Updated List of Libraries on Twitter…08.04.09

4 08 2009

Today there is an UPDATED list of libraries on Twitter from the Circulation blog from Lindy Brown.


Twittering Lone Wolf…07.30.09

30 07 2009
Trying to keep up with various media and now using Twitter more, I can see why some have abandoned blogging or curtailed their efforts in that arena. I still prefer the blog, however, despite the extra time.
BTW, the Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarian is LoneWolfMLS on Twitter.

Harris Poll – Consumer Perceptions About Twitter…07.28.09

28 07 2009

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Would you like to know more? Read: Twitter’s Biggest Problem: Most People Still Don’t Know What It’s There For

Twitter and the Lone Wolf…07.23.09

23 07 2009


Since inquiring minds want to know, my Twitter account is LoneWolfMLS.

I prefer other means of communication normally, but I do find it frequently useful.

BTW, the Lone Wolf will be incommunicado tomorrow.


“Twitter Search in Plain English”…07.06.09

6 07 2009

NEW – “Twitter for Busy People”…06.20.09

30 06 2009


Mashable! today highlighted “Twitter for Busy People” which it describes as:

“Spending too much time reading friends’ Tweets? Only got 5 mins and you’d need an hour to get through em all?

No worries: you can now speed-read your way through your Tweet reading with Twitter For Busy People, a new interface for Twitter created by the team at Bluejava. The idea is that you can skim all the people you’re following and see the latest tweet from each…”

NEW! Twitter Guide Book Online from Mashable!…06.26.09

26 06 2009


Mashable! has a NEW Twitter Guide Book online which they describe as:

Twitter is a social network used by millions of people, and thousands more are signing up every day to send short messages to groups of friends. But where’s the user manual for Twitter? Where do new Twitter users go to learn about Tweeting, retweets, hashtags and customizing your Twitter profile? Where do you go if you want to know all about building a community on Twitter, or using Twitter for business? How can you find advanced tools for using Twitter on your phone or your desktop? To answer all these questions and more, we’ve assembled The Twitter Guide Book, a complete collection of resources for mastering Twitter. Happy Tweeting!”

“Twitter Search in Plain English”…06.17.09

17 06 2009

Is a Twitpocalypse Near??…06.06.09

9 06 2009


According to the Programmable Web blog:

Within the next few days, some applications and mashups based on the Twitter API may behave unpredictably or even crash – at least that’s the warning given by Canadian software company WhereCloud’s Twitpocalypse website. This impending ‘Twitpocalypse,’much like the famous Y2K bug of 2000, is based on a data processing limitation.

Every tweet in Twitter’s system is uniquely identified by an integer value. For example, the system’s very first public tweet, ‘just setting up my twttr,’ by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, is tweet number 20 (presumably tweets 0 through 19 were used for testing). The maximum signed 32-bit integer value for most database applications is 2,147,483,648. This is a huge value, but the accelerating popularity of Twitter means has the amount of tweets is rapidly approaching this limit. If third party application developers haven’t designed their Twitter clients to store tweet IDs using something like the less restrictive unsigned 64-bit integer data structure, users might start seeing strange errors, such as tweets listed in the wrong order – or worse, applications not working at all...”


Twitter Growth Stops…06.09.09

9 06 2009

Mashable! post The Web in Numbers: Twitter’s Phenomenal Growth Suddenly Stops has some food for thought:

“…While YouTubeYouTube reviews is attracting an ever increasing audience, andFacebookFacebook reviews is still growing fast, Twitter’s growth has suddenly stopped, at least according to the numbers from Compete.

We’ve been covering the steep, steep curve of TwitterTwitter reviews’s increasing visitors for the lastLast.fm reviews couple of months, and it was obvious that it could not go on forever. However, seeing Twitter’s growth flatline with only a 1.47% increase (up to 19,728,619 monthly visitors) is surprising, especially since Twitter-mania has all but stopped. Monthly visits to Twitter, however, have increased by a healthy 6.99%, up to 134,536,240. Of course, Compete’s numbers are not guaranteed to be fully accurate, but they are confirmed by the numbers from Quantcast, for example. It will be interesting to see how Twitter performs in the following months…


Twitter does, however, have some nice numbers to show; according to Nielsen Online, total minutes spent on Twitter rose by a staggering 3712% from April 08 to April 09. In the same period, total minutes spent on Facebook increased 699% year-over-year, growing from 1.7 billion minutes in April 2008 to 13.9 billion in April 2009…”

Twitter Usually Ends Up As “One-Way Micro-Broadcasting”…06.08.09

8 06 2009


A very interesting posting from TechCrunch On Twitter Most People Are Sheep: 80 Percent of Accounts Have Fewer Than 10 Followers reveals the following important information:

“…A full 80 percent of Twitter accounts have fewer than 10 followers, according to an analysis of seven million Twitter accounts provided to TechCrunch by Web security firm Purewire (which operates TweetGrade). What’s more, 30 percent have zero followers…

The fact that an estimated 32 million people around the world visited Twitter.com alone in April certainly indicates that there is something going on there. It just may be that Twitter really isn’t as much about two-way micro-conversations as it is about one-way micro-broadcasting. Indeed, a recent Harvard Business School study suggested that the top 10 percent of Twitter users produce more than 90 percent of all Tweets.

