Twitter and Its Value To Librarians


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Twitter and Its Value To Librarians - The Rise Of The Microblogging Service:

Twitter and Its Value To Librarians - The Rise Of The Microblogging Service Phil Bradley LIS 2009

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Twitter is a microblogging resource with a character limit of 140 characters per message, or 'tweet' as they are generally referred to. In answer to the question 'What are you doing?' users are free to type in anything that they choose; silly, serious, inane, important etc

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People will 'follow' other people, and will be 'followed' in turn. This means that you can see their 'tweets' and they can see yours. It's also possible to import links to blog posts, images, sound files into your 'twitter stream' or to export tweets to your website/weblog

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Users can 'Re-Tweet' posts, which is to say copy and paste a tweet from someone they follow to their followers to propagate a message The use of self/group defined #hashtags makes it much easier to search for, and follow tweets about a specific subject or conference

How can librarians use Twitter?:

How can librarians use Twitter? Allows you to keep in contact with colleagues, to see what they're doing, what their interests are, read their opinions/thoughts/ideas

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Keep informed about developments from publishers; both in terms of what they're publishing, but also events they're running

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You can promote what your library service is doing. Attract new users, offer gifts or incentives, increase awareness and have fun!

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Provide instant answers and point people in the right direction

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Follow links to events, keep briefed on current affairs

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Use Twitter as an RSS reader to keep up to date with blog entries

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Share photographs quickly and easily, especially if using a smartphone

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Ask questions using polls, Re-Tweet for maximum results

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Keep involved with conferences even if you can’t attend them with 3 rd party sites

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Add short (3 minute) audio posts using Audioboo and add in a photograph as well!

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Broaden your knowledge of a subject by following the right people/organizations

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Ask questions! Answer questions!

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Find new people to follow using Twitter search or 3 rd party sites like WeFollow

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Communicate more effectively Discuss events as they happen Send people Direct Messages

Follow authors:

Follow authors

Follow dead people:

Follow dead people

And more...:

And more... Networking, both professional, friend to friend News: new books, closing early, new staff Marketing tool Broadcasting content Updating a website via Twitter


Advantages Free Fast Simple Effective Brevity ‘Always on’ Instant information


Disadvantages Media hype ‘Fail Whale’ Brevity (what can you say in 140 characters?) Small number of users Spam 3 rd party applications Viruses

6 things when getting started...:

6 things when getting started...

Directories to find people:

Directories to find people

Not forgetting...:

Not forgetting... Thank you!

Thanks to::

Thanks to: for the Twitter/iPhone image

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