“that lunatic site called Twitter” (Oliver Freeman) The first point I want to make is that Twitter is not what the media are calling it. it’s not about the minutiae of everyday lifeand nobody posts updates like this… except Andy! So before we get started I just want to gauge what your experience of Twitter is. How many of you have Twitter accounts? Keep your hand in the air if you tweet once a weekonce a day When I first joined Twitter I set up my account, found a few of my friends to follow and then sat back and waited for something to happen. And waited… and when nothing happened I thought well this is pretty lame and I gave up. Then a few months later when everyone had started talking about Twitter I thought I’d better give it another try. This time I went in with a strategy firstly I thought about exactly what Twitter was for – it’s about creating a network and communicating with that networkthen I considered how this would be useful for me – I knew I didn’t need to use it socially as Facebook already filled that niche for me so I decided to use it professionally and look for other librarians to follow. How did I go about finding other librarians? I started off by looking at the library blogs I read and seeing if any of the authors were using Twitter. Then I looked at their followers and who they were mentioning and widened my network that way.
So that you can get a feel for my network I’m going to log in to my account now and ask my followers to say hi and comment on why they find Twitter useful (slide added after demo). Because you’re limited to 140 characters you have to be succinct and really focus on getting to the point. A lot of people use Twitter in conjunction with their blog to promote their ideas and engage in discussion. There are two ways to do this put a link to your blog in your biopush your blog’s feed to Twitter through a third party service such as http://twitterfeed.com/
e.g. post on the recently renovated Newcastle City Library which was pushed out on Twitter automatically. This was then picked up by @ToonLibraries….
... and as a result I saw the stats on my blog soarAndy experienced a similar increase in traffic to his blog by promoting his post on the Harvard/EBSCO situation through Twitter. Linking your accounts from other sites is not limited to blogs. Basically anything with a feed can be pushed through your Twitter account e.g. Delicious, Flickr etc.
Responses from question tweeted at beginning of session (slide added after the demo)
Over the past few days we’ve been undertaking some networking in the traditional sense. It would be great if we could come away from the conference and continue to build the BBSLG community on Twitter.