Here is how Purewire breaks down activity on Twitter by number of followers, followings, and Tweets:

Accounts with 0 followers: 29.4%
Accounts with 1 to 9 followers: 50.9%
Accounts with 10 or more followers: 19.7%

Accounts following 0 people: 24.4%
Accounts following 1 to 9 people: 43.4%
Accounts following 10 or more people: 32.2%

Accounts with 0 Tweets: 37.1%
Accounts with 1 to 9 Tweets: 41.0%
Accounts with more 10 or more Tweets: 21.9%…”

Twitter – Now and Into the Future…06.02.09

2 06 2009

Here is an excerpt from a TechCrunch post by MG Siegler titled  The Future of Twitter Visualized which has some good information and a great visualization:

“During his keynote at the TWTRCON conference yesterday in San Francisco, Steve Rubelshowed off a mind map he made entitled ‘The Future of Twitter.’ The map, which I’ve embedded below with his permission, is an interesting way to look at the state of the service…

The map is a good look into what is becoming an increasingly complex web of relationships involving Twitter on the Internet. As the service continues to gain popularity, this web will only continue to expand unless one of the threats destroys it or if a larger company acquires it…”

[Click on image for larger version where you can magnify sections]


Top 7 YouTube Twitter Tutorials…06.01.09

1 06 2009

Here are the top 7 YouTube Twitter Tutorials as noted by Mashable!:

Explore the Vast Reaches of the Twitterverse…05.27.09

27 05 2009

Thanks to Michael Stephen’s post pointing out Preview: The Twitterverse v1.0 by @BrianSolis & @Jess3 (Click on picture for larger image):


(cc) www.briansolis.comwww.jess3.com.

In Brian’s own words: “Twitter connects people through a rich and active exchange of ideas, thoughts, observations, and interests in one, highly collaborative and promising ecosystem. The Twitterverse advances micro interaction and connections through an expanding network of applications, engendering the potential for macro reach and resonance online and IRL.”

Making Sense of Twitter Grammar…05.26.09

26 05 2009


Here is a potentially useful excerpt from a TechCrunch post today titled RT: @Microsyntax Sets Out To Make Sense Of #twittergrammar:

One of the side effects of Twitter’s 140-character limitation is that users are coming up with their own microsyntax and abbreviated Twitter grammar to make their Tweets more expressive. If your are merely retweeting someone else’s tweet, for example, you acknowledge that by placing a ‘RT’ at the beginning of your micro-message. If you are replying publicly to another user or just referring to them, you indicate that with an ‘@username.’ You can even add hashtags to a tweet so that it shows up in searches for specific topics (please use ‘#twittergrammar’ if you are going to RT this post).

New conventions pop up every day. To make sense of them, and develop new ones, Stowe Boyd is launching Microsyntax.org tomorrow…”

Librarians – Building Your Personal Brand on Twitter…05.21.09

21 05 2009


Here is a very useful excerpt for librarians, libraries and others from Mashable! from the post HOW TO: Build Your Personal Brand on Twitter by Dan Schawbel:

“..By leveraging the Twitter platform to build your brand you can showcase yourself to a huge and growing audience.

1. Claim Your Twitter Handle

By not reserving your domain name, your business or personal brand is at risk and you may never be able to reclaim it once you’ve lost it

…claim the Twitter handle for your full name, as well as any products and/or companies that you currently own or you have plans to create in the future. You can’t truly own your personal brand if you don’t even own your Twitter handle.

2. Decide How You Want to Brand Yourself

Before you start actively using Twitter, you need a strategy, and the first step in developing that strategy is to completely fill out your user profile. One of the goals of having a Twitter account is to gain followers and few people want to follow an account that doesn’t look legitimate (i.e. the profile hasn’t been filled out and there’s no avatar).

Take a good look at your other websites and profiles and draft a Twitter bio to match the rest of your online branding. This is how people will find you and recognize you now and in the future, so be honest

Once you have everything filled out, you should spend some time focusing on your Twitter background, which gives you an opportunity to extend your brand image onto Twitter and create a more cohesive experience for your followers. There are many sites that you can use to help you develop a custom background, such as Twitpaper and Twitterimage

Three techniques for branding yourself on Twitter:

1. Lead with your company…

2. Mutual branding…

3. 100% personal branding…

3. Become Known as an Expert or Resource

Essentially, Twitter is a shorter and more viral form of blogging, so the same rules actually still apply, and by constantly writing or tweeting about your expertise on a specific topic, you’ll become known for it and people will gravitate to you and follow you. If you already have a blog, then I recommend using Twitterfeed, so you can syndicate your posts on Twitter automatically…

4. Establish a Twitter Marketing Plan…

Elements of a Twitter marketing plan:

• Email signature…

• Personal/corporate website…

• Blog homepage + posts…

• Email newsletter…

• Presentations…

• Business Card…

• Article writing / guest blog posting…

• Networking on Twitter…

• Promotional products…

5. Utilize Third Party Applications

There are literally thousands of Twitter applications out there, but only a few that can really help you build your personal brand…

• Twellow: Find people in your industry to follow and connect with using this Twitter yellow pages guide…

• Tweetbeep: Keep track of your brand reputation by getting alerts through email when your brand is mentioned on Twitter.

• Tweetmeme: Put a button on your blog that allows your readers to more easily retweet your posts.

• Hashdictionary: Keep track of conversations that include hashtags on Twitter.

• Ping.fmPing.Fm reviews: Save time by sending messages to all of your social networks at once.

