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 else where.

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, look closely for the “skip” link below the button.

It will suggest a username based on whatever you entered in the first step, you can use any of the suggestions or try your own. It helps populate your first timeline. But again, do not use anything the identifies you or where you go to school.

More questions- it will ask about interests. We suggest just skipping. Twitter keeps wanting more information.

Next it will suggest people to “follow”, mostly celebrities, politicians, maybe even a US President. If you leave them all checked, all of their tweets will show up in your timeline. Again. Lets click the Select All button and make sure nothing is selected. Or only a few that you are truly interested in seeing what they tweet.

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. You have an icon that looks like a colored egg. Don’t worry about this, you can customize later.

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.

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
@laura_ritchie
@greeneterry
@autumm
@wentale
@dogtrax
@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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