Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ recently added a feed from its Twitter account (http://www.twitter.com/libbyshope) to the homepage left sidebar. I know what you are thinking. What in the heck is Twitter?
Twitter is a social networking service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (known as “tweets”), which are text-based messages that cannot exceed 140 characters. Updates are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends (delivery to everyone being the default). In addition, users can receive message updates via the Twitter website, mobile phone, Blackberry, etc. It’s easy! Set up a Twitter account and choose to follow “libbyshope.” At this point, you will receive all Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ weblog updates no matter where you are located. You can perform a general search on the Twitter website for any topic (e.g., “cancer”) and you will find organizations and individuals who share your interest in that topic.
Twitter also allows you to send messages of 140 characters or less to Libby’s H*O*P*E*™. In those messages, you can add web links to relevant news or medical articles and even include pictures. If you attend a cancer conference, local hometown educational seminar or a fundraising event, you can send us brief comments (and pictures) directly from those events in real time. Or, if you just feel like telling us how you are doing, that’s ok too! Twitter allows cancer survivors to stay in touch with one through the communication of valuable information and advice.
Currently, we are streaming Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ outbound twitter messages to our weblog (left homepage sidebar), but if the interest is high enough, we will stream all messages received and sent by Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ on the weblog. By way of example, Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ is currently following the American Cancer Society, Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR), Cure Magazine, Lance Armstrong and several other cancer survivors and advocates.
The addition of Twitter to the Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ weblog is simply our way of allowing you to easily follow us regardless of your location. More importantly, we hope to hear from many of you through this technology in the near future. We provide below a video that describes “Twitter in plain English” and several additional links that will allow you to better understand Twitter.
Twitter in Plain English
- Help Resources/Getting Started, Twitter.com.
- Applications, Twitter.com. (we use twhirl as a desktop widget).
- Tiny URL.com (application allows you to shorten any web address for inclusion in a Twitter message, thereby allowing you to minimize usage of the 140 character twitter message limit.
- TwitPic.com (allows you to share photos on Twitter).
- What is Twitter?, Tweeternet.com