Thinking About Twittering?
If you’ve been listening to the news recently, it seems that everyone is Twittering. So, what exactly is Twitter?
Twitter is a micro-blogging and social networking service that has been around since August 2006. It allows users to send short messages with no more than 140 characters (a.k.a. “tweets”) from a computer or a mobile device to their followers. A recent Pew Internet survey found that nearly 11% of online American adults use Twitter or a similar service to share updates with others.
Free applications such as Tweeterific, Twhirl, Twitterfeed and Facebook app help you send or read tweets from your computer, your smart phone including Blackberry or iPhone, or your cell phone. Instant Messaging applications such as Skype also allow you to send tweets without logging in to the Web page. See more applications at http://twitter.com/downloads.
Libraries and librarians have been using Twitter to post announcements, class updates, new services, interesting articles, and resource sharing. Some examples are:
- Library of Congress Twitter, 2,473 followers
- Santa Fe Public Library in New Mexico, 114 followers
- Boerne Library in Texas, 271 followers
- MD Anderson Library in Texas, 53 followers
- Medical Librarians Twitter, 252 followers
Here are some useful resources and interesting articles:
- Twitter in Plain English
- NYTimes – Twitter? It’s What You Make It
- Library Success – Libraries Using Twitter
- Twitter for Health
Thanks to Julie Gaines at UTHSC-San Antonio for additional examples of twittering libraries and medical librarians.