Using Twitter as a Tool for Library Services – Ning Group Created…03.23.09

24 03 2009


The Baby Boomer Librarian has “…created a new group on Library 2.0 Ning network called Twitter as a Tool – Library 2.0 .  Please consider joining Ning and discussing Twiiter as a tool to provide new services for our patrons.”

Twibs – A Vast and Growing Business Directory on Twitter…03.23.09

23 03 2009


Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day today features Twibs which she describes as “… a Twitter business directory.  At the time of posting, there were 7,010 businesses listed…”

The about section of the Twibs website says:

“Twibs was created by a small group of people with one purpose:  Give twitter users a place to find businesses on twitter.

We are big believers in the power of twitter to connect customers with businesses. We’re working on making it easy for consumers to find businesses, both local and national. Keep in mind, we’re just getting started, so there may be small glitches and features missing, but don’t worry, we’re working hard for you to keep helping consumers find your business on twitter!…”

“TwitterThoughts” – Charts Based on Twitter Tweets…03.23.09

23 03 2009

Since Twitter is so important and I really like cool data visualizations, I thought I would highlight TwitterThoughts today which describes it self as follows:

“TwitterThoughts creates charts based on Twitter tweets in combination with lots of APIs: From a sample of 600 tweets/minute served by the Twitter Api that we send to Yahoo Pipes where it extracts all phrases from the tweet text and the latitude/longitude with use of Yahoo YQL. This Yahoo Pipe outputs serialized PHP back to our local update script that grabs every tweet and phrase and puts it in our MySql database. Daily overviews for fast rendering of the chart data are generated with a daily CRON update. Finally Google Visualization API generates an interactive flash chart based on our JSON data feed.”

Check out the Twitter Activity Worldmap (last 24 hrs) and more.



22 03 2009


Here is an excerpt from TWITTER, THE MOST IMPORTANT WEBSITE SINCE GOOGLE? by Chris Bennett posted this week on 97th Floor:

I will be the first to admit while it didn’t take me a long time to sign up and start networking with friends on Twitter, it has taken me a long time to understand the true power of the website. When I first started using it I saw it as a networking and communication tool. The more I come to use it and the more I watch people from all walks of life using it I am starting to see why Twitter may possibly be the most important website since Google. To help you understand my logic I want to start with some thoughts on Google.

I think it is safe to say most everyone believes Google is currently the most important website on the internet…

Part of the long term stability I see with Twitter is from Anything I need to know about something that is happening right now or has happened in the last 12 hours I use Twitter search for. I used to search through Google Blogsearch, Digg, Delicious, Youtube to get breaking news but now I am alerted to it so quick through someones update, and I can go to Twitter search and get hundreds if not thousands of snippets of info and links seconds/minutes after it is happening... 

Twitter will replace a lot of media outlets or at least steal a lot of share from them. The way companies can communicate and react to customers via Twitter is Gods great gift to customer communication and loyalty…

Twitter is mainstream, the nature of Twitter allows every user to utilize its power in their own way

Every company needs to embrace and leverage Twitter before Twitter replaces them. Twitter is already been said to take a chunk out of Job sites it could do the same to Social Sites, classifieds, dating sites, search engines, aggregators, and so on…

Conclusion - 

There will be a new media darling in a year just as Digg was before Twitter, but Twitter will take on its own role and it isn’t going anywhere. Soon pretty much anyone with an internet connection will be using Twitter if not to tweet but to find Real Time information. In my opinion it is the most influential and important site since Google.” 

Copyright 97th FLOOR 2007

Decoding Twitter “Hash Tags”…03.20.09

20 03 2009


I thought the Make Sense of Confusing Twitter Hash Tags post on the ProgrammableWeb was useful so I am excerpting it here:

Hash tags are words or acronyms that begin with the number sign. They are used when many people are tweeting about the same topic, or from the same event. At least one hash tag is often atop Twitter’s trending topics list. Tagalus is a service to declare the meaning of those confusing hash tags. There can be more than one version, with users voting up the best definition.

