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In this course, you all get to keep a blog. The purpose of the blog is to have a your own virtual space, a home base where you determine the content and can receive feedback from an interact with others. As you build out your blog over the six weeks of our course, you may choose to add widgets to the sidebar and link in some of the other social media tools that you're using. And I'll keep a blog, too. Click below if you want to check it out right now.
Are you new to blogging? If so, watch this video for a simple explanation of how it works. This is an old video, but the basic idea is still the same. The technology we use is just a bit niftier and widgetier (I can make up words here, right?). We'll all be setting up blogs this week and will use them heavily for the next six weeks. By the end, you'll know if you're a blogger!
This video will explain the basics of Twitter. The video is a few (okay, 8) years old, and Twitter has progressed a bit since that time. If you've been using Twitter for a while, you might enjoy a trip down memory lane. If you're new to Twitter, use the video to get a general frame of reference for understanding Twitter before you try it.
So, did you watch the Twitter video? Great! Now if you're thinking that you have no interest in telling your friends/followers what you ate for breakfast, don't worry -- Twitter is being used for so much more than that. In fact, I don't think any of the people who I follow ever post about their breakfast (they save that for Facebook). Instead, they post about things they've read, presentations they're watching at conferences, resources they've found -- all things I may want to know about. They often include URLs, photos, or videos. Oh, and many of the people I follow aren't even people, but rather news sources, businesses, and organizations.
Here's another fun resource about Twitter if you're just getting started.
Note that in 2017 Twitter made a big change -- the character limit of a tweet rose from 140 to 280! You'll still see a lot of references about tweets being limited to 140 characters, but if you're using Twitter right now you can be twice as verbose. Hurrah?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. And here's another old video to explain the basic concept.
You can use RSS to help aggregate the feeds of all of the blogs in this class, so you have one-stop-shopping for reading them. You don't have to, of course -- but it can make things easier.