Twitter for Irish Archives, Archivists & Records Managers.

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Is twitter for the birds?
A brief look at twitter and its usage by @archivesireland to promote the work of www.learnaboutarchives.ie and the Archives & Records Association Ireland.

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Twitter for Irish Archives, Archivists & Records Managers.

  1. 1. <ul><li>Damien Burke </li></ul><ul><li>Archives & Records Association Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@archivesireland </li></ul>for the... is ?
  2. 2. what & why? <ul><li>a social networking tool for almost-instant communication through the exchange of quick, frequent messages </li></ul><ul><li>micro blogging – like texting - 140 characters per message </li></ul><ul><li>what’s the point in this narcissistic exercise? </li></ul><ul><li>isn’t twitter just another cog in wheel of communication overload? </li></ul>
  3. 3. why? <ul><li>The unofficial position here seems to be: ‘If we allow social media people won’t work they will just watch Youtube videos and update their Facebook status. </li></ul><ul><li>http://archivesoutside.records.nsw.gov.au/social-media-strategies-for-archives-what-we-learned/ </li></ul><ul><li>The ephemeral nature of Twitter has opened up our archives to a whole new browsing audience, who would otherwise not visit or even be aware of the archives. </li></ul><ul><li>http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20357058/MLA%20Report%201.2.pdf </li></ul>
  4. 4. why? <ul><li>promotes work to a wider audience </li></ul><ul><li>archives lend themselves to format </li></ul><ul><li>interprets records in new way </li></ul><ul><li>interact with information professionals </li></ul>
  5. 5. the lingo <ul><li>@username - @archivesireland (15 char.) </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet – send a message </li></ul><ul><li>RT - re-tweet a message from somebody else </li></ul><ul><li>DM – direct message (private) </li></ul><ul><li>Hashtag – track events, words, activities </li></ul><ul><li>@reply – response to something you have posted </li></ul><ul><li>@mention – any update that contains @username </li></ul><ul><li>#FF - Follow Friday - users suggest who to follow Fridays </li></ul>
  6. 6. how to <ul><li>create a twitter account </li></ul><ul><li>search & follow people </li></ul><ul><li>tweet </li></ul><ul><li>build a voice – retweet, reply, react </li></ul>
  7. 7. do’s & don'ts <ul><li>username </li></ul><ul><li>don’t be afraid </li></ul><ul><li>etiquette </li></ul><ul><li>be committed </li></ul><ul><li>don’t wait for policy </li></ul><ul><li>do think outside the box </li></ul>
  8. 8. who to follow - Ireland <ul><li>@archivesireland </li></ul><ul><li>@nuigarchives </li></ul><ul><li>@NLIreand </li></ul><ul><li>@NMIreland </li></ul><ul><li>@RCPIArchive </li></ul><ul><li>@stagedreaction </li></ul><ul><li>@TheRDS </li></ul><ul><li>@puesoccurrences </li></ul>
  9. 9. who to follow @archivesnext #followanarchive @IRMSConference #archives @dancohen #AskArchivists @UKNatArchives @paige_roberts @NARA_RecMgmt @srnsw @DigCurv @BLPAC @HicksShauna @lorcanD @BritishPathe
  10. 10. #followanarchive <ul><li>#followanarchive - 12 November 2010. This Twitter action is an initiative of the National Museum in Copenhagen, the City Archive of Aalborg (both in Denmark) and the Zealand Archive in Middelburg (the Netherlands). The Twitter action in an international event, so every archive in the world can take part. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask away on #AskArchivists Day on Twitter: 9th June 2011 - ask archivists about their job and collections in archives? </li></ul> #AskArchivists
  11. 11. time saving tools <ul><li>Tweetdeck - personal browser, with Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Twitpic or yfrog – share photos on Twitter in real-time </li></ul><ul><li>foller - Twitter analytics </li></ul><ul><li>Twitterfeed – feed your blog to Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>GroupTweet – private message to group on Twitter </li></ul>
  12. 12. tweetdeck
  13. 13. foller
  14. 14. @archivesireland
  15. 15. @nuigarchives
  16. 16. @RCPIArchive
  17. 17. @JQAdams_MHS <ul><li>‘ 9/8/1809: Head winds. Calm. Thick fog, and mist. No </li></ul><ul><li>Obs: Lat: 59-40. Long: 5-17. Agis and Cleomenes.Cards.’ </li></ul><ul><li>Line-a-day diary entries of John Quincy Adams, 6 th </li></ul><ul><li>president of the United States, beginning with his journey </li></ul><ul><li>to Russia on 5 August 1809, reads an awful like messages </li></ul><ul><li>on Twitter. They currently post a daily entry taken </li></ul><ul><li>verbatim from the Adams diary. </li></ul>
  18. 18. @JQAdams_MHS
  19. 19. @Kennedy1961
  20. 20. @samuelpepys
  21. 21. @wsadocuments
  22. 22. @wyorksarchives
  23. 23. preservation <ul><li>Library of Congress acquires entire twitter archive </li></ul><ul><li>Twapper Keeper </li></ul><ul><li>Backupify.com </li></ul>
  24. 24. sources http://www.slideshare.net/superfectablog/twitter-for-archivists http://ow.ly/4jFKr http://support.twitter.com/groups/31-twitter-basics http://agimo.govspace.gov.au/2011/03/24/tweeting-for-your-country/ http://archivesoutside.records.nsw.gov.au/ http://webwatchingforarchivists.blogspot.com/2010/06/twitter-for-archivists.html http://teachinghistory.org/digital-classroom/tech-for-teachers/21851
  25. 25. conclusion <ul><li>very positive learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>new connections </li></ul><ul><li>information overload </li></ul>

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