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  • 1. Twitterpated! Leanna Simpkins Leanna.simpkins@eagles.usm.edu
  • 2. What is Twitter?  Social Networking Web Site  Micro-blogging  140 characters or less  Messages are called “Tweets”  Users have friends or “followers”  Web Site to talk about “What’s Happening?” Image Courtesy of Twitter 2 LIS 557 1/9/2011
  • 3. Common Uses of Twitter  Instant Updates  Fire Departments use Twitter to keep the community apprised of fire emergencies.  News  Users can get up to the minute updates from many news agencies.  Friends and family  Majority of Twitter users use it to keep friends and family apprised of what they’re doing at any given moment. http://websearch.about.com/od/blogsforumssocialsites/qt/twitter.htm 3 LIS 557 1/9/2011
  • 4. Twitter’s Popularity  Easy to use.  Instant popularity with  Does not require technical friends and followers. know-how.  Instant social fan club.  Short messages.  Celebrities can follow  Grammar isn’t important. anyone and respond  Feel like a part of directly to anyone as well. something great.  Great way to network and  Easy to get followers. market new ideas. http://www.blogbloke.com/twitter-popular/ 4 LIS 557 1/9/2011
  • 5. How Do I Tweet  Go to http://twitter.com  Set up an account  Fill out profile information  Search for people you know or wish to follow  Type messages about “What’s Happening”.  Check Twitter frequently Image courtesy of Twitter http://support.twitter.com/groups/31-twitter-basics 5 LIS 557 1/9/2011
  • 6. Twittering Libraries  It’s quick, easy, and free  Creates community  Expands the reach of the library  Makes the library more accessible  Great for public relations  Libraries need a strong online presence http://lis5313.ci.fsu.edu/wiki/index.php/Twittering_Libraries 6 LIS 557 1/9/2011
  • 7. How Libraries Can Use Twitter  For library announcements  To post news such as special events, holiday hours, exhibits, new book arrivals  A reference service  Networking with other libraries and librarians  A short newsletter  Customer service  To send alerts about requested materials  Another communication tool with patrons http://lis5313.ci.fsu.edu/wiki/index.php/Twittering_Libraries 7 LIS 557 1/9/2011
  • 8. Twitter Pros  Efficiency  Powerful and quick way to get news out about the library  Marketing/Public Relations  Excellent way to increase online presence  Free  Accessible, easy to use  Brevity  Messages must be brief and to the point  Collaboration and Networking  Work with other libraries LIS 557 http://lis5313.ci.fsu.edu/wiki/index.php/Twittering_Libraries 8 1/9/2011
  • 9. Twitter Cons  Messages are too short  Patrons have not quite caught on  Another thing to update  Time-waster  Lack of colleague support  Technological Problems Twitter’s Fail Whale – seen when the Web Site reaches full capacity. Image courtesy of Twitter http://lis5313.ci.fsu.edu/wiki/index.php/Twittering_Libraries 9 LIS 557 1/9/2011
  • 10. Helpful Resources  http://lis5313.ci.fsu.edu/wiki/index.php/Twittering_Libr aries  http://support.twitter.com/groups/31-twitter- basics/topics/104-welcome-to-twitter- support/articles/166337-the-twitter-glossary  http://support.twitter.com/groups/31-twitter- basics/topics/104-welcome-to-twitter- support/articles/100990-how-to-sign-up-on-twitter  http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Twitter  http://support.twitter.com/articles/18311-the-twitter- rules 10 LIS 557 1/9/2011
  • 11. Thank you for your attention. Any thoughts and ideas on how to use Twitter in your library? 11 LIS 557 1/9/2011

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