• Twitter Grader: A site that ranks your influence in the Twitter world based on an algorithm…

• Tweetlater: Schedule tweets so that they are published automatically in the future. It’s a real time saver.

6. Form a Twitter “MasterMind Group”

As you may suspect, certain groups of people on Twitter constantly promote and retweet each other. Some of them are in what are called ‘mastermind groups’ — groups of individuals who are committed to helping each other and sharing knowledge amongst themselves…There are a few Twitter applications that help you form these special interest groups…”

Twitter Topic Trending Graph…05.16.09

16 05 2009


“An anatomy of hashtag meme relevance over time”

Thanks to the Centered Librarian for highlighting this graph by Meg Pickard of the lifespan of Twitter trending topics compares ‘people talking about #topic’ and ‘people talking about talking about #topic’.”

Click on graphic above for larger version.

“50 Useful Twitter Tools for Writers and Researchers”…05.07.09

7 05 2009


The Online College Degree website has posted 50 Useful Twitter Tools for Writers and Researchers which may be a helpful resource:


If you’re interested in local happenings, these tools will help you find out what’s going on nearby.

  1. Nearby Tweets: Check out Nearby Tweets to seek out local Twitter users.
  2. Atlas: Use Atlas to see tweets on a map.
  3. GeoFollow: Using the GeoFollow directory, you’ll be able to find users in specific areas.
  4. CityTweets: See real time Twitter activity for cities on CityTweets.
  5. Twittervision: Check out Twittervision for real-time geographic tweets.
  6. TwitterLocal: On TwitterLocal, you can find tweets in a designated location.
  7. Localtweeps: Check out Localtweeps to find Twitter users near you.


Using these tools, you can find Twitter users and tweets that directly relate to the topic you’re interested in.

  1. Twubble: Twubble highlights Twitter users who have specific interests.
  2. Twellow: Twellow’s Twitter directory offers a Twitter yellow pages.
  3. TweetChannel: Create Twitter channels to monitor through TweetChannel.
  4. Twits Like Me: Twits Like Me will allow you to find related users.
  5. WeFollow: Check out WeFollow to find users based on interest.
  6. Twitter Packs: Twitter Packs offers an organized listing of Twitter users in a variety of different categories.


Set up alerts with any of these services to find out when a Twitter user discusses something you’d like to hear about.

  1. TweetScan: TweetScan will help you research on Twitter, getting updates for your selected keywords.
  2. Monitter: Keep an eye on keywords, and find out geographic areas as well.
  3. TweetBeep: Use TweetBeep to get updated on keywords and phrases.
  4. Twilert: Twilert emails you every time someone tweets with your keywords.


These Twitter tools will make it easy to zero in on the information you’re looking for.

  1. TweetGrid: TweetGrid is a search dashboard that will make your Twitter searches streamlined.
  2. Twendz: Use this real time Twitter search engine with keywords and word clouds.
  3. twitority: twitority is a great tool for searching Twitter users that have authority.
  4. Flaptor Twitter Search: Mine the Twitter web using this simple search tool.
  5. Tweetzi: Check out Tweetzi to use an advanced Twitter search engine.
  6. Twups: With this news aggregator, you can follow subjects that are important to you.
  7. twAnswers: If you’re seeking out information, you can ask a question and have it answered by Twitter through twAnswers.
  8. TwiST: Get super efficient searches through TwiST.
  9. JustSignal: Use Just Signal to only get the information you’re looking for, and none of the noise.


Follow what’s hot and developing on Twitter with the help of these tools.

  1. Twitscoop: On Twitscoop, you can learn what’s hot on Twitter, and search to see what’s going on.
  2. Twitt(url)y: Sort URLs by how frequently they are mentioned in Tweets using Twitt(url)y.
  3. Twazzup: Use Twazzup to get a quick and handy look at what’s popular on Twitter right now.
  4. Retweetradar: See the tag clouds and trends on retweets through retweetradar.
  5. Hashtags.org: Keep an eye on Twitter hashtags, and even subscribe to a hashtag using RSS.
  6. Twitlinks: You’ll see links from the most popular tech Twitter users through this tool.
  7. Twitter Search: Through Twitter Search, you’ll be able to learn about trends and search the latest tweets.
  8. Twist: Find aggregated data about what’s going on in Twitter from Twist.
  9. Twemes: Stay on top of Twitter memes with Twemes.
  10. twopopular: Twopopular offers a way to track hashtags and keywords on Twitter.
  11. MicroBlogBuzz: Learn about the most popular links on Twitter and similar services.
  12. ReTweetist: You’ll learn about the most popular retweets from ReTweetist.
  13. TweetVolume: You can find out how often keywords are used on Twitter with TweetVolume.


Twitter isn’t just a research tool: it’s a great way to share information as well. You can use these tools to get the word out.

  1. TwitPic: TwitPic is a wildly popular way to share photos on Twitter.
  2. LiveTwitting: If you’re at an event or conference, you can share your notes through LiveTwitting.
  3. Twiggit: Use Twiggit to let your followers know what articles you’re supporting on Digg.
  4. TweeTube: With TweeTube, you can share captured videos on Twitter.
  5. QuoteURL: Through QuoteURL, you’ll be able to reference multiple tweets at one time.


Make use of these tools to tame the firehose of information on Twitter.

