Some links to help me mark the referral work on the module:
Paul Bradshaw's Online Journalism Blog has a really useful guide to Twitter for journalists. It's quite old now but still good. For something more up to date, Paul also posts new links about Twitter via delicious (another social media service we'll look at later).
Later on in the class we'll look more at writing tweets and how to do it effectively. Jay Rosen has developed an interesting approach to different types of tweets - we'll look at that today, and perhaps pull out some of the best bits of Roy Peter Clark's long list of tips on how to write short pieces.
Here's a TED talk by Twitter founder Evan Williams. It's a couple of years old now but it's a good intro to the service and how it grew so quickly.
We're going to mess around a bit with Twitter today – here are a few links you might find useful:
Twitpic - one of the various services that let you link to pictures in tweets
Twitterfeed - this lets you turn your RSS feed into a series of tweets
Nearby Tweets - this lets you see who's tweeting in your area
Here are a few more Twitter search tools:
Finally something that just looks nice – A World of Tweets