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Rise of the twegals


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Introduction to why you would use twitter - from perspective of a law school librarian.

Introduction to why you would use twitter - from perspective of a law school librarian.

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  • Tweeting from the courtroom? Successful campaigns run via twitter pressure
  • Twitter is instantaneous – you hear about the big cases very quickly, and get commentary from a variety of sources soon after. This doesn’t replace quality, peer-reviewed articles within journals of course, but gives you a good starting point to gather your own thoughts very fast. One of the big campaigns run via Twitter has been that of libel reform and each of the cases that group has supported has been followed intricately on twitter, the draft defamation bill came out last Tues and within an hour you could access a mass of blogposts and short comment via twitter.
  • I’m not sure how many of my students are actually on twitter, I suspect it’s not a huge number, however the recent posts also appear on lawbore so they can see them that way. Certainly students refer to things that I’ve posted up so some of them must be reading it! I spend a lot of my working day with students as my office is actually on the law library floor and they come in as and when they have a question, problem or just want to offload. Students like to see you as well-rounded person – link to comment from Malcolm Cross re students knowing lecturers, whether it’s a silly thing about a gig you’ve been to or electrocuting yourself. I’m followed by students from many other universities too and this is great for widening the community of students, both promoting what we do here at City as well as hearing what concerns they have. There are some excellent law student tweeters and bloggers out there.
  • This is a really important one – it’s made quite a big deal for me as I’ve got a whole network of legal folk out there to get ideas from, and bounce things around. Before this my network was narrower; other law librarians and selected academics. Now I have solicitors, barristers, academics, legal writers, journalists and students in my network. I attended an event last month on legal blogging which I’d been invited to by one of our alumni (who is now a barrister and very well-known tweeter/blogger) and it was great for forging new relationships and getting new contributors to my site.
  • Being on twitter means that every day I come across a few gems that I’m able to pass on to my students – via twitter and also quick posts in the relevant module. I can add important links to our website lawbore, or sometimes it prompts me to write a longer post for our Law Careers blog. I’ve also just started doing a round-up of interesting stuff relating to law as a profession. For my academics it’s also useful – I can keep an eye out for items relating to subjects that they teach or areas of research and feed back.
  • It’s a great place to get your stuff out there: if you’re a keen blogger then you can push out new posts via twitter and get lots of new readers (especially if it is retweeted by others). Similarly if you comment on a blog you can also highlight this – gets people engaged. Some people use it to promote things they’ve been involved with or awards they’ve won (I’m not too keen on this).
  • This relates to a number of things I’ve already mentioned (esp the community element), but being active on twitter does mean a lot more ideas floating round your head. Ideas for article – getting ideas from others.
  • #FF is a really good way to share your faves with your followers. Also great for gathering new ones to your fold. Always credit any tweet you retweet with where you saw it, as well as the authorStrike a careful balance – it’s OK to use for promotion but not in a relentless fashion. People will quickly catch onto this and stop following, esp if no engagement. Thank anyone who #FF’s you or who RT’s one of your tweets.
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    • 1. Rise of the twegals
      Emily Allbon - Law Librarian @lawbore
    • 2. Twitter: How? When?
      Joined end of 2009
      Different way of communicating with students/academic staff
      Extra service for Lawbore
      Very sporadic random tweeting at first
      “Law, Libraries and Life” tagline
    • 3. Tide changing
      Lawyers increased presence over last 6 months. Includes:
      Legal press
      Law students
      Legal commentators
      In tandem with blogging, has taken over from old-style law reporting
    • 4. What do I use it for?
    • 5. Keeping up to date
      Getting quality commentary quickly
      Hear about big cases
      Great starting point for forming your thoughts
    • 6. New way of communicating
      More likely to engage if you give more of yourself away?
      Does professional - private persona need to be split?
    • 7. Being part of a wider (supportive) community
      Widen networks – forging new relationships
      Extends to the ‘real world’ e.g. meeting at tweet-ups or events
    • 8. Widening my knowledge
      …and passing on relevant info to academics and students
    • 9. Promoting what I do
      Share examples of your (or your institution’s):
    • 10. Improving involvement at events/conferences
      Tweet at conferences to:
      Create a useful archive of posts
      Engage with others
      Keep those who weren’t able to make it in the loop
    • 11. Getting ideas
      Perfect for trying out, testing, gathering expertise
    • 12. Twit-iquette
      Do observe the #FF convention
      Do credit sources with use of the RT symbol
      Don’t use for cynical
      Do give a glimpse of yourself too
      Do respond to DM’s
      Give thanks!
      Use a URL shortener
    • 13. Can be a bit ……surreal…
      Knowing people virtually but not personally
    • 14. Why I love twitter (final thoughts)
      Thrill of tweeting something first
      Direct feedback
    • 15. Thanks for images (CC licence via flickr)
      Slide 1 – ‘The elect. Not the elected’ by Steve Punter
      Slide 3 – ‘Crashing wave’ by Clearly Ambiguous
      Slide 4 – ‘twitterpack’ by carrotcreative and ‘Why?’ by KayVee.INC
      Slide 5 – ‘...and in last place’ by …Tim
      Slide 6 – ‘megaphone’ by Robert.Nilsson
      Slide 7 – ‘Pyramid’ by joninonatan
      Slide 8 – ‘henry loved eating books’ by jacquelinetinney