At first glance, Twitter might appear to be just one of many online attention drains. But tweeting often proves surprisingly practical. A number of WU Libraries staff are among those who think so, and an upcoming series of free workshops will help interested members of the WUSTL community explore why.
Titled Twitter 201, the free miniseries is open to all students, faculty, and staff, with three 40-minute sessions on different topics to be held the last Thursday of the month in February, March, and April (Olin Library, Arc Presentation Room, Level A). Register to attend one, two, or all three of the sessions:
- During the first session (4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23), librarians Erin Leach and Brian Vetruba will discuss Twitter as a way to develop professionally and foster meaningful professional connections. Twitter has become a valuable networking tool for professionals in a variety of disciplines. It can be used to start conversations with “the experts,” to get help with a tricky professional problem, and to follow conference activities.
- The second workshop (4 p.m. Thursday, March 29) will focus on how writers and readers can tackle Twitter. Staff members Evie Hemphill and Tim Lepczyk use Twitter to share ideas, find inspiration, engage with authors and editors, and keep their writing sharp. The new salon is a hashtag away and open to everyone.
- The third session (4 p.m. Thursday, April 26) aims to help participants understand the power of the 140-character tweet. Librarians Jaleh Fazelian and Makiba Foster will lead a discussion of Twitter’s instrumental role as an unlikely galvanizing tool in various national and global movements. The revolution will not be televised, but it will be tweeted. From Iran to Wall Street, from Tunisia to Egypt, Twitter was and is a part of these recent revolutions.
In addition to the Twitter 201 series, an introductory Twitter 101 session is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, February 9. Geared for the Twitter novice, this hour-and-a-half session will cover account creation, search features, what it means to follow someone, how to construct a tweet, what hashtags and retweets are, and other Twitter basics.