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=====Notes on Rhetorical Elements of Twitter=====
April 2010

=== Affordances ===
Affordances are those elements that the rhetor can shape for persuasive purposes. Constraints are those elements that the rhetor does not control. 140 characters is a constraint. Screen name is an affordance.

- quick as far as immediacy, short, direct, a thought, a shared picture/link
- can see what source the tweet is from (web, mobile device, etc)
-able to see the time that the tweet was posted as well
-when someone looks at my profile it displays a quick bio, my location and name (if all are disclosed)
-the same is when i look at someone else's account

===Class Notes===
Rhetor's Home Page: twitter stream
- Text box: "What's happening?". below that, the latest tweet or last update and how long ago it was posted. Below text box is a list of tweets from those followed, in reverse chronological order, like a Facebook wall post
-On the right, # of followers, # of others rhetor is following, and links to Direct messages, retweets and favorites. Trends (controlled by Twitter) trends that Twitter is picking up (ie: Easter, Justin Bieber, Duke)

- anyone viewing your homepage can see who you're following
- anyone can follow you ---unless you turn the privacy setting on, then one would have to ask permission to follow you

- can send links to images or webpages
- user can edit the background of their own Twitter page, their username, location, a webpage, and a 160 character bio
- rhetor can leave these fields blank, or be sarcastic. Cannot change field name.
- can control who you follow
- can re-send any message: retweet using RT or via. everyone following can see the reply
- can refer to another using @
- can send a private message to another user by prefacing the message with D
- can designate a findable topic with #
- using @ or # creates a search link. This isn't controlled by the rhetor but can be used by the rhetor

Significant that the means of circulating and tagging messages are not software-dependent but use a character in the message.

- links+message cannot exceed 140 characters. To get around this, rhetors us a short/condensed link, using a client
- need hardware beyond texting tool to include images

- "yfrog" a site where users can upload photos, will convert them for twitter, can upload a photo and put the link in @ same time BUT users must have the software to do it. Many times done from a smartphone
- hash tags "#" developed on Twitter so users can search for topics in search engine or "topsy" located in task bar; the catch is both parties need to know the hash tag name in order to find the exact same thing (tied to the intent) the hash tag narrows your search
- here's another feature, Tweets can be in any language! again, an importance of hash tags
- the "@" lets users know that's a Twitter name, one is able to click on that name as a link... making it easier to follow people!
- when rolling over any tweet on your homepage, a star appears in the corner, you can click on the star making that tweet one of your favorites
- also, able to follow that persons re-tweets when rolling over their name
- when you click on someone's name, the box also displays a little mechanical wheel icon that when clicked you can: unfollowing that person, block him/her, report him/her for spam, or mention them

- you can temporarily control who follows you, but not entirely

**For Thursday, 4/8:** follow everyone from the class
follow more people, something you have in common with, etc.
get used to the conventions of Twitter

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