  1. Tweetree: Tweetree makes viewing tweets in conversations convenient.
  2. Twtask: Using Twtask, you can make simple Twitter task lists.
  3. postica: Use postica to put your own sticky notes all over Twitter.
  4. TweetDeck: Make use of TweetDeck, and you can keep different categories of Twitter users separate.
  5. Twit2Do: Twit2Do is a great tool for keeping your to do list together on Twitter.
  6. TwitterNotes: With TwitterNotes, it’s easy to create private notes on Twitter.”

FREE and EASY Twitter File Sharing with FileSocial…05.06.09

6 05 2009


FileSocial allows you to share any file through your Twitter account.”

All you have to do is enter your Twitter login and password, write some text, and attach the document you want to share. So easy! Automatically, your Twitter will display a “tweet” with your message and a link to the file…”

“100 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Librarians on Twitter”…05.05.09

5 05 2009

100 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Librarians on Twitter” from Learn-gasm:

“…Resources for Learning Twitter

If you are just beginning, take advantage of these resources to help you learn how to get started on Twitter.

  1. Twitter 101 – 8 tips to get started on Twitter. These eight steps break it down simply and provide great advice. A few helpful tools are also included.
  2. A Basic Guide to Twitter. Not only can you learn how to get started using Twitter with this blog post, there is also a handy glossary included.
  3. The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter. This blog post offers great advice for getting started using Twitter.
  4. Twitter 101: Clarifying the Rules for Newbies. Learn how to avoid these three Twitter mistakes.
  5. Birds of a Feather Twitter Together. This article will have novices feeling comfortable by cutting through some of the confusion on how to use Twitter.
  6. Twitter Etiquette. This wiki page offers plenty of information on Twitter etiquette.
  7. VIDEO: A beginner’s guide to Twitter. The video is specifically for business use for Twitter, but the accompanying article offers helpful suggestions for those just starting out.
  8. How to Use Twitter: Tips for Bloggers. The tips here are beneficial reminders for both bloggers and microbloggers.
  9. Ten Top Twitter Tips. Learn how to use “@” and “d” as well as other helpful tips here.
  10. Want to learn Twitter? Watch this video. Watch this video to learn how you can start using Twitter.
  11. Mastering Twitter in 10 Minutes…Or Less (Version 2). Download this free tutorial to start learning Twitter right away.
  12. Lunch n Learn: Twitter for Beginners. This video presented by Birmingham City University is a good place to start learning Twitter.
  13. Twitter Guide for Beginners. This simple overview will break down the basics for you.

Ways to Use Twitter in the Library

Here are some simple suggestions to get you started using Twitter in your library.

  1. New book arrivals. Let your patrons know what new books arrive at your library by Twittering the information.
  2. Library Events. Keep followers current on all the fun events occurring at the library.
  3. Take a poll. Use PollDaddy to ask your patrons for their opinions or get feedback on what’s happening at the library.
  4. Stay in touch. Keep up with other librarians so you can share ideas and projects and learn from each other.
  5. Send alerts. Allow patrons to sign up to be notified when requested material is available.
  6. Send past due notices. Tweet past due notices to patrons as a gentle reminder that they are late.
  7. Create alerts for specific groups. Announce news and events meant for specific groups such as teens, children, or book groups.
  8. Announce closing time. Let patrons know when the library is about to close.
  9. Send computer alerts. Whether someone’s allotted time on the computer is about to end or if several computers have suddenly become available, let users know.

Librarians Talk About Twitter

These librarians share their suggestions, experience, and opinions on using Twitter.

  1. Twitter on ALA and Some Advice. The Shifted Librarian offers a great post on using Twitter in the library.
  2. Twitter Dominated ALA Midwinter. Kenley Neufeld tells about the success of Twitter during the ALA Midwinter in January 2009.
  3. Twitiquette: A Short but Helpful guide to Twittering Conference Meetings. This librarian offers a powerful reminder for what not to do when Twittering.
  4. Twitter Explained for Librarians, or 10 ways to use Twitter. David King gives the basics about Twitter and how you can use it in your library.
  5. Library Twitter?. Learn how this librarian was won over to Twitter.
  6. Learn More: Twitter. Find out why Twitter can work well for a library and see a few examples of Tweets here.
  7. Twitter Update or how I was able to exploit the latest social networking site without really trying. Learn how this librarian uses Twitter for a variety of functions.
  8. All a Twitter: Want to Try Microblogging?. Ellyssa Kroski offers tips, tools, Tweeting libraries and more in this article.
  9. Finding other librarians using Twitter. Learn how to use Twellow to find other librarians on Twitter with this blog post.
  10. Managing the ebb and Follow on Twitter. This librarian shares valuable Twitter tools here.
  11. two notes about twitter. Jessamyn West offers a link to an interesting library Twitter feed and also discusses the criteria she uses when selecting who to follow.
  12. A Guide to Twitter in Libraries. This article from iLibrarian offers plenty of information and resources to effectively use Twitter in the library.
  13. Picador Launches Twitter Book Club. Find out how this book club incorporates Twitter.
  14. Use Twitter? Check Out dm fail. Learn why it’s important not to send private messages on Twitter.

Librarians Twittering

Follow these librarians to see how others are using Twitter.

