Using Twitter

hubStroud is all about circulating information and connecting people who can help each other in the local community.

We find Twitter is a useful tool to achieve these aims, which is why listing events on the hubStroud calendar is done via twitter - this way listing is easily combined with publicising events.

If you can send emails and text messages, skim-read headlines in a newspaper, and channel-hop on TV, you'll be able to quickly get the hang of twitter. Contact us if you'd like a little help getting started.

If you organise or host events locally, are looking for volunteers, help or information, or simply want to pass on your knowledge and opinions about the local area, we think you'll find twitter a useful tool.

Before you sign up, you'll probably find it useful to read this introduction, which explains what twitter is, why it is useful, and how to get started. Particular words and terms are used to describe certain things on twitter, but you can always refer to the Twitter Glossary if something doesn't seem to make sense.

Setting up an account (which could be for an individual or an organisation) is easy - you'll need to supply an email address, and think up a username (maximum 15 characters) and a password - and input them here. You'll also be asked for an image to be associated with your account (it will accompany tweets you send), a short description of yourself or your organisation (a 'bio'), and can include your location and a link to a website (your blog or business website, for instance). There are various options associated with setting up an account (such as whether you want to receive email notifications), explained under section 3 of this introduction (worth thinking about!).

Getting an account gives you a 'profile': a form of webpage displaying information about yourself or your organisation. It also shows tweets - 140 character messages that can include links, photos, videos or audio clips - that you have sent or forwarded on from other individuals or organisations.

This guide from mashable.com and this one from wikihow.com both include useful information for people new to twitter. Again, Contact us if you'd like a little help getting started.

Here is some of the basic terminology:

  • Tweet - a 140 character message, which can contain links to websites, photos, videos or audio, that a Twitter user posts to his or her profile page.
  • Follow - to subscribe to receive another user's tweets when you are logged into twitter.
  • Retweet - to forward a tweet posted by someone else to all of your followers.
  • Reply - a response to an existing tweet, posted by clicking the "reply" button. The reply text automatically begins with @their_username (the username of the person to whom you are replying). All replies to a user's tweets are logged under the @Mentions tab on the user's home page.
  • Mention - a tweet update that contains @your_username anywhere in the body of the tweet. Both new tweets and replies can be considered mentions.
  • Hashtag - a number sign (#) placed before a word or phrase in the text of a tweet turns that word into a link, which will take users to a list of all tweets containing the same hashtag. This is a useful way to categorise people's comments or information about a topic.

This guide has more information on using hashtags.

The hashtag #hubStroud is displayed next to our calendar, and is for people locally to share and collect information (hashtags are not case sensitive, so you could use #hubstroud or #HubStroud or even #HUBSTROUD and the tweet would still be added to the collection).

Please add this to your tweets if you have live information about what is happening right now in Stroud, to post requests or notices.

We also use #HSEN (which stands for Hub Stroud Event New) to donate an Event entry for the calendar (see more on how to list events here)

If use of #hubStroud becomes overwhelming, we envisage different Hashtags to coordinate information transfer on particular topics in the Stroud district e.g.

#HSCarshare

#HSTraffic

#HSWeather

#HSShops

#HSSchool

#HSFood