Library user: “Are you on Twitter?”
Me: “Yes. http://twitter.com/earthlib”
And that’s it.
Here’s a little more about the blue canary
Twitter is a current zeitgeist. That’s why I signed us up. I felt, having ignored it for a good long while, that not giving users of the library at least the opportunity to ‘follow’ us would be closing the door on potential library users. To call yourself a library (a place of information) you surely have to demonstrate that you are keeping current with trends. That you offer all possible lines of communication. Even when there’s no demand.
The library has been on Twitter for a year now and I have a grand total of TWO undergraduates following our progress. One of whom only started following 2 weeks ago, had I been quicker off the mark I could have said just one follower. Now the twitterista might say that I haven’t pushed it enough, that my fortnightly notification of the library news is just not really engaging with the thing. But should I be pushing a service that nobody asks for? How much time (which I don’t have an over-abundance of) should I devote to this tool?
As for academics the only response has been in the form of a question, they’d heard of twitter, I kept mentioning it in the Newsletter and it’s on the library e-mail signature; what is it? what does it do? could I explain? So I tried my best: microblogging, short timely messages, quick back and forth, information exchange, et cetera, et cetera. I was duly thanked for the clarification and then it was suggested that I remove one of the people we follow as their posts tended to be sometimes a little crude. What would you do? Interesting article: riding social media’s trojan horse.
In these past cam23 weeks I have engaged with twitter more, have more followers, and follow more people. I asked, possibly in a twitter post, how is twitter making you a better librarian? So far I’ve had one answer to that post. Twitter fail? You have the right to speak but no-one has to listen to you. I’ve got more questions now:
- Do you read all the tweets?
- How often do you respond?
- How many links do you click on?
- Do you read all the articles that are linked?
- Where do you get the time?
- Am I really that badly organised?
Most of all though, I find Twitter to be specious.
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