Throughout the “Twitterverse”, NC State University has remarkable stories to share. Here, you’ll find a collection of official NC State Twitter feeds to help you stay on top of what’s happening right now. Official twitter feeds
Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service (think tiny blog posts) that lets you answer the question, "What are you doing and thinking?" You send a short text message, 140 characters in length, called "tweets," to your friends," or "followers."
Although the essential question posed by Twitter (i.e. what are you doing) has never changed, the ways in which Twitterers answer the question continues to evolve.
Twitter allows users to do more than share simple status updates. Twitterers post links to online resources and engaging Web content, ask and answer questions about almost anything, gather feedback about a product or service, report news as it happens or share thoughts about a current topic or trend. The value of Twitter depends entirely on the quality of the content you contribute and consume.
All you need to get started on Twitter is a valid email address. Visit www.twitter.com and follow the signup process. If you're setting up an account on behalf of a university entity, try to pick something self-explanatory such as NCStateNews or NCSU_OIT.
These are your posts—your answers to the question, What are you doing? Twitter posts are limited to 140 characters (including spaces) so be thoughtful and concise. Unless you elect to protect your updates from public view, your tweets will be available for anyone to see.
Following other Twitter users and encouraging others to follow you is, to a large extent, what Twitter is all about. To follow someone, select "follow" from that user's page to add their updates to your feed. Some users protect their tweets, so any follow requests must be approved by the user.
Replying allows you to address a Tweet to another Twitter user or users in a post. Placing the @ symbol in front of a user's Twitter name designates a reply. For example, responding to something posted by NC State News Services might read "@NCStateNews great story on research happening at NCSU."
When another Twitter user posts something you like or would like to share with your followers, use a "retweet." Designate a retweet by adding the letters RT before a post, then using the @ symbol with the original poster's twitter name. For example: "RT @NCSU_OIT learn to use Twitter lunch and learn on Wednesday."
Tagging on Twitter allows you to label or group your tweets on the fly. Prefix any term with the # (hash tag) to designate a tag. For example "Researches discover something really awesome at #NCState" would tag the post #NCState. Tags can be created and used by anyone, and can be about almost anything.
Search on Twitter works like most other search tools. Using search.twitter.com, you can search directly for tags or topics to see who's saying what across the Twitterverse.
Online resources that provide in-depth information about Twitter, best practices, software and other useful tools.