Upcoming Twitter talk; some resources
(Edit 23Feb09: I’m adding more resources and pointing people back here, as promised at the talk.)
This coming Wednesday at 11am I’ll be giving a talk about the popular microblogging software Twitter. Please join us if you’re interested; we’ll be in the Administrative Conference Room at the Mugar Memorial Library. I’m gearing the presentation to librarians, but the overall themes—what Twitter is, what kinds of information flow through it as a medium, how people use it from both the authoring and receiving points of view—are widely applicable.
As with any exciting, widely used new technology, there are many more things to talk about than can be covered in an hour’s discussion. Below are links to some resources both about and by Twitter users that I’ve found useful and engaging. I will supplement this post with more pointers once the presentation takes its final shape, and probably again following the discussion.
A few articles:
- David Lee King: “Twitter explained for librarians, or 10 ways to use Twitter.” 10 Mar 2007
- New York Times: “Twitter? It’s what you make it.” 12 Feb 2009
- Pew Internet & American Life Project: Reports: Activities and Pursuits: “Twitter and Status Updating.” 12 Feb 2009
- HASTAC: “Twitter at MLA II: Panel Notes.” 5 Jan 2009
- TechCrunchIT: “The Crown Jewels.” 2 Jul 2008
- Mashable: “How to live inside Twitter and still stay productive.” 9 Feb 2009
And a few Twitter feeds librarians might find interesting:
- Josh Greenberg, Director of Digital Strategy and Scholarship, New York Public Library
- LibraryJournal (by the folks at LibraryJournal.com)
- LibraryResearch, Sun Microsystems’ Digital Library & Research team
- Providence Public Library
- Tompkins Cortland Community College Library
- Twitter search on the ALA midwinter meeting. (Hurry to look at this if you are interested, as it will eventually expire!)
- Twitter search on the currently in-progress Code4Lib 2009.