Visualize your Twitter presence

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In an increasingly digital (and competitive) job market, does your Twitter presence accurately reflect your professional and personal interests? Here’s a quick first step to find out:*

* If you have tweeted fewer than 10 times, this exercise won’t be of much help right now. Instead, use the time to follow more smart people on Twitter and create Twitter lists that reflect your studies and interests.

  • Using Safari or Firefox on a laptop or desktop, log on to your Twitter account.
  • Go to your Twitter profile SETTINGS.
  • Scroll to the bottom. Click the button to request your Twitter archive.
  • Check your email and download the archive. In your Downloads folder, you’ll see something like the screen shot below. Click the tweets.csv file, and an Excel spreadsheet will pop up.Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 10.37.50 PM
  • Select all of the content in the TEXT field of the tweets.csv spreadsheet. Copy it. (Cmd-C)
  • Go to (again, MUST be in Safari or Firefox).
  • Click “create your own” and paste all text in the box. Click “Go.”
  • You may need to download/run a Java program for the program to work. That’s OK:Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 10.44.12 PM
  • Once your word cloud has loaded, feel free to click the “randomize” button for a prettier design.
  • When you’ve found the design you like, click the “Save as .png” button and save the file as “yournamewordle.png”
  • Log on to WordPress. Pull up your Power Tweets page. Upload your Wordle image by putting the cursor beneath the “Twitter word cloud, 9/1/2015” headline, then click the “add media” button.
  • Save your Power Tweets page. Yay, you’re done! :)

Twitter as a (mandatory) journalistic tool

Twitter as a Journalistic Tool For class on Tuesday, Sept. 1: After reading the assigned portions of Briggs Ch. 2, post a 100-to-150-word comment on this post answering this question: How did the chapter change the way you think about how you use (or don’t use) Twitter as a professional journalistic tool? Be honest and specific. This is worth 5 class participation points and is due no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31.