Tweet-errific!

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I found Twitter to be a very interesting medium. When I initially learned about Twitter a few years back, I thought that the concept had no merit. Why would I want to spend my time letting people know what I had for breakfast, or what I bought at the store? It seemed too time consuming without much return. More recently, I’ve been noticing that many sites are including the Twitter icon. Does this mean that Twitter is more popular and actually has uses that would warrant busy companies and busy people to bother with it? After reading the numerous articles on the benefits and uses of a Twitter account for libraries alone, I discovered that there is certainly a large return for this communicative medium. How interesting! That information coupled with my own experience for Exercise 3’s Twitter usage, convinced me. When I work in a library, I will definitely be implementing Tweets as a medium of communication to the library users.

There were various ideas that I thought would be beneficial to a library. Firstly, the obvious concepts of tweeting library events and new material in the library’s holdings are perfect for the quick and short tweets. Additionally, tweets are not very time consuming for every librarian within one library to contribute to regularly or at least on a rotation. This way, the information would be varied, and would cover all parts of the library – the children’s department, the young adult area, reference services, etc. Secondly, giving out information that’s not necessary for the patron to actually visit the library in person, I found to be a great point. Some of the tweets I’ve been reading this week are library or information relevant, but did not necessitate the user to come into the library. Thirdly, one article mentioned that people like to read about information related to the news. For instance, the iPad2 came out today – announced by Steve Jobs. Jobs has recently taken an indefinite medical absence, but made an appearance for the announcement. If a library were to get on board with that information, and tweet the book The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience by Carmine Gallo, people would be interested. Furthermore, those libraries linking a pathway to request a hold of that book on their OPAC would be successful in promoting the information and the library. Lastly, I like the idea that it’s not just about advertising a library’s holdings and disseminating information successfully, but creating a positive image for itself. If people associate positivity to a library, then they will be more likely to utilize its services.