I’m a Twit


So, I finally gave in and registered for Twitter even though I really do not understand the practical purpose of the tool. I mean I understand what it’s for – telling people what you’re up to at every minute of the day – I just don’t know what it does for a shy guy like me and especially what it does professionally. Yet, I read library blog after library blog hailing Twitter as a great social networking tool. So I caved and decided to give it a try. Don’t want to be classified as a troglodyte who’s afraid of change after all.

Long-time readers will recall that I went through the same process with Facebook last year. Even though I found some things that Facebook is good for (Susan compares it to collecting one’s friends like Hummels), and find it fun to play games with my friends, professionally I’ve done zilch. Seemingly the moment I was convinced to sign up with Facebook was when Facebook-backlash began. Now people frustrated with Facebook offer plaudits for Twitter instead. So maybe I can be ahead of the curve, or at least on the curve this time. So far I’ve found that Twitter is a good forum for writing Haiku and publishing Overheard-type comments. If you want to follow me you can find me at http://twitter.com/Othemts.

Here’s a typical article Why Twitter Matters from iLibrarian.

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One response to this post.

  1. Greg Schwartz asks in a post at his Open Stacks blog:

    Those of you who use Twitter, what do you think makes it so compelling and sticky (i.e., challenging to walk away from)? Those of you who don’t use Twitter, have you tried it and walked away or are you avoiding it altogether? Either way, why?

    It’s an interesting discussion and I’ve left my reply. So far Twitter has been fun and while I’m following very few people I find it easier to actually connect with other library professionals compared with Facebook.

    I also need to try out that 31-Day Comment Challenge that Greg and some others are participating in.

    Reply

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