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Twitter as a Tool

The purpose of this group is to have one place to discuss using Twitter as a library tool.

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Library Vendors Using Twitter - add any you know.

List of library Vendors using Twitter

I created one on Google Docs - add to it please:

Discussion Forum

Hashtag #biblioteca in Twitter 1 Reply

Started by Luis Larrea-Tarruella. Last reply by Wilma van den Brink Aug 10, 2011.

Twitter Application List

Started by Luis Larrea-Tarruella May 25, 2011.

Useful Tweeting beyond libraries 1 Reply

Started by Gary Green. Last reply by Gary Green Oct 29, 2009.

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Comment by Beverly Choltco-Devlin on March 23, 2009 at 2:56pm
Great idea, Bill.
Comment by Rebecca on March 23, 2009 at 3:03pm
Not only is Twitter good for alerting users when a new library blog entry is posted, but also for alerting users about "tech tips", info lit tips, etc. See this example:
Comment by Gail McGovern on March 23, 2009 at 3:07pm
I thought this was a good easy to understand video on using Twitter to use with the public as a training tool
Comment by Bob Kosovsky on March 23, 2009 at 3:20pm
Thanks for the invite Bill. I've been using Twitter for several months. It's easy to see it's usefulness in broadcasting one-way messages. It's a little more difficult to see how we could use it for two-way communication. I note that often Twitterers develop their own "language" for use between them, or between a circle of people. It's harder to translate that for people who are not used to using Twitter. Of course, you can always try to teach, but especially for those who are slow to technology, Twitter will represent a hurdle. Then again, perhaps it's one of those things that need not be worried about in 20 years, when there will be fewer people who fear computer use.
Comment by Junior Tidal on March 23, 2009 at 4:03pm
We've been using Twitter for general alerts and updates on our blog -
Comment by TG on March 23, 2009 at 4:12pm
THANK YOU for the invite! Now I really need to work on this more! I appreciate the motivation! :)
Comment by Morgan Mandel on March 23, 2009 at 4:25pm
Thanks for the invite. I think it would be great if libraries used Twitter as a vehicle to promote special events and services. Already, I get news flashes from CNN and other places. I get news faster on Twitter than anywhere else.
Morgan Mandel
Comment by Grisell Rodriguez on March 23, 2009 at 4:52pm
Great stuff. I was recently asked to give a short talk/presentation on Twitter, basically my use of Twitter and how it could work for libraries. My audience is library personnel who do not have a Twitter account and my talk must be geared toward convincing this group that keeping a Twitter account is a good thing for our library. Therefore, I look forward to all the comments from the group for inspiration. Thanks much Bill
Comment by Ray Matthews on March 23, 2009 at 5:37pm
This is really timely, Bill. I appreciate that you've organized this. We'll be teaching our first Twitter class (tomorrow) on March 24 to librarians in Utah (9 a.m. - 12 pm MDT). We'll follow everyone here who joins this Library 2.0 group. If you would like to follow us, I would very appreciate followers who might be available during this class to provide the class with Reply and Direct Message suggestions for using Twitter in a library setting. We have several Twitter accounts. The one that we will be using for training is: Thanks all.

Ray Matthews
Utah State Library
Comment by Dana Longley on March 23, 2009 at 9:21pm
I'm not totally sold on Twitter as an effective tool for more formal communication channels, but it is a great tool for info sharing among a close knit community (such as librarians!); as a digital storytelling tool; and as a way to keep up on current events.

I've been a twitter user for a while now (and I find it a great way to keep up with events, trends and just fun stuff in my areas of interest (libraries, gaming, etc.), but just started one for our library (which we haven't promoted yet), which I'm trying to use as both a way to push out news, but also hopefully pass along some info lit skills along the way:

Looking forward to attending your SUNYLA panel session, Bill!


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