I really like this great presentation from Rodd Lucier, Canada!
While the short form musings of a generation chronicled by Twitter might seem ephemeral, the Library of Congress wants to save them for posterity — and Google wants to let you search them like an archive! We’ve already seen the 140-character status updates on what people are doing turn into a global publishing phenomenon.
Now Twitter messages will be archived permanently by the Library of Congress.
The Twitter archive of all public tweets, starting from its inception in March 2006, will join such august collections such as letters from the Civil War and famous photographs from Great Depression-era works project.
For its part, Google thinks you shouldn’t have to wait to start doing sociological and anthropological research into the Twitter archive — so it’s turning on a feature that lets you choose a point in time and start to “replay” the short-form messages from that point on. Google’s search combines Twitter updates with those from MySpace, Facebook and its own fledgling micro-publishing service Buzz.
The point of all this?
We’re watching the making of digital history – again! You may still have a lot of people to explain Twitter to – now you have an additional reason to make them sit up and take notice.
Via Andrew Hiskens on Twitter and Wired.
Twitter can be confusing at best, and downright intimidating to many newcomers.
This guide should give you the basics you need to get more out of Twitter, whether you use it for your business or personal life.
This Twitter Guide covers Twitter basics, terminology, etiquette, tools, twitter clients to use on your computer, other Twitter services, finding friends, using lists, communication, promotion, and more. Additional links to read are also included and combined will provide all the information you need to learn about or use Twitter effectively.
Whether you are teaching a class, helping a friend or just looking for information for yourself these guides from Mashable are a great resource.
The Facebook Guide topics include:
- Facebook 101: The Basics
- Managing Your Facebook Wall
- Using Facebook for Business
- How to become a fan of Mashable
- Using Facebook Applications
- Facebook 305:Advanced Topics
Twitter Guide topics include:
- Twitter 101 – The Basics
- Building Your Twitter Community
- Twitter for Business
- Twitter Guide Book To Go: PDF Download and Slideshow
- Sharing on Twitter
- Managing Your Twitter Stream
Working ever so hard on editing some book materials, I found I was relying on my online connections to deliver quick answers to curly questions. One port of call was Ask a Librarian from the National Library of Australia.
I logged on for a quick real-time reference query. Wonderful personal service – and a nice chance to chuckle (via text) with a fellow professional. My chat log was emailed to me just as soon as I logged off – containing all the links to information I needed.
This is very cool!
My other port of call was – of course – twitter. My queries resulted in general responses, so quick Direct Message assistance, and some regular help with people willing to go home and ferret around to find specifically the information I needed.
BUT Twitter got Borked! We all went off line – mid conversation! It’s times like this that I realise how having no Twitter is just like having no phone line used to be in ‘the old days’.
From Mashable: Twitter Has Been Hacked; BBC News: Pro Iranian Hackers Hit Twitter and Opposition Websites.
Autoposting Connects the Dots to Twitter and Facebook: For those of us that have multiple social media accounts (think: Flickr, Twitter, personal blog, Facebook), there is always a dilemma of where to post what, and whether to replicate posts across multiple sites. This dilemma is even more vexing since, whereas Twitter tweets are limited to 140 character text and links, Facebook posts can include pictures, text and video of variable lengths, and personal blogs are as custom as you want to get. Here, Posterous really shines, giving you the ability to autopost your posterous posts to one or more services, defaulting the title of the post as the Twitter tweet
This is a very useful post – about Posterous. Of course, I shared my reading of this via Posterous!
If renowned author Ernest Hemingway could write a full story in just six words (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn”), then teachers and librarians should encourage their students to use Twitter and text messages as part of their literacy lessons
@Simplybooks Promoting reading and good literature, as well as providing links and information about quality approaches to reading education.
So you see, I’m keeping myself busy making Twitter work for me – and hopefully for you too!
Is there anything else I could do to help you?
A colleague a few months ago asked, “so how do I know when you have send out a message on Twitter”?
Good question – especially if you are new to Twitter.
It’s interesting to watch ‘newbies’ develop their own online etiquette and management of their Twitter use. Lots of options, but there are a few key tips that we could all keep in mind as we ‘tweet’ away.
1. Profile: Decide on a private of public profile (I keep my public, as I am happy to share my information finds with anyone who is interested). Make sure to put some key information into you bio – nothing worse than non-information!