  1. shifted. Follow Jenny Levine on her popular Twitter feed as she shares library and ALA goodness.
  2. Kenley Neufeld. This community college librarian Tweets about social media, books, and more.
  3. Librarians Matter. Kathryn Greenhill provides library information and news with an Australian perspective.
  4. Librarian. This globe-trotting librarian shares global library experiences via Twitter.
  5. jessamyn. Follow this popular and entertaining librarian’s Tweets.
  6. Janette Fuller. This librarian from Houston Tweets tips and positive thoughts–among other topics.
  7. infodiva. LIS, politics, and pop culture rub elbows among these Tweets.
  8. ALA Twitter Feeds. Check out these ALA units and staff members who Twitter.
  9. Top 10 Twittering Librarians. This list from July 2008 provides ten popular librarians you can follow on Twitter.
  10. Law School and Law Library Feeds. This list of Twitter feeds includes law libraries and law schools.
  11. Just Tweet It Librarians Directory. Find other librarians on Twitter and add yourself as well.
  12. Twittering Librarians – join our tapestry. Join the school librarians here as they form a social network and share their Tweets, too.
  13. How to Use Twitter as a Twool. Find out how to optimize your Twitter experience with this post from the Stark County Law Library.

Tools to Enhance Your Twitter Experience

These tools and apps will help make your Twitter experience easier and more convenient.

  1. TweetDeck. This app allows you to create groups of Tweets to better manage your information.
  2. GroupTweet. Create groups to facilitate Tweeting. This is a great tool for specialty groups such as young adults, book clubs, or library employees.
  3. bit.ly. With character count being so important, this service shortens URLs so that you use fewer characters when sharing web links.
  4. tweetparty. This tool creates Twitter groups and allows you to communicate directly with them.
  5. TweetGrid. Create a customized search dashboard to create easier Twitter searches.
  6. Tweetree. This tool puts your Tweets in context so when an entire conversation starts, everything is grouped together.
  7. TwitterFone. Call and leave a voice message that will be turned into a Tweet with this tool.
  8. Tweet Later. Write Tweets that you can schedule for posting at future times. This is a great way to line up reminders and announcements that are tied to specific dates.
  9. TwitterNotes. Use this app to keep notes among your Tweets that are only for you to read.
  10. LoudTwitter. Send Tweets to your library blog with this tool.
  11. Password protected text notes. If privacy becomes an issue, use this tool to send notes to Twitter that only those with the password can read.
  12. postica. Use this app to post sticky notes on Twitter for a visual reminder.
  13. Twishlistter. Create a Twitter wish list with this tool to let your patrons know what your library may be needing.

Educational Twitter Tools

Share these fun and educational tools with patrons or use them yourself.

  1. Atlas. Explore the world with Tweets that are shown on a map. You can also explore nearby places in that geographic location.
  2. weather. Get weather news and weather events occurring around the world from the Science News Blog.
  3. EarthquakeNews. From the USGS Earthquake Center, get Tweets on any earthquake that hits around the world and registers over 2.5.
  4. GeoTwitterous: Personalized Twitter on a Map. This article describes how GeoTwitterous works as a great app to map your Twitter network.
  5. Twitxr. Send photos from your mobile phone to your Twitter account with this app.
  6. Plinky. Each day this app provides a prompt in the form of a question or challenge, then you can reply by posting text, photos, maps, or whatever you can use to answer the prompt.
  7. QuoteURL. Put many different Tweets together on one page with this app. Libraries with several different Twitter groups will like this.
  8. TwitPic. This app lets you share photos on Twitter.
  9. Outwit Me. This site offers “intelligent Twitter games” and is a great way to bring Twitter into the library for the younger crowd.
  10. twiggit. This tool combines Digg with Twitter and lets you find news articles and more.
  11. TwitterLocal. Use this app to find Tweets from a specific geographic location.
  12. TweetScan. Type in keywords and have Tweets that match your keywords emailed to you. Use this as a Twitter research shortcut.
  13. Tweetizen. Find specific groups on Twitter that share the same interests or start your own group.
  14. Twrivia. Get a new trivia question each day with this tool.

Find Twitter Apps

Applications can enhance your Twitter experience, so use these resources to find great apps or learn how to stay up-to-date with the latest apps.

  1. Top 10 Twitter Hacks. This blog post offers more than ten suggestions, so check out several ways to make Twitter work for you here.
  2. Twitter Fan Wiki Apps. Here’s an huge listing of Twitter apps grouped by Desktop, Web, and Mobile apps, then further sub-grouped by Windows, Mac, or specific topics.
  3. The Top 21 Twitter Applications (According to Compete). This resource provides the top 21 Twitter apps that received the most traffic based on the number of monthly unique visitors.
  4. Twapps. Find the latest Twitter apps archived here.
  5. Twi5.com. Visit this website for the latest Twitter apps or sign up for their RSS feed to get new apps sent directly to you.
  6. twtapps. These Twitter apps are all pretty simple–and free.
  7. i-Stuff Twitter. Find specific apps for Twitter on this site that brings together interesting and useful technology apps.
  8. Smashing Feeds. This resource provides Twitter news as well as many Twitter apps.
  9. Twitter tips – tools for your tweets. Not only can you find tools to enhance your Tweets, you also learn the basics of using Twitter.
  10. 5 Good Ways to Discover Twitter Applications. Learn how you can stay on top of the latest apps coming out for Twitter here.

Advice to Help Improve Your Twitter Experience

These resources offer plenty of advice to help you make the most of Twitter.

