Using Twitter to Get More Out of the
Twitter is a social media and networking tool that offers users a
chance to compose short, 140-character messages, interact with
other users via hashtags (#) and @replies, and upload images,
videos, and links. Although it may seem daunting — and does
have a somewhat steep learning curve — Twitter can be a
great way to connect with others who share an interest or are
participating in an event.
This year, the
PI Conference has a
designated hashtag: #ATE2012. Use this hashtag in messages having
to do with the conference, or search Twitter for other Tweets
containing #ATE2012. This will collect all the Tweets about the
PI Conference in one
easy-to-find place so that you can learn about what your
colleagues are doing and what they find intriguing.
For example, one attendee might write, "I'm having a great time
talking with other nanotech
PIs at #ATE2012" while
another one could say, "I'm making some great industry connections
at #ATE2012". Searching for #ATE2012 and using it yourself will
return these Tweets, connect you to others who share your
interests, and allow you to take part in the conversation.
If you have a mobile device, we also encourage you to participate
in the PI Conference
by downloading the PI
Conference App, which will be available for most devices by
Tip: The short form of Twitter messages, or Tweets, has spawned a
number of unique acronyms and abbreviations. While these can be
confusing at first, the
Glossary will have answers to many of your questions.