Here are my top five take aways from the rapid prototyping class, taken at AC4D between september and october 2010.
Music is from “If Not Now, When?” by Electrelane on the album Axes.
Hi all, I am starting on Twitter; it turns out that after Justin’s class on Saturday and Ruby’s post, I finally got really curious about it. Yes, I resisted against it for a while, I didn’t like the idea of sharing lunch scoops. But, there are obviously other ways to use it.
Most of you are already familiar with Twitter. So, I am playing the role of the “apprentice” by wraping up what I learnt and please feel free, as experts, to correct me and contribute (thanks Lauren for the metaphor, I like it).
Here are the basic ideas and steps that I understood by looking at tutorials and articles on the web.
So, once you get an account :
1. Fill in your profile so people can find you more easily:
2. Decide what you want to say as long as your messages are no more than 140 characters. You can write:
Alternate messages where you write content (tweets) and messages where you forward content (retweets). Be generous, write information, don’t only forward it.
3. Build your network by choosing et finding the right people.
You can look for :
People that you follow will start following you.
4. Tweet. Real-time et frequency are important because Twitter is all about:
The more you are feeding the system, the more you will take advantage of it.
5. Search. Twitter gives you the opportunity to search in your network and to give you appropriate search results
Twitter is all about language and links so there are basic rules:
5. If you tweet is intending to one one user in particular, type the @symbol followed by the username, for example: “@rubyku, what do you think of..?”
Or you can just hit “reply” to a tweet and your message will start with “@rubyku”
6. Use and make #tags
A #tag is a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic. For example, if you search on #LOST (or #lost or #Lost, because it’s not case-sensitive), you’ll get a list of tweets related to the TV show. What you won’t get are tweets that say “I lost my wallet yesterday” because “lost” isn’t preceded by the hash tag.
Before you create your own tag, search for a few variations to make sure they don’t already exist. Since the tag will use up some of your 140-character limit, you want to keep it fairly short, while still making it precise.
What is the best tag for Social Entrepreuneurship ? “SocEntr” ? I think Ryan had some ideas about that.
I am really excited to discover, after Saturday, the diversity of People, the Quality of Projects and the great Formulation of Design Ideas & Commitment from the Faculty.
Here are my very first thoughts on the Johnson’s Backyard Garden Project in which I have a BIG preference. I am interested in working on nutrition plans and health care problems. Obesity is growing more common in Europe and touches especially poor communities and young people. There is a lot to do.
For example, Jamie Oliver, an English Chef, won a TED Prize wish last year for his work : ” Teach every child about food”.
” I profoundly believe that the power of Food has a primal place in our homes that binds us to the best bits of life… We have an awful reality right not. Fat is the biggest killer in the US today, this is a global problem.”
The JBG project seems to me very complete and very close to AC4D’s goals.