Twitter Essential Training, 2011 Edition

2011 revision goes live.

Get more from your software.I’m very pleased to announce that my latest Lynda.com course, a revision of my 2009 and 2010 Twitter courses, is now online. Here’s the official description from the good folks at Lynda.com:

In Twitter Essential Training, author Maria Langer explains how to use Twitter, a social network for sharing short bites of information instantly with others. This course covers how to sign up for a Twitter account, send and read Twitter updates (called tweets), and build a network of followers. The training also describes how to get the most out of Twitter by customizing an individual profile, setting privacy options, following trending topics, and tapping into third-party resources that make it easier to follow and send updates.

Topics include:

  • Uploading a profile picture to an account
  • Setting account options to meet specific needs
  • Using lists
  • Sharing photos and Web content with friends
  • Adding Twitter feeds to web sites
  • Searching for people and tweets
  • Following and blocking users
  • Tweeting by SMS
  • Establishing a business presence
  • Understanding Twitter interface changes

Twitter Essential Training Now Online

2010 edition goes live.

Get more from your software.I’m very pleased to announce that my latest Lynda.com course, a revision of my 2009 Twitter course, is now online. Here’s the official description from the good folks at Lynda.com:

In Twitter Essential Training, author Maria Langer explains how to use Twitter, an online microblogging service that offers a way to share short bites of information instantly with others. This course covers how to sign up for a Twitter account, send and read Twitter updates (called tweets), and build a network of followers. The training also describes how to get the most out of Twitter by customizing an individual profile, setting privacy options, following trending topics, and tapping into third-party resources that make it easier to follow and send updates.

Topics Include:

  • Uploading an image or avatar to an account
  • Setting options to meet specific needs
  • Using lists
  • Sharing photos with friends and family
  • Adding Twitter feeds to web sites
  • Including hyperlinks in tweets
  • Following and blocking users
  • Using SMS
  • Tweeting for a business

Duration: 3.25 Hours

View the intro movie on YouTube.

There are lots of free videos you can check out on the course main page. Enjoy!

New on Lynda.com: WordPress.com 2.7 Essential Training

New training videos for WordPress.com users.

I’m pleased to announce the release of my latest online training material for Lynda.com: WordPress.com 2.7 Essential Training.

From the official course description:

The blogging revolution has led to new levels of communication on the information superhighway. WordPress 2.7 Essential Training is the onramp for anyone who wants to get up to speed quickly and easily. Maria Langer, author and veteran blogger, shows how to set up a free WordPress account, create posts, and maintain a blog. She goes on to explore the possibilities WordPress offers for creating blogs that are unique in style and voice. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics Include:
• Understanding the functionality of WordPress
• Composing and previewing pages
• Including images and multimedia files in posts
• Moderating comments and pingbacks
• Adding and managing user accounts
• Customizing with widgets

I want to add here that this material is also great basic instruction for self-hosted WordPress 2.7 users interested in learning the basics of blogging with WordPress. This course could be considered a “prerequisite” for my Self-Hosting a WordPress Site course, also on Lynda.com.

Lynda.comRemember: if you have a Lynda.com membership, you can view all of these videos — and any other video in the library — for free. You don’t pay per title; you pay by the month or year. This is an excellent value for anyone interested in learning lots of new software and topics without spending a fortune on books, one-on-one training, or training videos. Give it a try!

New on Lynda.com: Self-Hosting a WordPress Site

New training videos for self-hosted WordPress users.

I’m extremely pleased to announce the release of my latest online training material for Lynda.com: Self-Hosting a WordPress Site.

From the official course description:

In Self-Hosting a WordPress Site, author and avid blogger Maria Langer shows how a blog can be customized to make it stand out in the digital crowd. Maria walks WordPress users—from casual bloggers to seasoned pros—through the steps to making a blog truly unique. This course goes beyond the basics, like setting a standard theme, and demonstrates such advanced techniques as incorporating CSS, PHP, and HTML.

Topics Include:
• Installing WordPress on any ISP
• Touring a WordPress CMS site
• Understanding all the content creation options
• Creating a customized look with PHP and CSS changes
• Using plug-ins to add features
• Setting options for user accounts

Lynda.comRemember: if you have a Lynda.com membership, you can view all of these videos — and any other video in the library — for free. You don’t pay per title; you pay by the month or year. This is an excellent value for anyone interested in learning lots of new software and topics without spending a fortune on books, one-on-one training, or training videos. Give it a try!