A Guide to Twitter in Libraries

What is it

Twitter is a free communication and social networking tool which allows you to convey short messages of up to 140 characters to your circle of friends via the Twitter website, SMS, email, IM, or other Twitter client. Messages appear not only within your profile on Twitter, but are sent to your community of followers who have signed up to receive your updates.

Often referred to as microblogging, this new phenomenon has caught on with over 300,000 users on Twitter alone including Barack Obama and John Edwards. Twitter recently made the cut as one of Time’s Best 50 Websites of 2007. Librarians are using it to communicate at conferences and events and to keep up with developments in the field, and libraries have begun using it to promote their services.

How to Use it

Check out some of these great how-to guides which will have you twittering in no time:

Screencasts:

How Libraries are Using it

Libraries are just starting to test the waters with microblogging applications, but there are already examples of libraries using Twitter.

Case Studies:

Library Twitter Accounts:

Twitter Tools & Mashups

Twitter Alternatives