2. Discuss and Collaborate: Use the @ symbol to reply to anything of interest, or to have a conversation on a topic. Using the @ symbol lets you know if someone has tweeted a message to you, started a conversation, or replied to a general query for help. Ah hah, here’s the answer to my colleague’s question.
3. Direct Message: I set up my DM to come to my email anyway, so I know if I have received an important message that I might want to jump right over to Twitter to respond to. After all, I don’t share my email with everyone but it’s a communication tool that is always at my fingertips – especially at work!
4. Keeping the Conversation live: Each time you jump onto Twitter (some people keep a steady stream open in the background using TweetDeck or a similar tool) be sure to click on your @messages and your DM (Direct messages).
5. Favourites: Nothing beats the knowledge power of the crowd. There are many good things to follow up at a later time. Just “favourite” the tweet – and when you have time later (weeks later sometimes) you can revisit all your favourites for thorough investigation!! I have to confess this gets away with me a bit – so the school hols are a good time to regroup and clear out your list
6. Digging deeper: Use the power of search to find tweets of interest on your area of interest. Of course, trending topics can be interesting too.
7. Bend it to your purpose: The power of the hashtag means you can keep a theme going, or focus on a workshop or conference presentation – sharing information with others. For example #necc09 brings back all the wonderful thoughts, ideas, reflections and information links from the NECC (National Education Computing Conference) Washington this year!
8. Pushing the information further: Of course one of the wonderful things of interconnected personal networks is the capacity to distribute and share information. The power of RT is one to watch – “re-tweet” – and Twitter etiquette encourages us to attribute to the original message. For example deangroom@heyjudeonline thanks for the link http://blabberize.com/ – is so funny – love the demo!
Is this all for real?
You bet! Organisations the world over are communicating to educators and librarians with relevant and important information. Libraries, Tech organisations, the Board of Studies NSW and other organisations, Tertiary libraries, publishers, media news and more. I have a huge collection @heyjudeonline – feel free to browse.
I think it’s fab when schools begin to use the power of Twitter. St Peter’s at Tuggerah @spcct are sending out updates to their school community.
I am running a Twitter account for our library at SimplyBooks – Promoting reading and good literature, as well as providing links and information about quality approaches to boys reading education.
My school, Joeys, is trying out Twitter for Live Sport Results on Twitter. Results will be updated regularly each Saturday throughout the season. The page will also include any last minute changes to fixtures and wet weather information.
Follow JoeysSport on Twitter and make sure you get SJC’s sports results as they happen.
For more insights into twittering for educators and librarians check out :-
I use HootSuite to manage more than one account – saves the login logout saga! Use the secret weapon – a Hootlet! to send a tweet to one or more accounts as you surf the web! Just use Tweetie on your iPhone to track and tweet!
Let me tell you, I am constantly amazed at how little I know about what that behemoth organisation is up too. I’m a google user – of course – but you’d have to wonder where it is all going!
So now you want a quick way to keep up? Here it is – not just the RSS feed from the official Google Blog, but following the Twitter updates of your chosen tools. Seems that Google has taken the plunge into Twitter.
Very pervasive when you think about it – what other organisation toolset has so many Twitter feeds happening?
There are 12 main twitter feeds, 7 geo-related feeds, 16 ads-related, 8 developer and technical, 2 culture & people, 7 country or region.
Grab whatever you want at Google Accounts on Twitter!
Lists, lists, lists – people are always producing lists, and twitter certainly lends itself to some interesting list creation.While I understand that lists are often created by organisations trying to get visits to their site, they do also sometimes render us a service.
The Top 100 Librarian Tweeters list is certainly not exhaustive, and in fact it is also a bit random. But it is a useful compilation for anyone starting out, or wanting to demonstrate the range of possibilities with Twitter.
Whether you work with a library, or just want to find out more about what’s going on in your community library, Twitter is a great place to stay updated on the latest developments. On Twitter, you’ll find librarians in schools, public libraries, and more, and even some working for organizations that have a lot to offer libraries. Read on, and you’ll find some of the best librarians on Twitter.
Each person or organisation on the list is important, and contributes in some way to the global dissemination of information. My twitter stream is an alternative way of sharing information – fast – rather than writing a blog post. It also includes personal chatter too!