Just send a tweet @tagalus to suggest a meaning for a tag. You can also add and view tags on its site. Even better, Tagalus has an API, which accesses both getting and setting of definitions (more at our Tagalus API profile). The usefulness of hashtags could really be increased if Tagalus is integrated into popular Twitter clients, the same way automatic URL shorteners make sharing links easier.

Tagalus isn’t alone in trying to make sense of hashtags. The granddaddy is, which tracks tags by popularity over time…”

Highly Praised “Tweetzi” Search Engine for Twitter…03.19.09

19 03 2009


This is part of a post about the Tweetzi search engine for Twitter from Tweetzi Twitter search from the Pandia Search Engine News today:

“With the enormous amounts of information and the appalling signal to noise ratio on Twitter, good search tools are always welcome. How else would we get at the gems? Tweetzi is a Twitter search engine, developed by Craig Hughes, that is great for monitoring trends and following breaking news.

Tweetzi is a deceptively simple search tool: A start page that is googlesqe in its simplicity and uncluttered search results displaying tweets in real time. But the simple design contains some advanced features.

Real time Twitter search…

Filter search results…

The search results page contains links to the top ten Twitter topics at the moment. If you are into celebrities or trendspotting, this can be useful.

Next to your search results, Tweetzi displays a list of your recent searches. If you want to repeat a search, it is only a click away…”

NEW – Twitter Job Search…03.18.09

18 03 2009


This is an excerpt from Erick Schonfeld’s post Two New Ways To Find A Job: Auction Yourself Off At JobaPhile Or Do A TwitterJobSearch on TechCrunch:

“…A much better experience out of the gate is TwitterJobSearch, which just launched into beta today. Developed by UK-based job search engine Workhound, TwitterJobSearch pulls up Tweets that are only job-related and links to the underlying job posting. Most of these seem to link to other job sites such as CareerBuilder or more niche job sites which all seem to be using Twitter to post their latest openings. But withTwitterJobSearch, you search across all of them, and results are ranked by both relevance and by how recently they’ve been posted. A job search for “software engineer” returns 4,838 results, and you can reorder results by geography simply by adding the name of a city to the search.

TwitterJobSearch is competing against Twitter’s own search engine, which does a pretty good job coming up with relevant results. Try a job search for ‘software engineer’ and most of the results seem to be about job openings. TwitterJobSearch also seems to favor results from other members affiliated with job boards and job search engines. Twitter’s own results appear more varied, which I think is more likely to turn up that gem being Tweeted by the head of engineering at a startup. But it is also more likely to turn up false positives—results that have nothing to do with job openings….”

Two Twitter Visualizations – Twitter Now Growing at a Staggering 1,382 Percent…03.17.09

17 03 2009

Here are 2 Twitter visualization tools I like that I learned about from Mashable! by Ben Parr:


Monitter is a real-time visualization of of Twitter trends. Type in keywords and see tweets as they occur. It’s the ultimate way to keep informed at a conference (i.e. #SXSW) or to see retweets in action. Monitter also provides geographic searches of tweets and the ability to turn the stream into an RSS feed…”


TwitterThoughts is an advanced tool and mashup that visually graphs Twitter trends based on a variety of factors, such as number of tweets and followed total. It takes its information from a sample subset of Twitter accounts. The data can be complicated to work with, but it is a unique way to visualize data on Twitter. It also comes with a world Twitter map and a list of recent top Twitter trends…”

BTW, Twitter is GROWING FAST as Adam Ostrow points out in Twitter Now Growing at a Staggering 1,382 Percent:

“…The latest numbers from Nielsen Online indicate that Twitter grew 1,382% year-over-year in February, registering a total of just more than 7 million unique visitors in the US for the month. Not only is that huge growth in one year, but in one month as well, as in January, clocked in with 4.5 million unique visitors in the US, meaning the service grew by more than 50 percent month-over-month…”

Comprehensive FAQ Guide to Twitter…03.16.09

16 03 2009



Ask Jeremiah: The Comprehensive FAQ Guide to Twitter from Jeremiah Owyang provides:

“Need a Twitter expert in your corner? I’m here to help!

