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Are you wondering what you’re missing by not jumping into social media?  Are you curious about all  this online tech and their apps?  Are you asking yourself right now what an app is?  Well, Tri-Tech Computer Skills classes offered at the Fremont, Newark and Union City Libraries will help to answer some of those questions for you.  Every month, the schedule of classes changes at each library and range from basic Microsoft applications to general hands-on information about various social media software.   Since all the classes are hands-on, space is limited and registration is required.  If you miss a class you’ll find it will be offered again at one of the three libraries.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Twitter:  Saturday, April 28th 1:00-2:30 p.m. – Union City Library (call 510-745-1464 x 7 to register)
Skype:  Saturday, April 28th 2:30-4:00 p.m. – Newark Library (call 510-795-2627 x20 to register)
PowerPoint Basics (1): Saturday, May 5th, 12:30-2:00 p.m -Fremont Main Library (call 510-745-1401 to register)
Google Docs: Saturday May 12th, 10:30-12 p.m – Newark Library (call 510-795-2627 x20 to register)
Watching TV & Movies on the Internet:  Saturday May 19th, 12:30-2 p.m. – Union City Library (call 510-745-1464 x 7 to register)
PowerPoint Basics (2): Saturday, May 5th, 12:30-2:00 p.m -Fremont Main Library (call 745-1401 to register)
eBooks & eAudiobooks @ your Library: Saturday May 26th, 10:30-12.m. – Newark Library (call 510-795-2627 x20 to register)

Join us for a class and be in the know about social media.  Before you know it you’ll be Facebooking, after you finish working on your GoogleDocs, while you use your smartphone to Skype!!!

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Connect @ the Library Summer Tech Talks

Twitter Talk

Saturday July 31 2-3:30pm
Fremont Main Library
Fukaya Room A

Interested in keeping informed with timely bits of information? Want to share tidbits of your own experience with others? Twitter is an online media website that lets you do just that. Join us for a live demonstration on how to set up an account, follow other users and get tweeting!

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Five Famous Twitterers

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So, you’ve finally decided to try out this Twitter thing, but you need some interesting folks to follow? To help you out, I’ve compiled a small list of famous persons that use Twitter. Give some of them a try, and you’re on your way. Instead of five twitters, I’ve used five categories. Five twitterers just wasn’t enough.

(For the record, we’re @fremontblog if you’re curious.)

1. Some folks from Star Trek: TNG – I’m following three of the former ST:TNG crew: @wilw, @levarburton, and @brentspiner

2. British Comedians: @JohnCleese doesn’t tweet nearly as often as @stephenfry.

3. Directors: @ThatKevinSmith pops in with updates periodically.

4. Actors, etc.: Illusionist @pennjillette is on Twitter (but…not Teller as far as I can see). Demi Moore tweets as @mrskutcher, while her husband is @aplusk. Oh! And let’s not forget @John_Lithgow.

5. Writers: (for a bigger list, check out Felicia Day’s post on the topic) From Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself to Laurell K. Hamilton (@LKHamilton) they’re on Twitter. There’s even a certain @mary_russell for all you Laurie R. King fans.

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Five Fun Twitter Things

Twitter is a micro-blogging site that asks the question “What are you doing?” and allows you to post short (140 characters or less) answers to that question. Simple, yes? The more you look at Twitter, though, the more you learn you can do with it. Here’s a little that I have discovered so far –

Posts on Twitter are known as “Tweets.” Following the tweets of multiple folks provides you with an informational feed that can include everything from what your best friend had for lunch to news reports from major events. You can comment on what folks say by replying to them thusly “@fremontblog I totally agree.” (Yes, fremontblog is this blog’s account over on Twitter.) In this way your informational feed can become a conversation. You can use Twitter to alert folks to updates on your blog, ask questions of the world at large, report on events as they are happening, tell people about a cool site that you’ve found, and even indulge in a bit of haiku.

In addition, here are Five Fun Things You Can Do With Twitter:

1. There are people on Twitter who tweet as characters such as: Darth Vader and The Crew of Serenity (Mal, Kaylee, Simon, River, Jayne, Inara, Zoe, and Wash. ShepherdBook seems to have disappeared, sadly.)

2. There are all sorts of “official” informational feeds. Try: BBC (or BBCScotland, BBCWales), sfearthquakes, USGS, NASA (and CassiniSaturn, MarsRovers, MarsScienceLab, LRO_NASA, spaceweather, LunarOrbiter, APOD, the list goes on…), CNN, and CNN Breaking News.

3. There are also fun feeds, like TwitterLit that will post the first lines from random books. (KidderLit is available for Children’s books.)

4. Need a timer to remind you of something in half an hour? Send a direct message to timer. Need a weather forecast? Send a direct message to Forecast.

5. Search Twitter with Twitter Search. See what people are saying about a certain topic, or see what the current poplar topics are. In Advanced Search mode you can even look at tweets by area, ones from a certain person, and even ones with a “Positive Attitude” (a.k.a. 🙂 ).

So, there you are. A web 2.0 update for your Friday. If you encounter any more cool Twitter feeds or features, please let me know.

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Twittering

Are you familiar with Twitter, the micro-blog site? It’s a place that you can get short updates from friends and other interesting folks. Fremontlibraries now has an account over there. If you wish to “Follow” us, you can at – http://twitter.com/fremontblog. Expect random tidbits of information, notices of blog updates, and other miscellaneous comments.

For more information about Twitter, check out the video below, and we hope to see you over on Twitter soon.

Twitter in Plain English:

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