  1. How to Succeed at Twitter. Mitch Wagner discusses the personal and professional connections made through Twitter versus simply boosting the number of your followers.
  2. Kevin Rose: 10 Ways to Increase Your Twitter Followers. Take the advice offered by the founder of Digg and second-most-followed person on Twitter.
  3. Twitter Fan Wiki /Hashtags. Learn all about hashtags and how to use them in this article.
  4. 8 great Userscripts for Twitter users. These eight userscripts will have you using Twitter a much more conveniently.
  5. 35 Twitter Tips from 35 Twitter Users. This advice ranges from simply being honest to information on specific apps to better manage your Twitter use.
  6. Twitter Reading List. This listing includes many Twitter resources grouped by year.
  7. TwiTip. Find plenty of advice for using Twitter to your best advantage on this blog.
  8. How Twitter Can Make You a Better (and Happier) Person. This blog post explains some of the virtues of Twitter and how you can use it advantageously.
  9. Twitter Freaks. This Diigo community offers a great selection of resources for using Twitter.
  10. The Unforeseen Consequences of the Social Web. An important reminder, this article explains why you should think carefully before posting just anything on the Internet.
  11. 100 Totally Free Twitter Power Strategies. Find great tips as well as connect with other Twitterers here.
  12. 5 Good Reasons to Learn How to Use Twitter for Business and Personal Use. Learn five good reasons why you may want to start Twittering.
  13. My attempt at helping journos learn Twitter. Watch this two-part webinar to learn about Twitter from the journalists’ perspective.
  14. 50 Easy Ways to Improve Your Twitter Experience. Find apps, tools, tips, and more to help make the most of your Twitter experience…”


“Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians)”…05.05.09

5 05 2009


Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians)” by Sarah Milstein from the May 2009 issue of Information Today is a good read. Here is an excerpt:


The essence of Twitter is conversation. Libraries, however, tend to use it as a broadcast mechanism. Libraries on Twitter should encourage followers to interact with the library—ask questions, share links, re-Tweet interesting posts from others, and reply when people message you (those are prefaced with @ your account name). For professional development, look for conference coverage on Twitter.

Given the many potential uses of Twitter for libraries—not to mention the likelihood that your patrons are already on it—it’s a great medium to embrace. And at just a few sentences a day, the lightweight format doesn’t require much time to make a big impact. The accounts above will give you a feel for library Twittering (for more libraries that Twitter, check out www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Twitter).

Bear in mind that the medium is new, and libraries have only begun to skim the surface of Twittering. But as a service designed for exchanging information, Twitter holds great promise for libraries of all kinds, and your creativity will expand its utility.

“An Illustrated Guide to Using Twitter”…04.19.09

19 04 2009


The above “illustrated guide to using Twitter which highlights some of the ways twitter can be helpful either for personal use or business…”

When you visit An Illustrated Guide to Using Twitter, just click on the image to enlarge.

Twitter 101 Part 3…04.14.09

14 04 2009


Today Search Engine Watch has posted Twitter 101, Part 3.  Recent posts were about Twitter 101, Part 1 & 2:

“…You can’t ignore Twitter’s explosive growth — up 700 percent worldwide from last year. Just last week, comScore posted these growth statistics and outlined the demographic profile of Twitter users. The conversation is only going to get bigger. The more you know how to use this tool, the more effective you’ll become…”

The contents of Part 3 include the following subjects of interest:

“More Tools: TweetDeck and Seesmic Desktop”

“Parting Words of Wisdom”

“How to Find Good Articles and the Latest News”

“How to Automate Twitter”

“How to Shorten and Measure Your URLs”

“Monetizing Twitter”

UPDATED: Libraries Using Twitter…04.10.09

10 04 2009



The Circulation blog today posted Libraries on Twitter (updated list) the following today:

“…Libraries Using Twitter:

Twitter 101 Part 2 Now Online…04.06.09

6 04 2009


For anyone wanting a primer on TwitterSearch Engine Watch has started a 3-part series titled Twitter 101 and today Twitter 101 Part 2 is online.

Here is how it was originally described:

“There’s a lot of buzz right now about Twitter, which has emerged as one of the most popular social media tools. This three-part article is for those who are just getting started with Twitter or who simply want to know what it is and how it works. I’ll cover everything you need to know about setting up and using a Twitter account, and share some tools and resources to help you leverage Twitter to market yourself or your company…”

Twitter 101 Part 1 original post.

New Twitter Search Engine Uses Page Rank…04.06.09

6 04 2009


Stan Schroeder today on Mashable! highlights the new Twitter search engine Tweefind which uses page rank in search results:

“Remember how Google conquered the world of search? They figured out a way to tell which web sites are more important than others, by judging how many links are pointing to them, and called it Google PageRank…

Rank is calculated through several parameters. Creator of Tweefind, luca Filigheddu, lists them:

# followers
# following
# of tweets
# of RT he/she receives
# of replies
# of distinct users who reply
# of distinct users who retweet
# of RT he/she makes
# of links the user shares

This approach raises some interesting questions. Are Twitter users with more followers, tweets, replies or retweets more relevant in the context of real time one-to-many conversations? Is there really a ‘rank’ on Twitter that can be calculated and be useful in real world usage? Could an approach similar to Google’s PR algorithm do for Twitter search what it did for Google?…”

I used Tweefind to find out about the earthquake today in central Italy with positive result.

Twittastic – Twitter from Your Desktop…04.01.09

1 04 2009

This is from Twittastic Desktop Twitter Client with Nifty File Sharing Tools about a nice tool for using Twitter from your desktop from MakeUseOf.com:

Twittastic (compatible with Windows platforms Win98 and up) drastically increases the improvement of your Twitter experience by allowing you to update your personal profile, follow your friends or sites, and send messages all from the comfort of your desktop.

