Category Archives: Twitter

Weekly Tweets from 2010-01-17

  • I'm at Jacob Wirth Restaurant (31 Stuart St, Boston). http://4sq.com/4XVNnl #
  • I'm at Bukowski Tavern (50 Dalton Street, Boston). http://4sq.com/18dxEv #
  • Just ran into two good friends from Chapel Hill randomly on the street in Boston. #
  • Inauspicious morning. Overslept. I never do that at conferences. Sorry to all I missed. Waiting on shuttle now. #alamw10 #
  • Picked wrong time to wait on Gale shuttle. Sneaking up on 15 minutes waiting. Hoping my timing gets better today. #
  • Still no shuttle, 20+ minutes. #shuttlefail #alamw10 #
  • Taking a cab. #shuttlefail #alamw10 #
  • I'm at Boston Convention and Exhibition Center w/ @infogdss29. http://4sq.com/5s6Zl7 #
  • Ok. Think I've done all I can here. Still tons to do elsewhere. Wondering how fast I can get lunch in this place. #alamw10 #
  • Wandering exhibit hall. #alamw10 #
  • At LITA National Forum 2010 Planning Committee meeting #alamw10 with @htomren #
  • Beginning to be selective about Foursquare tweets, so as to not completely annoy everyone. #
  • Thinking about what Shirky's Rant Against Women says about librarianship, a profession dominated by women: http://bit.ly/5g5xrb #

Catching the Wave

No sooner do I mentioned the thinking I’ve been doing about Proactive Reference, and Google throws all my thinking into a tailspin. Just a few days ago, Google announced a brand new product, called Google Wave. So what is Google Wave? It’s not easy to grok at first glance, but a the elevator pitch might be: Communication for the 21st Century. It takes the most popular communication formats (email, IM, Txt) and mashes them together with the new, real-time web (Twitter, Friendfeed, etc) and you get something that is greater than both parts.

There’s a TON to say about this, and at first blush I’m going to bet that it’s the biggest revolution in communication online since the invention of email. It’s both a platform and protocol, and will push existing thought-leaders like Twitter to open up in ways they might not be ready for.

Here’s a video of the launch preview…I’m trying hard not to gush about the possibilities. Look for much, much more on this from me over the next few weeks.

Proactive reference

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about something I’m calling “proactive reference.” The way I’m thinking about it, proactive reference is the monitoring of the real-time web (Twitter, Friendfeed, Seesmic, etc) by librarians who answer questions relating to their area or specialty, whether subject or geographically based. Public librarians who answer questions by searching for mentions of their city, county, or library, and Academic libraries who monitor for mentions of their university are two examples, but are many more possibilities.

I’m doing a bit of it now, just to see how effective it is at marketing the library’s services and such. Is anyone else out there actively monitoring these communication channels right now? My instinct is that this is going to be a HUGE market in a very short time, and that libraries should dive in fast and get used to it.

Weekly Tweets from 2008-11-16

  • Thinking of picking up a <$200 point-and-shoot for my London trip. Who has one they love, and what is it? #
  • Ok tweeps, camera choice: Do I want the Canon SD1100 or the Nikon S210. Very similar in features, looking for someone who’s used either… #
  • After I thought Oct. was going to be a crazy month, November is nuts. Oh, and Dec too. Chicago next weekend, London 2 weeks later. #
  • Anyone have a Boxee invite they want to share with me? #
  • Wondering if I have time to order new Moo cards before London trip. Probably not. #
  • Lazyweb request: who is a female writer who I can reference with Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens as “famous for writing serial lit”? #
  • I could waste an enormous amount of time on this: http://now.sprint.com/widget/ #
  • Going to try a portion of my London presentation “Lessig Style”. Already up to almost 20 slides for just my intro, which is like 30 seconds. #

Twitters from 2008-11-09

  • Thinking of picking up a <$200 point-and-shoot for my London trip. Who has one they love, and what is it? #
  • @etches and @brewinlibrarian : you’re both right, itweet looks lovely. Have to try it on my iphone, see how it looks there. in reply to etches #
  • @michellelentz some people consider the lack of sustained narrative a downside. in reply to michellelentz #
  • Ok tweeps, camera choice: Do I want the Canon SD1100 or the Nikon S210. Very similar in features, looking for someone who’s used either… #
  • @wordnerdy Thanks for the recommendation! I’m a fan of the canons…good to know. in reply to wordnerdy #
  • After I thought Oct. was going to be a crazy month, November is nuts. Oh, and Dec too. Chicago next weekend, London 2 weeks later. #
  • Anyone have a Boxee invite they want to share with me? #
  • Wondering if I have time to order new Moo cards before London trip. Probably not. #

Twitters from 2008-11-07

Twitters from 2008-11-06

Twitters from 2008-11-05

  • Listening to President-Elect Obama for the first time. Goosebumps! #
  • Going to bed after Obama speech. See you all tomorrow. #
  • touring apps state library #
  • @JasonFalls did anyone fill you in re: delicious? You can take the HTML export, and convert to XML. that should be spread-sheetable. in reply to JasonFalls #
  • Long day. Toured Appa State library, lots of good building ideas from them. Checked in with @ksclarke while I was there. Long drive home. #