Erin Dorney

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Trying Twitter (finally!).

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I can resist no longer, and am trying out Twitter (albeit late, as the buzz is almost over). I’ve read some of the available FAQs and know of some typical things from other library blogs, but one thing I haven’t seen is any sort of “Twitter etiquette.” I know it’s got to be out there somewhere, and I know the basics (don’t post over 140 words, don’t update every minute of the day, etc), but I want to make sure I don’t piss anyone off while playing with this new web tool. So if you have any Twitter advice, please comment below. Also, leave your Twitter name if you’re on it! And I’m looking for a way to make the Twitter sidebar updates look… prettier. From what I’ve seen, WordPress only lets you do the RSS updates, it doesn’t support the blog badge. However, I haven’t fully delved into trying to customize yet, so maybe there is a way…

And I will investigate that way later, probably after my two library instruction sessions this afternoon. 🙂


Written by Erin Dorney

October 20, 2008 at 12:31 PM

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  1. Etiquette: Be interesting?


    October 20, 2008 at 1:24 PM

  2. so far as I can tell – there is no “twitter etiquette” – I tried following some people who’s blogs I follow – and I’m convinced that Twitter is crap. Too much crap you’ve got to sort through to get through anything good.

    Ask yourself this. Every time you send out an email – do you send it to everybody in your address book? Every time you get an email where you’re just one of the many people who recieved it – do you always hit “reply to all”?

    Because, that’s basically what Twitter is.

    You’re assuming that everybody who chooses to follow you wants to know everything you say.

    There’s no filtering – you can glance at the tweet and say “oh, that’s not interesting, I won’t read it” because it’s only 140 characters – and you’ve read it.

    Don’t get me wrong, I can see cases where Twitter would be useful – like for collaboration, or to get rapid responses.

    But from what I’ve seen – it’s mainly crap.


    October 20, 2008 at 2:24 PM

  3. I’m lporcello on Twitter. Feel free to follow me! 🙂

    Lorraine Porcello

    October 20, 2008 at 2:38 PM

  4. Thanks for the follow! Can I ask…why me? Just curious.

    I like Twitter because it’s a brief glimpse into users’ lives. Sure, a lot of people use it for blatant self-promotion, but I try to avoid them and stick with the people who are interesting.

    How cool is it that we can follow Dave Matthews (@DaveJMatthews), the cast of The West Wing, and Wil Wheaton (@wilw)?

    When I tweet, it’s usually something I would mention to a girlfriend…or maybe a great link I’ve found. Some of the best tweets are random thoughts.


    October 23, 2008 at 12:30 AM

  5. I literally just joined Twitter also a couple of days ago per the request of a friend of mine. I don’t know what to make of it yet, but my handle is _morebetterness, so find me! ❤


    November 8, 2008 at 2:27 PM

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