Twittastic features a clear-cut and simple GUI (graphical user interface) and arrives at your desktop with a few interesting tools. For example, you can take a screenshot and instantly share it on Twitter by uploading the file to Twitpic (through Twittastic) and pasting the corresponding link in the text field. This same process can be applied to photos, webcam shots, and any other sort of file on your PC…”

Seach Engine Watch Starts Twitter 101…03.30.09

30 03 2009


For anyone wanting a primer on Twitter, Search Engine Watch is starting a 3-part series titled Twitter 101 starting today:

“There’s a lot of buzz right now about Twitter, which has emerged as one of the most popular social media tools. This three-part article is for those who are just getting started with Twitter or who simply want to know what it is and how it works. I’ll cover everything you need to know about setting up and using a Twitter account, and share some tools and resources to help you leverage Twitter to market yourself or your company…”

“Top 100 Library Tweeters” or Best of Library Twitter Tweeters…03.27.09

27 03 2009


BestCollegesOnline.com has posted a list of  the “Top 100 Library Tweeters“”

“…School & University

Find out how librarians are making things work in schools from these librarians.

  1. @heyjudeonline: Judy O’Connell is the Head of Library and Information Services at St. Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill.
  2. @joycevalenza: Read @joycevalenza’s tweets to hear from a teacher-librarian and learner in Pennsylvania.
  3. @griffey: Jason Griffey is a geek librarian at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
  4. @kenleyneufield: This community college librarian is obsessed with the social web.
  5. @askundergrad: This twitter account supports the undergraduate library at UIUC.
  6. @BSULibrary: Stay up to date on the Albertsons Library at Boise State University through @BSULibrary.
  7. @Library_Channel: @Library_Channel offers help and more to patrons of the Arizona State University libraries.
  8. @amylibrarian: Amy Springer is an academic librarian fascinated by the Millennial student.
  9. @heatherloy: @heatherloy is a high school librarian in South Carolina.
  10. @acmorton: Andy Morton is the tech librarian at University of Richmond.
  11. @OkStateLibrary: @OkStateLibrary features news from the Oklahoma State University Libraries.
  12. @neerav: Neerav Bhatt is a librarian, former political candidate, and professional blogger.
  13. @dmcordell: @dmcordell is a teacher/librarian in upstate New York.
  14. @ekettell: This librarian serves Dentistry at the University of Rochester.
  15. @ghardin: Greg Hardin is an academic librarian in Denton, Texas.
  16. @chriskeene: Read @chriskeene to learn what’s going on at the University of Sussex Library.
  17. @jessnevins: Jess Nevins is an encyclopedia author as well as reference librarian at the University of California at Riverside.
  18. @MrMLibrarian: @MrMLibrarian works to get boys to read as a school librarian.
  19. @monarchlibrary: This K5 teacher librarian is addicted to technology.
  20. @jennyluca: Check out @jennyluca to find a cool teacher-librarian.
  21. @uncw_library: You’ll be able to keep up with the Randall Library at University of North Carolina, Wilmington on @uncw_library.
  22. @laurenpressley: Lauren Pressley is the instructional design librarian at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University.
  23. @bookjewel: @bookjewel is an educator, teacher-librarian, lifelong learner, literature lover, and geek.
  24. @mstephens7: Michael Stephens is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University.
  25. @cathyjo: Check out Cathy Nelson to learn about a school library media specialist.
  26. @srharris19: Steven R. Harris is the head of collection development at the University of New Mexico Libraries, and a dog lover.
  27. @librarianmer: Meredith Farkas works as the Distance Learning Librarian at Norwich University.
  28. @janettefuller: Janette Fuller worked as an elementary school librarian for 30 years.
  29. @yalescilib: Check out @yalescilib for updates from the Yale science libraries.

Local & Public Libraries

Check out librarians in community libraries to see how they run things.

