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Next week is CALCASA’s Campus Training & Technical Assistance Institute in Las Vegas.  As part of our ongoing effort to increase and enhance our use of technology in the Campus program, we’ve been exploring the use of Twitter to enhance communication experiences.
Many of you may already be using Twitter to network with friends, family and co-workers.  The Campus program has been using Twitter to receive updates from campuses and, in addition, we will be using it actively at the upcoming Institute.
If you have a Twitter account, start talking to CALCASA on Twitter! Our account username is @CALCASA. Send us a “tweet” or Direct Message. The Campus team is on Twitter too, so start following us! — @theacalcasa, @DanCALCASA, @LiviaCALCASA.
To simplify your Twitter experience, we suggest downloading a free application called TweetDeck. It allows you to filter your tweets. For example, you could categorize your friends/family in one group, so you only see their tweets. And you could have another category for Campus TTI folks. TweetDeck also makes it easier to search for specific terms and keywords.
At the Institute, we’ll be using a function on Twitter called Hash Tags. That’s when you see something in a tweet that has a # prefix. A Hash Tag is simply a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic. For example, if you search #sexualassault, you’ll get a list of tweets related to this topic. At the Institute, we’ll be using the Hash Tag #VegasTTI.
We hope you start practicing you Twitter skills! :] Feel free to practice on us — @CALCASA.
If you’re feeling unsure about the Twitter-sphere, or you want a little more direction, our resident Twitterer is Jessica Napier. She’s our Online Media Producer, and she’ll be at the Institute in June. She’s happy to help anyone start the conversation on Twitter. If you have questions about signing up, e-mail her at jessica@calcasa.org.