New, Advanced? Shy? Submit a Question
I’ll take the most rudimentary basic question to the most advanced, don’t be shy. This is a living FAQ, if you have a question for me, Jeremiah, leave a comment and I’ll answer, if you’re really shy, you can email me, but I can’t promise I’ll see it (I get a lot of emails). I’ll be updating this over time, so please bookmark, and share with your network.

Was this helpful? spread the word
If you liked the post, please tweet it, by copying and pasting this into twitter:

Got a question about Twitter? ask @jowyang

Alright, let’s get to work, I’m here to help, this faq will grow over time…”

Check out Ask Jeremiah: The Comprehensive FAQ Guide to Twitter for the expanding FAQ guide.

Twitter Microblog Search Engines…03.15.09

15 03 2009


Pandia Search Central has a List of Twitter Microblog Search Engines:

NEW! Twingly Microblog Search

Twitter Search
NEW! AskTwitR
NEW! Back Tweets
NEW! Flaptor Twitter Search
NEW! MicroPlaza
NEW! TweepSearch
NEW! Twibs Business Search
NEW! Twitterfall
NEW! We follow

For a comprehensive list of internet search engines, see the Pandia Powershearch page.

© P&S Koch 1998-2009

Twitter Q & A Library Reference Service Potential…03.15.09

15 03 2009



This is interesting and potentially helpful excerpt from the Digital Reference blog with a post from Stephen Francoeur titled Twitter as a Q&A Service:

“Thanks to a Twitter message from Dana Longley (aka disobedientlibon Twitter) I learned today about an interesting attempt to turn a subset of Twitter messages into a Q&A service. 

AskOnTwitter searches for any tweet with the phrase ‘Does anyone know’ and displays them on its home page. Typically, those messages are questions in which someone is using Twitter to query a broad audience. AskOnTwitter aggregates all those tweets and gives you a way to reply to them using your own Twitter account

This seems like another opportunity for librarians to publicly offer their assistance in the tradition of the Slam the Boards project that was launched a year and a half ago.”

How to Find a Library Job on Twitter…03.13.09

13 03 2009


From Mashable! today is a great post by Sarah Evans titled HOW TO: Find a Job on Twitter excerpted here:

“…•Make your Twitter presence “employer-friendly”

o Put your job pitch in your Twitter bio (which is 160 characters)
o Use a professional looking avatar
o Tweet about your job search


• Utilize your Twitter background. There’s lots of space you can use to promote yourself. Don’t know how to create a professional-looking Twitter background? Use this free template to design your own.

• Include a link to an online CV or resume in your bio. Use a tool like VisualCV. (For more information on building an online resume, see Dan Schawbel’s post HOW TO: Build the Ultimate Social Media Resume)

• Establish yourself as an expert in your field on Twitter. It’s important to note that you should notmisrepresent yourself. If you’re not a medical doctor, don’t play one on Twitter. As those on Twitter become interested in your content, when employers are looking at you, you’ll have more than just your resume to back up your knowledge and experience…

A reactive job search on Twitter probably isn’t the best way to find a job. There are many new Twitter tools and applications to assist with a proactive job search.


Started by well-known PR professional, Brian Solis@Microjobs was developed to bring together job seekers and recruiters through tweets.

How does it work?
Recruiters begin their tweets with @Microjobs, and then submit. The @Microjobs account automatically tweets out requests to its growing network of job seekers…


Another tool born out of Twitter for job seekers and recruiters. Follow the hashtag #Tweetmyjobs and visit the website. This is a very simple (and free) tool for job seekers. You can subscribe to desired job channels and even have new openings automatically sent to your mobile phone. Even better? You can specify which cities you want notifications from…

Job search accounts

There are a variety of Twitter accounts dedicated to providing job listings by field, company, region, and more. Once you’ve decided which best match your job search, consider turning on mobile alerts for these accounts to be among the first to receive messages (if your mobile phone plan includes SMS messages)…

To find additional Twitter job resources, use the Twitter search function and type in keywords important in your job search. For example, “job openings,” “looking for a job,” or “healthcare career.” Additionally, you can search out others in your desired career field on sites like TwellowJust tweet it, and TwitterTroll…”


More Good Video on Using Twitter for the Library, the Librarian & Others…03.13.09

13 03 2009



Thanks to David Lee King for highlighting this new video on Twitter featuring his interesting experience:



Cory Doctorow has a good post on BoingBoing titled Motherlode of Soviet futuristic magazine covers which illustrates an example of how Twitter can be powerful:

“Here’s a massive boatload of covers from vintage Soviet tech magazines — most of these came from valiant Twitterers (@billnagel, @kwispel, @vr_quarksoup, @houbi) who responded to my call for the originating URL for an unattributed gallery of covers I found on another site, filling my cup to overflowing with a motherload of sovfuturkitsch that I’ll be wallowing in for days. I want to wallpaper my office with these.