  1. @RyanDeschamps: Ryan Deschamps is the e-Learning Services Manager at the Halifax Public Libraries.
  2. @Librarian: @Librarian is the Twitterer behind the Itenerany Poetry Librarian, a non-static, special collections public library.
  3. @jdarlinghess: Originally from NY, @jdarlinghess is a librarian in Columbus.
  4. @RapidCityPubLib: @RapidCityPubLib shares updates and events from the Rapid City Public Library in South Dakota.
  5. @GlendaleLibrary: Stay up to date on the Glendale Public Library system in Glendale, Arizona through @GlendaleLibrary.
  6. @SueLawson: Get updates on Manchester libraries from @SueLawson.
  7. @jessamyn: Jessamyn West is a librarian consultant in rural Vermont.
  8. @webmaster_ref: @webmaster_ref is a librarian and webmaster for Elkhart Public Library.
  9. @harriscountypl: Keep updated on the Harris County Public Libraries in Houston through @harriscountypl.
  10. @AbingtonLibrary: You can learn more about the Abington Free Library from this Twitter timeline.
  11. @cglibrary: @cglibrary will keep you up to date on all the happenings at Casa Grande Library.
  12. @ASCPL_Events: Check out @ASCPL_Events to learn about the events going on at Akron-Summit County Public Library.
  13. @tashrow: Tasha is the director of the public library in Menasha, Wisconsin.
  14. @aclalibraries: @aclalibraries covers the federated system of libraries in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
  15. @Cleveland_PL: Cleveland is the third largest public research library in the US, and is on Twitter.
  16. @2nickels: Laura Koenig works as a children’s librarian in Boston.
  17. @ALD_Teens: Get updated on teen news throughout the Arapahoe Library District from @ALD_Teens.
  18. @laurasolomon: Laura Solomon works as a web developer and librarian in Ohio’s libraries all over the state.
  19. @adalib: The Ada Library in Boise shares dreams, ideas, and information.
  20. @camdencclibrary: The Camden library is updated by Olivia Nellums, reference and instruction librarian.
  21. @gonty: This Australian youth services librarian is the brains behind bookboy.net.
  22. @mmrl: The Missouri River Regional Library serves the Cole and Osage counties in Missouri.
  23. @AustinPublicLib: You’ll be able to keep up with all things APL through @AustinPublicLib.
  24. @jrriordan: Jim Riordan is the reference librarian at the Bangor Public Librarian in Bangor, Maine.
  25. @Jantweepuntnl: Jam is a librarian and manager at City Library of Haarlem Netherlands.
  26. @RoCoPubLib: Check out the Roanoke County Public Library system through @RoCoPubLib.
  27. @BoerneLibrary: You can learn about the Boerne Public Library from @BoerneLibrary.
  28. @skeskali: Cecily is the web services librarian at Vancouver Public Library.
  29. @elizabethhdavis: Elizabeth works as a librarian in a children’s library.
  30. @wlgordon: @wlgordon is a professional librarian in Chicago.
  31. @ScrantonLibrary: You’ll find out about library industry news, events, and goings on at Scranton libraries through @ScrantonLibrary.
  32. @younglibrarian: Katie is a young public librarian.

Other Libraries

These librarians work in law, medical, and other libraries.

  1. @infobunny: @infobunny is a law librarian who blogs about Twitter apps.
  2. @retennant: Roy Tennant is a librarian, river guide, and father.
  3. @lwu5: @lwu5 is a health sciences librarian in Memphis.
  4. @sarchet62: Read @sarchet62’s tweets to learn about a medical anthropologist in a librarian suit.
  5. @Philbradley: Phil is a freelance librarian, Internet consultant, writer, and trainer.
  6. @ultimatelibrarn: Amy Donahue is an aspiring medical librarian.
  7. @LPI_Library: Check out @LPI_Library to get updates from the Lunar and Planetary Institute Library in Houston.
  8. @Jill_HW: @Jill_HW is interested in digital libraries, social networking, Web 2.0, and more.
  9. @conniecrosby: @conniecrosby works as a guerilla law librarian.
  10. @vjb: VJ Beauchamp is a web librarian in Northeast Portland, Oregon.
  11. @PhilippaJane: Philippa is a librarian that likes to write and podcast.
  12. @MegCanada: This librarienne loves technology.
  13. @gspadoni: Gina Spadoni is a librarian and competitive intelligence professional, among other things.
  14. @wickedlibrarian: This librarian’s dream job is to be Neil Gaiman.
  15. @olevia: Cheri Campbell is a librarian, union activist, and social progressive.
  16. @pfanderson: Read PF Anderson’s updates to learn about emerging library technologies and more.
  17. @shamsha: This medical librarian is interested in evidence based medicine, librarianship, and social media.
  18. @kgs: KG Schneider is a Community Librarian for Equinox, the support and development company for Evergreen open source library software.
  19. @djleenieman: Check out Dan Nieman to learn about reference librarianship and more.
  20. @glambert: Greg Lambert is a law librarian and geek.
  21. @nprlibrary: You’ll learn about the latest from the NPR library through @nprlibrary.
  22. @stevematthews: Steve Matthews is a fun loving law librarian.


Check out these organizations and resources that offer lots of support to libraries and librarians.

  1. @librarycongress: Check out the Library of Congress through this Twitter timeline.
  2. @msauers: Michael Sauers is the technology innovation librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission.
  3. @UtahHive: Learn about the Utah State Library Digital Library Services Team from @UtahHive.
  4. @kishizuka: @kishizuka is the technology editor for School Library Journal.
  5. @alscblog: The Association for Library Service to Children twitters here.
  6. @lbraun2000: Linda Brawn is the YALSA-president elect, librarian, and more.
  7. @eagledawg: Nicole Dettmar works as a medical librarian for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
  8. @LesaHolstine: Lisa Holstine is a Library Manager and contributing book reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery News, and other websites.
  9. @yalsa: @yalsa provides followers with updates from the Young Adult Library Services Association.
  10. @libraryjournal: Through @libraryjournal, you’ll find news, book reviews, and more.
  11. LJBookReview: Read book reviews and other news from Library Journal here.
  12. @MLx: Marianne Lenox is a Gadabout Library Trainer.
  13. @libraryman: Michael is the Libraryman, with nearly 20 years of experience in various library roles.
  14. @AccessMyLibrary: @AccessMyLibrary advocates for increasing disoverability of library content online.
  15. @andreamercado: Andrea is a former librarian making a shift.
  16. @infogdss29: Beth Gallaway is a consultant for gaming, technology and youth services training.
  17. @sljournal: @sljournal will fill you in on children’s and young adult books from School Library Journal…”

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Twitter Twouble…03.25.09

25 03 2009

This is a hilarious video gleaned from Michael Sauers The Travelin’ Librarian:


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