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(reprinted from NYLA eBulletin)

Sometimes people really do tweet about what they had for lunch and that’s ok.

“A simple grilled cheese, onion & spinach sandwich became elevated by the addition of sriracha.”

“And who says nobody cares about food-related tweets! I, for one, love ‘em. I DO care about what you had for lunch!”

This recent food-related Twitter exchange with my library/foodie friend, @jenniferwaller, brought home an important point: it doesn’t matter what you tweet about, as long as you’re sharing with a community that cares about that content.  And finding a community that cares is pretty easy.  Search for your favorite topic and scan the tweets that turn up. Start following people who say interesting things and share great information. Check out who they follow and who follows them to expand your network.

Hashtags, those keywords with the # in front of them that people add to their tweets, can also help (more…)

New & Not so new stuff: #4 Some back to school resources

my first school day
“My First School Day”
Image via Wikipedia

Just a quick post with some odds and ends of great resource sites & blog posts that I’ve run across in the past few weeks. I came across most of these via my friends on Twitter. Some pretty amazing school folks on Twitter, and oh so willing to share their ideas, tips and resources.

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Readability & TBuzz

readabilityReadability, from Arc90, removes the clutter from busy Web pages, making them much easier to read. On the Readability website, set your preferences for how you’d like to view web pages – font size, margin and page style. Then add the customized bookmarklet to your browser’s toolbar. When you come upon a cluttered page, click the bookmarklet and get a nicely cleaned up page, ready to read or print.  (via Tech Chicks Tips)
tbuzzTBuzz, also from Arc90, helps you quickly post a note about a web page to Twitter, while showing other Twitter comments about that page.
I’m curious to check out their other projects on their labs page.

Twitter Fantastico

Twitter Fantastico is a  great set of Greasemonkey scripts adding some nifty features to Twitter. I was looking for something that would add a “retweet this” button to the end of tweets. I found that and more!

Twitter Fantastico:

  • highlights your tweets
  • highlights @ replies
  • adds ‘retweet this’ button
  • opens a reply box right below the tweet you’re replying to
  • scroll down the page and the next page of tweets are displayed automatically

Though lots of people love clients like TweetDeck and Twhirl to follow twitter, I usually use twitter directly from the website. And the Twitter Fantastico scripts are a great way to enhance that experience.

Qwitter: Catches Twitter Quitters

Qwitter does one thing – it tells you when someone has dropped you on twitter. And it tells you the last post you wrote before they dropped you. Kind like a best friend who finds out why your other best friend is mad at you.

Wonderful little tools like this remind me of certain kitchen gadgets that do just one thing, but do it so well that I wouldn’t want to be without them. Like the little thing that plucks the hull out of a strawberry.

I hate to admit, I don’t usually notice if people drop me, but maybe I just haven’t been offensive enough for anyone to drop me?  And I’m not going to try that route! Anyways, anyone want to drop me, just to test this out?? Twitter on…  :-)

(via: Mashable)

What are you doing? Twitter what?

I have to admit to a love-hate relationship with Twitter, the microblogging “what are you doing?” tool that many people are, shall we say, twittering about. Some days I love being tuned into all the goings on in my community there, other days, I just need to tune out.

140 characters, enough to say where you are during a conference and find out who wants to meet for dinner. Or to find out where there’s a great session going on so you can leave the deadly dull one that you ended up in by mistake. I’ve used it a lot during conferences and had great meetups with colleagues I would have missed otherwise.

On a day to day basis, it’s very useful for sharing breaking news, alerts about interesting blog posts, posing questions and getting fast answers. Many organizations are using it to connect with customers, patrons, supporters. Political campaigns use twitter to alert supporters to the latest campaign news. Libraries use it as one more way to distribute updates about services and events. Library professional groups use it to get news out to members and the library community at large.

What you get out of it, depends on finding friends and colleagues who share your interests. And like any community, you have to give to get. So I try to respond to questions when I can and share new resources that I come across. In return I’ve gotten help with questions of my own. Will I stay with Twitter forever? Will I be fickle and love it and leave it? I don’t know, it has had some problems keeping up with traffic lately. If they continues, people will certainly move on to another tool that serves the same purpose, and there are other ones out there! For now, I’m finding Twitter a useful way to connect with friends and colleagues.

To find out more and see some great examples of how libraries are using Twitter, read Elyssa Kroski’s terrific article in School Library Journal, All a Twitter: Want to Try Microblogging? It’s an excellent introduction to Twitter. And even if you don’t get into using Twitter yourself, it’s definitely a tool to be aware of.