Update: Via Twitter, @vonross adds, “This was a youth-oriented futurist/kosmist zine started in the 20′s, purged & retasked by Stalin during WWII, it went to roots of modernism.”

2.5 GB torrent of PDFs of full issues of “Техники молодежи” (!!!!1111!ONE!)

Обложки “Техники молодежи” (30е – 50е, СССР)

‘Техника – молодежи’

Обложки журнала Техника молодежи (29 фото)

(Thanks, Mike K!)”


“The Twitter Global Mind”…03.13.09

13 03 2009

Twitoria – A Service for Twitter Users…03.10.09

10 03 2009


This service may be helpful for the Twitter compulsive copied from the website of  Twitoria:

“Clutter is pervasive. Twitoria tries to reduce Twitter‘s clutter by revealing friends you are following that haven’t posted an update in a while. It can, for example, easily track down those pesky friend spammers that post no content, or people that have abandoned Twitter for another status updating service. Why follow them if they no longer tweet?…”

Twitoria © 2009


Comic: (Unshelved) – Cloud-based Twitter Search Engine…03.10.09

10 03 2009

According to a Mashable! post today:

New stats from Nielsen Online show that by the end of 2008, social networking had overtaken email in terms of worldwide reach. According to the study, 66.8% of Internet users across the globe accessed ‘member communities’ last year, compared to 65.1% for email. The most popular online activities remain search and Web portals (with around 85% reach) and the websites of software manufacturers… “

Here is an excerpt about an interesting search engine from Stan Schroeder today from his post Cloud Based Twitter Search is Great for Searcher’s Block on Mashable! worth checking out if you’re a Twitter aficionado:

“Ever wanted to search for something, but you weren’t sure exactly what? Sounds like an oxymoron, but it does occasionally happen, especially if you’re searching through Twitter conversations is a cloud-based Twitter search engine that provides you with a list of commonly used keywords and phrases for another phrase, in cloud form...Despite its simplicity, could be useful in many situations; to someone who’s looking for more context for a search, doing sociology-related research, or perhaps just wants some fun…”



(Comic: Unshelved)

Twitter Setting Its Sights on Google…03.09.09

9 03 2009

The SEO Shootout blog has in though-provoking  post titled Twitter Gunning for Google? Not Intentionally, Perhaps… by Doug Bedell which is excerpted here and worth reading in its entirety:

Mitch Joel on the blog Six Pixels of Separation sees Twitter, the microblog, as growing into a human-powered search engine that could threaten Google’s dominance.


How’s that?  Well Twitter is powered by people, not algorithms. People build acquaintance circles around people who share their interests. And they’re asking for all kinds of help from their Twitter friends. That’s what you do on a search engine, isn’t it? Could Twitter be the Holy Grail of a personal search engine?…”

Libraries and Librarians Can Use Twitter as an E-Learning Tool – “Working the Back Channel”…03.08.09

8 03 2009


Here is an excerpt from Twitter As a Learning Tool. Really by Pat Galagan on ASTD on how “Savvy trainers are using micro-blogging to foster informal learning and meet like-minded peers.”:

“Working the back channel

While some instructors may not relish real-time reviews of their classes that cause people to leave, others know how to benefit from a roomful of people on Twitter. Whether at conferences or in companies where micro-blogging while learning is encouraged, informal information exchange is an adjunct to structured learning events.

Jane Hart, a social media and learning consultant, classifies Twitter and other micro-blogs as tools for personal and informal learning. ‘The point of social media is to turn learning into a more participatory activity,’ she says. Learners use social media tools to ask and answer each other’s questions, and as Hart maintains, ‘Micro-blogs can support collaboration and understanding.’

