Twitter for Libraries (and for Everyone Else)<br />Professional Development Session<br />University Libraries<br />The University of Akron<br />14 September 2010<br />Developed by Shari Laster (@rhonabwy)<br />
What do you have to say about what everyone's saying?</li></ul>The big question:<br /><ul><li>What's happening?</li></li></ul><li> <br /> <br />
Some Twitter conventions<br />Twitter users developed some conventions and shortcuts to make the most of 140 characters:<br /><ul><li>@: Symbol put before a Twitter username, intended to say something to a user or direct others to a specific user.
"I think that @rhonabwy is awesome." <--everyone who follows you sees this message
"@rhonabwy I think you're awesome." <--@rhonabwy sees this message in "Mentions", plus anyone following you and @rhonabwy sees this message
"@uakronlibraries Do you think @rhonabwy is awesome?"<--@uakronlibraries and @rhonabwy see this message in "Mentions", plus anyone following you and @uakronlibraries sees this message</li></li></ul><li>Some Twitter conventions<br /><ul><li>RT: Retweet, reposting what someone else has said on Twitter (with their @). It's okay to add some comments before the RT, and it's okay to condense the tweet (usually to fit in the character limit).
"I agree! RT @rhonabwy Beets are awesome, and carrots are awesome. Libraries are awesome, too."
"I agree! RT @rhonabwy Libraries are awesome."
It's not okay to change what the person said, or to RT something said in a private account.</li></li></ul><li>Some Twitter conventions<br /><ul><li>#: Hashtag, used to tie a conversation together for searchers. Also used for identifying information.
"Our library just launched an exciting new service today! #libraries" <--searching for 'libraries' or '#libraries' would bring up this tweet
"Who wants a new totebag? #ala10" <--use the assigned hashtag for a specific event/topic so others can follow what's happening
"I need coffee. #tired" <--just in case it wasn't obvious</li></li></ul><li>Twitter tools<br />Many services can automatically update your Twitter feed with information about what you're doing, what you're reading, where you are, what you've blogged, and so on. <br />Other services can share your tweets with Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks. <br />Twitter has RSS feeds built in.<br />Many sites use Twitter to share their<br />RSS feeds.<br />And if you don't like Twitter's<br />interface, you can try out one of <br />dozens of clients.<br />
Twitter for libraries<br />Library accounts keep users informed on the latest news and developments:<br />@akronlibrary<br />@waynelibrary<br />@statelibohio<br />@fondrenlibrary<br />@MSUGovInfo<br />
Twitter for libraries<br />Vendor accounts keep us informed:<br />@OCLC<br />@iii_innovative<br />@LNAcademic<br />@OECD<br />@undata<br />
Twitter for libraries<br />We can stay updated on other topics of interest:<br />@uakron<br />@UAstudentgov<br />@AkronLaw<br />@ZippyTheRoo<br />@ODOT_Akron<br />
Twitter for libraries<br />We can follow movers and shakers within our disciplines:<br />@lisacarlucci<br />@LISNews<br />@carlmalamud<br />@freegovinfo<br />@wawoodworth<br />And we can see some of the moving and shaking that takes place: Let's eat peanut butter.<br />
Finding accounts to follow<br />Some accounts are linked on a website or included in a newsletter. <br />Easiest way to check? Use your favorite web search to find individuals or organizations by searching the name along with 'twitter'.<br />Check out accounts when they're retweeted by others you follow. Sometimes these are sharing more information you'd like to access.<br />When you meet someone, ask if they're on Twitter!<br />
What do I say on Twitter?<br /><ul><li>From my feeds: A Comic Book History of Printing http://bit.ly/9XSf6M
Finishing up a busy & productive day. Will tackle gym for the first time in eight weeks. Aiming for a tiny little tackle.
Does anyone have a link to a good overview of the California state budget situation?
I just called my mobile phone with Google's new phone service and spent 25 seconds amusing myself with the echo.
Recommended lunchtime listen: RT @LISNews Libraries Must be Agents of Change http://www.lisnews.org/node/37453</li></li></ul><li>More on getting started<br />Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians). Information Today, Inc. 23 July 2010.<br />A Guide to Twitter in Libraries. iLibrarian. 17 August 2007.<br />Twittering Libraries. David Lee King. 9 May 2007.<br />10 Easy Steps for Twitter Beginners. TwiTip. 16 November 2008.<br />13 Twitter Tips and Tutorials. TwiTip. 18 April 2009.<br />Twitter for Librarians. Squidoo. 2010.<br />