CBA_April 13Report - page 9

April 2013 CBA REPORT
tech tip
By Tim Hennies
n a fairly short period of time,
Twitter has become a ubiquitous
social media application. With
everyone from athletes to artists to poli-
ticians to even the former Pope getting
in on the act, its presence in pop culture
is hard to ignore. In this article, we will
look over some of the mechanics of this
tool and give you some ideas for using it
Tweet, tweet
If you are not familiar with Twit-
ter it is a simple messaging system that
allows you to share your thoughts (140
characters at a time) as well as photos
and videos on any subject with the rest
of the world. Posting is called tweeting
and your tweets appear on your page in
your personal timeline, going from the
most recent to the oldest. You are able
to follow other users (and they you), and
their tweets will appear in your general
timeline when you log into Twitter. Your
identity on Twitter is a user defined
screen name and you can choose to share
as much or as little personal informa-
tion as you please. To communicate with
others you simply type @ and then their
username. For example, Cincinnati Reds
baseman Brandon Phillips goes by
datdudebp, so if you wanted to send him
a tweet you would type @datdudebp and
include your message.
As Twitter has gained in popularity,
it has become commonplace to see in ad-
vertising and online promotions a word
preceded by the # symbol—this is known
as a hashtag. At its root, hashtagging is a
form of indexing data on Twitter. As an
example, you see a tweet that includes a
hashtag #CISPA, clicking on that hashtag
would provide you with a list of all tweets
that include #CISPA. This is something
that is becoming very common at large
professional organization conferences—
the organizers will set a specific hashtag
to use when discussing conference
proceedings which allows attendees, and
those not there to connect and talk about
the ideas and topics being presented.
As an example of this, last Novem-
ber the Moritz College of Law held a
law journal symposium covering the
“Second Wave of Global Privacy Protec-
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