Monday, March 01, 2010

JISC online seminar on Twitter

I 'attended' a lunchtime online seminar about Twitter today, put on by the JISC Regional Support Centre. This was excellent timing as a few of us have just started Twittering as @SolentLibrary.

I was relieved to find that most of the content, even on third party apps, was familiar to me - I have been trying to keep up with developments - but still noted some things that I'd like to explore further. Notably Hootsuite which looks like it may have advantages over Tweetdeck in allowing multiple panels for different views, multiple account tracking and so on, and also a very handy looking 'pending tweets' feature.

I feel like I'm fairly confident now about the nuts and bolts of how to use Twitter, but I'm not sure anyone has yet pinned down just what its best used for beyond the obvious observation that it's a quick and easy communications medium.

One thing I'm fairly sure of is that some of the things I used to do here - new database announcements etc - could be better communicated via @SolentLibrary. Which probably leaves this blog as more of a reflective journal.

1 comment:

Phil said...

I'm not sure that Twitter does have to have a use beyond quick and easy communication, does it? I think that's its primary role, but how people then decide to use that functionality is up to them, and will differ from person to person to organization.

It's interesting to see the effect Twitter is having on blogging - some people now appear to blog less. I do about the same, but link from my Twitter account, and that's seen my readership numbers increase considerably.

Have you tried Brizzly? I find it a better alternative to Tweetdeck, but not used Hootsuite overly much.