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  • 1. Online Social Networks
    • Why should librarians be there?
    • Common answers you may have already heard:
    • To be where the clients are
    • Awareness of where clients are getting information
    • My answer:
    • To surround yourself with the gurus
    • As sources of our own current awareness- to help with keeping up
  • 2. Journals Newspapers Books Encyclopaedia A history lesson : Information sources before the internet Information seeker Libraries People/ Gurus
  • 3. Online Journals/ Indexes Online Newspapers Websites Books (Or rather the catalogues and indexes to them) Online Encyclopaedias Then came the internet and the web: Forums Information seeker Browse Browse
  • 4. Online Journals/ Indexes Online Newspapers Websites Books (Or rather the catalogues and indexes to them) Online Encyclopaedia Forums Information seeker Search Search Wikis Blogs
  • 5. Online Journals/ Indexes Online Newspapers Websites Books (Or rather the catalogues and indexes to them) Online Encyclopaedias Blogs Wikis Forums Information seeker RSS RSS
  • 6.
    • David Sacks. The New Portals: It’s the Bread, Not the Peanut Butter.
    • http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/05/31/the-new-portals-its-the-bread-not-the-peanut-butter/
  • 7. Online Journals/ Indexes Online Newspapers Websites Books (Or rather the catalogues and indexes to them) Online Encyclopaedias Blogs Wikis Forums Information seeker Sharing Sharing
  • 8. The elements of a social network: From Gene Smith “Social software building blocks” http:// nform.ca /publications/social-software-building-block
  • 9. From Gene Smith “Social software building blocks” http:// nform.ca /publications/social-software-building-block
  • 10. What you see before you join:
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  • 14. The elements of a Twitter home page:
  • 15.  
  • 16. Earlier Now
  • 17. International Librarians Australian Librarians Perth Web Developers Gurus that I follow:
  • 18. Real life example (Guru in action):
  • 19. From Graphviz via Sam Sethi via Michael Sauers Robert Scoble’s sphere of influence via Twitter: The guru effect on Twitter:
  • 20. Applications for Twitter delivery:
    • Twitter web
    • SMS
    • IM
    • RSS
    • Email
    • Firefox extensions and plugins
    • Desktop applications for every platform
    • Homepage widgets
    • Blog widgets
    • Google desktop gadget
    • Mobile (phone) web
    • Twittergram for posting voice
    • Apps for reading twitter to voice
    • Facebook application
    • Second life applications
    • Etc etc
    For a full list see “Twitter Fan wiki”
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  • 24. So how do social networks work for current awareness?
    • Find yourself a social network where the people whose opinions you value (your gurus) are.
    • Join
    • Friend or follow those people
    • Be willing to contribute to the conversations.
    • Experience the information flows.