Many educators already use micro-blogs to create community around a class or an activity. Instructors who’ve used Twitter say it is a useful back channel during and after class. ‘As an instructor, you can have immediate feedback on the relevance of your class,’ Hart says.

After class, instructors can encourage micro-blogging to support relationships among the people from the class and to further their learning. Teachers post tips of the day, questions, writing assignments, and other prompts to keep learning going.

Some believe that Twitter is even more powerful as a social learning tool outside the context of the classroom…

Another popular use of Twitter and other micro-blogging sites is the building of professional networks. Michele Lentz, a technical writer and professional blogger, began using Twitter to get to know other learning professionals. Within months, she was posting regular updates about her work, getting help from experts, and attracting followers of her own.

Currently, Lentz has 1,000 followers on Twitter and teaches courses on how to use micro-blogging as a learning tool. She recently polled her followers via a Twitter polling application, about why they like Twitter. The top reasons were

  • It accelerated my learning curve.
  • It helped me with personal learning.
  • It expanded my circle…”

The Value of Twitter As a Search Engine…03.05.09

5 03 2009
“…More and more people are starting to use Twitter to talk about brands in real time as they interact with them. And those brands want to know all about it, whether to respond individually (The W Hotel pestered me until I told them to just leave me alone), or simply gather the information to see what they’re doing right and what they’re doing wrong.

And all of it is discoverable at, the search engine that Twitter acquired last summer.

People searching for news. Brands searching for feedback. That’s valuable stuff.

Twitter knows it, too. They’re going to build their business model on it. Forget small time payments from users for pro accounts and other features, all they have to do is keep growing the base and gather more and more of those emotional grunts. In aggregate it’s extremely valuable. And as Google has shown, search is vastly monetizable – somewhere around 40% of all online advertising revenue goes to ads on search listings today.

And as John Battelle says, its not clear that Google or anyone else can compete with Twitter at this point (Facebook’s giving it a solid try, though)…”

© 2009 TechCrunch



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“Facebook’s Response To Twitter”…03.04.09

4 03 2009


(Thought-provoking image: )

You can see an overview of all the new Facebook changes announced today in a post titled Facebook’s Response To Twitter by Erick Schonfeld on TechCrunch :

“Facebook made a number of announcements today about changes to its home page, profile pages, and activity streams. Taken together, these represent a concerted response to the rise of Twitter as a real-time message broadcasting system that goes beyond members’ personal circle of friends.

One of the biggest changes is that Facebook is getting rid of the distinction between private profiles and public pages. The 5,000-friend limit will be dropped from the public pages. Facebook doesn’t want Twitter to become the way large companies and public figures connect to fans. Up until now, Facebook Pages haven’t really been the place fans go to connect with their favorite celebrities or brands. For that, they’ve started going to Twitter, where they can get updates in real time…”

“Normal” People Will Use Twitter in 5 Years…03.03.09

3 03 2009

TechCrunch today reports:

“Twitter co-founder Evan Williams was on Charlie Rose last Friday. In the clip above, he predicts that Twitter will be something ‘that normal people do’ within five years. He compares Twitter to the early days of blogging (another topic he knows something about, having been the founder of what became Blogger)..”

You can see the clip of Evan Williams here:

Top Must Have Twitter Mashups & Apps…03.01.09

1 03 2009


For our Twitter fans and posterity, this is from 8+ Most Must-Have Twitter Mash-Ups And Apps Ever [Twitter Apps We Like] posted today by Websites, Internet, Software Tips And Reviews :

 “…All of these apps and mash-ups are free and should be really useful to you.

  • Twitpic: A photo-sharing service for Twitter in which you upload a photo you want to share with your Twitter followers from your desktop or your mobile phone when you are on the move.
  • TinyUrl: Thanks goodness for this nifty URL-shortening service so that we can put links withinf the 140 characters limit of Twitter.
  • RTM Twitter: RememberTheMilk comes to Twitter.
  • Twitterfeed: Your followers can now follow your blog updates by Twitter though this awesome app.
  • Snipt: Share your code snippets on Twitter whenever you need it.
  • mail2twitter: Send an email to tweet what you are doing from anywhere.
  • twe2: Free Twitter SMS [Read more here]
  • Others: We have a lot more apps and mash-ups in this post…”

Twiiter Co-Founder Video on TED-Ideas Worth Spreading…02.27.09

27 02 2009


A VERY good video on Twitter:

Evan Williams: How Twitter’s spectacular growth is being driven by unexpected uses

“In the year leading up to this talk, the web tool Twitter exploded in size (up 10x during 2008 alone). Co-founder Evan Williams reveals that many of the ideas driving that growth came from unexpected uses invented by the users themselves…”


Tackling Twitter’s Tweets With TweetDeck…02.23.09

23 02 2009

With the huge rise in the use of Twitter, even among libraries and librarians, here is some useful information from a post today on Mashable! titled 9 Must-Try Adobe AIR Apps for Better Productivity :

“…For the business owner, blogger, or developer, Twitter has become a must-use tool to maintain a healthy network and customer base. TweetDeck is, in my opinion, the top of the line when it comes to Twitter interaction.

View your feed, all replies, trends, and even searches in just a single window! Another great feature of TweetDeck is the ability to sort your contacts into Groups. I have a group for work and a group for Madison, WI that keeps my peep-tracking on easy street.



Tip: Instead of using the standard reply section in TweetDeck, setup a search for variations of your username, full name, business name, etc. This allows you to capture ALL mentions to you! My reply search looks like this: @ielliott OR @ielliot OR ‘Elliott Kosmicki’ OR ‘’ OR ‘Good Plum.’…”

© 2006-2008 Mashable!

Libraries Using Twitter List…02.20.09

20 02 2009


Libraries Using Twitter from the Cirulation blog:

“How to Build a Community on Twitter”…02.19.09

19 02 2009


There is an interesting Mashable! article by Sarah Evans today entitled HOW TO: Build Community on Twitter of which you can read some highlights here:

“…Start with your community objective and then go for it. Use the 10 tips below as your guide to grow the community which benefits you (and your audience). 

Do… Create a user-friendly Twitter ID (@yourname)…

Do… Search for people to follow…

Do… Learn the lingo. You’ll want to join the crowd. Trust me…

Do… Know who “@” replies to you…

Do… Add your Twitter ID to all of your signatures…

Do… Reach out and say something…

Do… Read the bio of those who follow you…

Do… Promote others and share your best information…

Do… Learn the etiquette.

Most important is to learn about when you should “@” versus DM (i.e. direct message):

• Sending personal information like a phone number or email address. (It may seem like common sense, but I encourage you to NEVER post personal information like your social security number over ANY public forum.)

• A conversation which will consist of multiple “tweets” or a lengthy discussion with more than three posts. (Many people on Twitter will “unfollow” someone who sends multiple “tweets” in a row. Trust me.)

• Asking multiple questions to the same person or the same question asked to multiple people. (Your content becomes less valuable when people see the same thing repeated too many times…especially right in a row.)

• Correcting a mistake you’ve identified in someone’s blog post or “tweet.” (This isn’t required, but it is considered a common courtesy. The person who made the mistake will thank you.)

• Thanking each of your new followers. (It’s a nice concept to thank each of your new social media connections, but keep in mind how many responses you’re sending out each day or within a 10 minute period.)

• Making a request to someone. (Want to ask someone to write a guest blog post or partner on a project? Don’t put them on the spot in a public forum. Once you agree on a partnership, then by all means, tweet away!)

• Constructive criticism…this is your call. (If you have some pretty serious feedback to give someone, consider the most appropriate venue.)

• Getting someone’s attention! (Want to make a connection with someone, send them a direct message to get things started. A lot of people on Twitter get direct messages sent to their email or mobile phone.)


Do… Find out who some of the big players are

Studying Tweeter Viral “Retweets”…02.18.09

18 02 2009


Since Twitter is getting ubiquitous in many circles, finding out what makes certain “tweets” viral has many implications for libraries and other Twitter users.  There is an interesting post on Mashable! today by Dan Zarrella titled  The Science of ReTweets which is excerpted here:

“…ReTweeting is a rich source of data for this type of analysis: a larger number of ReTweets are posted every day, pertaining to nearly every imaginable topic and Twitter’s API gives us the ability to quantify and map viral behavior in a way that has never been possible before.

