Five things series … How to get started on Twitter

“I’m ready to get started using Twitter. What do I do?”

If that’s your question, this blog post is your answer.

1. Set up your Twitter account. If you already have one, go back in and add a photo (no default eggs, please) and update your bio. Include a link to the page on our website that best features your content.

2. Go to the Star-Telegram on Twitter list and follow your colleagues. Many of these folks have mastered Twitter, and you’d be surprised what you can learn just by watching what they do.

3. Pull up in a browser tab, sign in, and check your feed once an hour. This is the best way to keep up with what others are reporting.

4. Re-Tweet (RT) a post you find interesting. For extra credit, add a few words of your own.

5. Check out these great tutorials, including several from your colleagues:


Sarah Huffstetler learns digital journalism in a week

The Star-Telegram’s AME/Design won a fellowship to the Knight Digital Media Center’s January Digital Storytelling Workshop. I collected some of her tips, via Twitter, and her final video.

Below are her posts through Day 3, via Storify. More tips, from Day 4.

  1. @shuffstetler: for visuals, being there is 97%
    Tue, Jan 10 2012 17:22:30
  2. Mobile: Being there is 51%. Technique is 46%. Gear is 2%. #fwstnext #kdmcinfo
    Tue, Jan 10 2012 17:16:55
  3. Love your experiments as if you would an ugly child. This is how you learn, and ultimately get better.#fwstnext #kdmcinfo
    Tue, Jan 10 2012 15:08:16
  4. Video tip: No matter what the subject is, you need a tight, medium, wide shot. #fwstnext #kdmcinfo

How to become a digital-first journalist in 30 days: Twitter

My New Year’s resolution is to be more patient with colleagues trying to make the digital transition.

This decision is less about me (impatience is, shall we say, an issue of mine) and more about what I see when I look around our newsroom. Finally, everyone has accepted the reality that change is afoot. And, with a few exceptions, everyone is willing to try to be a part of it.


But those who waited to jump in have a new problem: A significant loss of resources has us all scrambling. Finding the time to learn new skills is nearly impossible.

Never fear, however. I have a three-step plan to get up to speed in just 30 days, without being forced to ask for help. Continue reading

Video: How to use TweetDeck in Chrome

If you have Google’s Chrome browser installed on your computer and like to use TweetDeck, you can do so easily without having to download the program to your desktop. Here are some quick video and text tutorials, along with some good links to help you.

Installing TweetDeck in your Chrome browser:

Step 1: Click on “start,” then double-click on “Google Chrome.” If you don’t see it, click on “all programs,” then double-click on “Google Chrome.”

Step 1A: Some people (using the Windows 7 operating system) might need to click on “start,” then type “chrome” into the search box.

Step 2: When you open Chrome, you will probably be asked to sign in with your Google account.  If you don’t have one, you can create one for free.

Step 3: When you sign in, you will see a “Web Store” icon (or you might see an Angry Birds ad). Either double-click the web store icon or click the button that asks you about Angry Birds. Both will take you to the web store.

Step 4: Search for “TweetDeck.” You want to install the App, not the extension. Click on it and you will get the install screen. Go ahead and install. (Note: This is not downloading it to your computer. It is putting it in your Chrome browser. It will only work when you open your Chrome browser.)

Step 5: Open the TweetDeck icon once it shows up in your browser. You will have to sign in or create an account.

Step 6: If you want to create a TweetDeck shortcut on your desktop, right click on the icon and choose “create shortcut.”