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Link: NYT on Twitter for the Twitter Illiterate

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New York Times has some very informative tech articles for all levels of expertise.

This week, read an article entitled “Twitter Illiterate? Mastering the @BC’s.” Tech writer Hanna Ingber (@HannaIngber) shares some tips to follow when you start a Twitter account.

The article is broken into 7 sections:

  1. Set up an account
  2. Build a community
  3. Learn the language
  4. Understand the symbols
  5. Tweet like a person
  6. Organize your feed
  7. Tell others

It is very easy to understand and Ingber offers explanations and examples along the way.

Be sure to read the full article, linked above.  There are many helpful tips and some links to prominent feeds like  @CoryBooker, the New Jersey Senator and Newark Mayor who is well-known for connecting with constituents via social media.

What is Vine?

Vine is a latest social app to hit the scene. Available for both Andriod and iOS phones, it is being described as “Instagram with videos.”   Below is a 8 minute video on how to use Vine, with some helpful tricks and tips.

Click here to read Mashable’s list of “11 Vine Hashtags to Keep You Hooked”

Check back tomorrow for a special “Vine for Authors” post.


Are electronic textbooks the future?


Electronic textbooks have been around for years.  But recently, a new trend is coming to the forefront: e-textbooks that record and report your progress.

This means that the e-book itself will have a built in meter, recording how many pages you “read” and at what rate you study the material.

How will this affect us as authors and teachers?

For one, with the increased emphasis on testing and reporting in education, these types of textbooks may make data dissemination easier.

On the other hand, as authors, a greater emphasis might be placed on creating even more engaging materials with various checkpoints and dynamic material.  Elements like hyperlinks and visual charts will become increasingly important. There will be a period of adapting, coupled with students and institutions adopting this new technology.

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Here are a few interesting articles exploring this subject: