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May 21 2010

Tweet, Tweet Tweet

by Amanda L

I  have been using Twitter for a year and a half now. If you don’t know what Twitter is, it is a social networking and micro blogging service.  It enables you to send a 140 character post.

Although you can send posts out into the world,  you may also “follow” people and hear what they have to say. The Twitter world has evolved where you can add hash tags (#) with words to enable others to search grouped comments.

Recently I was interested in the Dove Awards and was disappointed that I would not be able to see who won since it was not carried live nor did I get the cable station it was shown on later.  I was able to find out who won from following many of the artists.  As the awards were being announced, both the winners and those artists attending sent tweets into the world.  Following the variety of tweets, I almost felt like I was there. I was also able to know who won before it was announced in a variety of media. (How cool is that?)

Twitter has become the go to news source for many people. I know that I can find out what is going on locally by either searching by hash tags or keywords if I have heard of an event or incident. The Library of Congress has also noticed this phenomenon. Since they have the capability to archive digital files they are in the process of archiving all of the tweets that have ever been posted. An article about this was recently written in the American Prospect.

Want to learn more about Twitter? Listed below are a few books we have on Twitter. As with any technology, if you’re interested go play with it. Of course if you want to find out what is happening at your local library follow us on Twitter.

Twitter for Dummies

Twitter Marketing for Dummies

The Twitter job search guide: find a job and advance your career in just 15 minutes a day


Mar 15 2010

Blog, Blog, Blog

by Vivian A

On an unusually snowy March night I ventured out to take Laurie Foley’s free workshop called “Blogging- Who, What, Where & How?” at the brand new Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams library. The audience was small due to the weather and mostly women. (Two-thirds of bloggers are men.) We all wanted to know the same thing — how do I start a blog and more importantly how do I get readers?

Laurie Foley is an award-winning blogger and business coach.  She presented us with the history of blogging. Did you know that 133,000,000 blogs have been indexed since 2002 but ninety-five percent are abandoned within four months? 72% are hobbyists, 15% are part-times, 9% are self employed and 4% are professionals.  A great professional blog is Huffington Post and a good local one to check out (besides DCPLive) is Decatur Metro.

Then she recommended some good books: The New Rules of Marketing and PR by David Meerman Scott; WordPress for Dummies, 2nd Edition by Lisa Sabin-Wilson and Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (you can find all of these titles at DCPL).  Then she wowed us with the fact that 900,000 blog entries are posted every twenty-four hours. I must say I feel a little daunted but determined.

If you missed this class, don’t worry.  Every month the Library has many other computer classes which you can check out in our events calendar.


Aug 14 2009

What’s a good time for you?

by Lesley B

Ever try to set a date for an activity involving more than two people? Well, a friend recently introduced me to a handy little web thingie called Doodle.  She was organizing a book club and trying to set a date for our first meeting. All club members got an email with a link to a calendar. Everyone entered the dates they were available, making it easy to see the best day for the meeting. No more ‘reply all’!

You can also use Doodle to help a group make a choice. Here’s a sample poll for a book club:picture-31

Schedule events and help you make a choice, that’s all Doodle does. Simple is good, especially if your book club is very ambitious. Sigh. No one liked my haiku suggestion.


Jun 10 2009

Authors on Twitter

by Nancy M

twitterIf you’re with me, you are sick of hearing about Twitter. Scarcely a day goes by that I don’t hear, “Check us out on Twitter”, or “Twitter breaks huge story”, or “How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live” (I just don’t know about this one). Not being able to ignore all the fuss, I signed up and found that most people are quite simply answering the question that Twitter asks, “what are you doing?” So when I read that my friend John was “feeling tired this morning” or that my sister-in-law was “so excited for The Bachelor finale”, I couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed. And don’t even get me started on the personal pressure I feel when trying to come up with something witty and relevant to post, all under 140 characters. I gave up. Until…

Did you know that there are hundreds of authors that you can follow on Twitter? Some of my favorite authors such as Neil Gaiman and Laurie Halse Anderson are twittering tweeting about things that are quite interesting, such as information on their latest books, writing tips, links to cool articles and blogs, etc. And even though these well-respected writers are just as susceptible to posting humdrum tweets, I can’t help but find it really cool knowing that Neil Gaiman hates Delta, or that Karma Wilson also has a dog that likes vegetables. And what’s even better is the opportunity to pose questions to these people. All of the authors that I’m following actually respond to their followers’ questions and comments. Twitter is a great way to interact with people that you would normally have no contact with. Perhaps Twitter will change us all.

You can find a list of authors on Twitter here.

Who are you following?

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There’s a lot of talk in computer and information circles about “Web 2.0.”  This term refers to all the new technologies that are suddenly abundant on the web, and with these come a brand new vocabulary.  Where terms like “cybersurfing” and “e-business” were new words 8 to 10 years ago, we now have “RSS,” “blog,” and “wiki.”  Insiders and web aficionados have at least heard these words, but even people who use the web all the time may have trouble understanding what they mean.  Fortunately for those of us who need a primer in all these new technologies, a group called Common Craft has put together some video tutorials that explain how all these work in simple, easy to understand ways.

Here’s a link to Common Craft’s video tutorial for RSS feeds.

And their main site:  www.commoncraft.com

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