twitter” out now. That will come with practice and participating.

I got my twitter on, what’s next?


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