So somebody told you your library should be on Twitter, the wildly popular microblogging site, but you’re not really sure how or why or what the heck you’re supposed to do on it.
First the what. Here’s the description from Twitter’s about us page:
“Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the accounts you find most compelling and follow the conversations.
At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called Tweets. Each Tweet is 140 characters long, but don’t let the small size fool you—you can discover a lot in a little space. You can see photos, videos and conversations directly in Tweets to get the whole story at a glance, and all in one place. ”
As for the how and what: you want to give people a reason to follow you. For a library that would mean posting information about your programs, maybe live tweeting some events (especially authors coming to visit), and sharing publishing world news that your patrons would find interesting.
Besides how you tweet, who should a library follow? Authors, publishers, news sources, the ALA are just a few off the top of my head.
Do you think its worth libraries learning to utilize Twitter?