To tweet or not to tweet that is the question. Please excuse my paraphrasing of the Bard. This week I created a twitter handle, if you like you can add me it is: @kmbear623, to explore how twitter can be used in both my personal life and my professional life. I can say in my personal life it has had very little impact as twitter is not something my family and friends use on a daily basis. I suppose you could say we are old fashioned in the sense we prefer to send each other random texts or messages on Facebook. We have even been known to talk to each other on the phone. Personally I will add, I do love the fact I was able to link my twitter account to Flipboard to use a single app to manage several apps. If you are interested in hearing more of my thoughts on Flipboard, read the post “Exploring a personal unknown: RSS”.
The idea of using twitter in a professional manor, I have to admit intrigues me. I started to follow several libraries around the state and a few local businesses to see how they use it as a promotional tool in a very technology driven world. In my observations I can see how using twitter to promote a specific program or announcing closing the library early / opening late due to weather is a way to communicate with the community at large in a timely manner. The idea of only using 140 characters can create a challenge in finding a way to effectively grab the reader’s attention and promote a program in a way that is effective and efficient. As a creative stand point it is intriguing to see what keywords will draw the reader in and compel them to inquire further. It would be interesting to experiment using twitter as a library to see if it would strengthen our ties with the community and possibly use it to attract people who may not think to come to the library to check it out.
I believe I will try twitter for a little while longer, it is possible it will grow upon me.