When I set out to answer the question of what makes certain Tweets more viral than others I found four factors that I believe have strong impacts on how far content spreads on Twitter.

1. The Original Twitterer

The most obvious factor that could be blamed for a Tweet getting ReTweeted a lot is the number of followers the user who posted it has. It makes sense, if you have 10,000 followers you’re bound to get more ReTweets than if you have 10, but the data shows your follower count has a less than expected impact….

2. The Semantic Content of Tweets

When we start to analyze the semantic content of highly-ReTweeted tweets, a few trends start to become apparent:

- Calls to action (as in: “please ReTweet”), while they might sound cheesy, work very well to get ReTweets.
- Timely content gets ReTweeted a lot.
- Freebies are popular.
- Self-reference (Tweeting about Twitter) works.
- Lists are huge.
- People like to ReTweet blog posts.

3. Timing

Another key factor I observed was the issue of timing. As one would expect there is a marked increase in the number of ReTweets that starts during EST business morning hours and that increasingly continues through the rest of the day and night. My own anecdotal evidence suggests that content that is Tweeted during the beginning of this time period gets more ReTweets than content posted at other times…

4. Retweet Cascades

The final factor is more subtle than the three above, I call it “ReTweet Cascading.” Similar toinformation cascading, as users observe others ReTweeting content, they become more likely to ReTweet it themselves. This may be due to the concept of social proof, repetition, or simply that seeing people ReTweet something forms a sort of implicit call to action.

Borrowing the concept of reproduction rates from epidemiology, I analyzed the likelihood of a tweet being ReTweeted again against the number of times it had already been ReTweeted and found a striking cascade effect. The more times content is ReTweeted the more likely it is to be further spread…”

Comprehensive Overview of Twitter…02.18.09

18 02 2009

I found this great overview of Twitter in the Why I’m all a Twitter post today on the The Blah, Blah, Blah Blog blog:

“…Twittering Libraries goes into detail about:

“Twitter and status updating”…02.13.09

13 02 2009

A new Pew Internet and American Life report Twitter and status updating was released yesterday. Here is an excerpt from the report summary  :

“…As of December 2008, 11% of online American adults said they used a service like Twitter or another service that allowed them to share updates about themselves or to see the updates of others.

Twitter and similar services have been most avidly embraced by young adults. Nearly one in five (19%) online adults ages 18 and 24 have ever used Twitter and its ilk, as have 20% of online adults 25 to 34. Use of these services drops off steadily after age 35 with 10% of 35 to 44 year olds and 5% of 45 to 54 year olds using Twitter. The decline is even more stark among older internet users; 4% of 55-64 year olds and 2% of those 65 and older use Twitter.

The use of Twitter is highly intertwined with the use of other social media; both blogging and social network use increase the likelihood than an individual also uses Twitter. Twitter users and status updaters are also a mobile bunch; as a group they are much more likely to be using wireless technologies — laptops, handhelds and cell phones — for internet access, or cell phones for text messaging.

Overall, Twitter users engage with news and own technology at the same rates as other internet users, but the ways in which they use the technology — to communicate, gather and share information — reveals their affinity for mobile, untethered and social opportunities for interaction. Moreover, Twitter as an application allows for and enhances these opportunities, so it is not so surprising that users would engage in these kinds of activities and also be drawn to an online application that expands those opportunities.”


View PDF of Report

Twitter Librarians Directory…02.11.09

11 02 2009

This may be a helpful post [Directory of Librarians Who Twitter] from David Rothman since so many librarians are using twitter although I do not at the present:

“Most know I’m not a huge fan of Twitter (I prefer FriendFeed), but this interests me anyway.

JustTweetIt is a service intended to help Twitter users find others they may want to follow and includes directories. I recently stumbled across JustTweetIt’s directory of Twittering Librarians

Check it out, see if there are any librarians listed you want to follow and consider adding an entry to help others find you.”


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