#Follow Any Day

More and more people are getting on board the Twitter train.  One thing that I hear from  people who are either new to Twitter or aren’t sure about it – who do I follow?  A trend that got started is the perfect solution to the answer and it’s known as FollowFriday.   Every Friday you are encouraged to suggest to your Tweeps who you consider follow worthy.  I love this idea and have contributed to it each and every Friday since I’ve learned about it.  Only flaw I’ve seen is there was no real way to know why I should follow one person vs. another.  When I’ve tweeted my #followfriday recommendations I’ve always tried to include what these people have in common.  So in other words I categorized my Tweeps (gee, I do work in a library you know – sorry no Dewey decimal or LOC subject headings just basic tagging here).

My list of who I am following is growing.  I have lots of different groups (library folks, Linux people, business, news, etc).  So I decided to break down my groups and list them here on my blog then you can follow these fine folks any day of the week.  Listed in order as they appear in my Twitter account.

Libraries, Library people and trainers to follow:

yalescilib / YaleScienceLibraries

HCLDayintheLife / HowardCo Lib Staff

HiRecommended/HCL Highly Recommended

geekegrrl / Sarah

Auger / Brian Auger

beccalovesbooks / Becca Johnson

weelibrarian / Krista Godfrey

vargasruth / Ruth Vargas

dbouman / Danny Bouman

jdelagardelle / Jody Delagardelle

typealibrarian / Jennifer Hrusch

glenhorton / Glen Horton

chattylibrarian / Joan

CanuckLibrarian / Jennifer C

FrontierLibrary / Sarah Baldwin

kgs / K.G. Schneider

SBULibrary / Stony Brook Library

Kaess / Katrin Kropf

libraryfuture / Joe Murphy



skiddjohnson / Suzanne Kidd Johnson

LibraryGuy / Craig Anderson

infowidget / Amy Harmon

Jill_HW / Jill Hurst-Wahl

cclibrarian / JMS

library_chan / Melissa Houlroyd

billcompugeek / Bill

Sara_Mooney / Sara Mooney

jaimebc / jaime corris hammond

sclapp / Sharon Clapp


jenother / Jen Spisak

pollyalida / polly

gspadoni / Gina Spadoni

hbraum / Heather Braum

calimae / Cindy Bowen

ashlieconway / Ashlie Conway

Slzimm1 / Stephanie Zimmerman

LorreS / Lorre Smith

griffey / Jason Griffey

walkingpaper / aaron schmidt

awd / Aaron W. Dobbs



rtennant / Roy Tennant

stevelawson / Steve Lawson

ZenLibrarian / Annette Jones

infosciphi / Chadwick Seagraves

bckhough / Brenda Hough



ellbeecee / Laura

ashuping / Andrew Shuping

caro6302 / Caroline Ramsden

james3neal / James Neal

webmaster_ref / Brent Ferguson


libkitty / Freya Anderson


brewinlibrarian / Matt Hamilton



hblowers / Helene

librarianmer / Meredith

libraryman / Michael Porter

akearns / Amy Kearns

askusnow / Maryland AskUsNow!

s_francoeur / Stephen Francoeur

LibraryJournal / Library Journal

talkingbooks / Talking Books


joshuamneff / Joshua M. Neff

MLx / Marianne Lenox

librarianbyday / Bobbi Newman

crankylibrarian / Kaia

tattp / Valerie Beyers

LibraryChica / Stacey Aldrich

shifted / Jenny Levine

RyanDeschamps / Ryan Deschamps

victoriaptersen / Victoria Petersen

library_chic / Courtney S.

pfanderson / P. F. Anderson

cjburns / Christa Burns

gregschwartz / Greg Schwartz

conniecrosby / Connie Crosby

strnglibrarian / Julie Strange

rachelrapp / Rachel Rappaport

TheLiB / Sarah Houghton-Jan

mbreeding / Marshall Breeding

mstephens7 / Michael Stephens


jessamyn / jessamyn west

msauers / Michael Sauers

baldgeekinmd / MC aka baldgeekinmd

Web 2.0 or Social Media/Networking:

hootsuite / HootSuite


FirstDigg / FirstDigg / Urgo


adamostrow / Adam Ostrow

Gripwire / Brett Polonsky

mattsingley / matt singley

bobrobboy / Bob Robertson-Boyd

rww / Richard MacManus

socialmedian / Jason Goldberg

ashleylomas / Ashley Lomas

TheNextWeb / The Next Web

kanter / Beth Kanter

adamhirsch / Adam Hirsch

digitalnatives / Digital Natives

jowyang / Jeremiah Owyang

mashable / Pete Cashmore

SocialMedia411 / Social Media Insider


slqotd / SLQOTD

TiffanyStrobel / Tiffany Strobel

socialmediaclub / Social Media Club

Open Source related :

ranginui / Chris Cormack- Koha

joetho / Joe Tho- Koha

wizzyrea / Liz Rea- Koha

Miromurr / Thomas Brevik- Koha

gmcharlt / Galen – Koha

magnusenger – Koha

corephp / ‘corePHP’

nirak / Karin Dalziel- Linux


galaxiecruzin / Alex B- Linux

nengard / Nicole Engard – Koha



Companies or  Web Sites:

momentile / Momentile


engadget / Engadget

google / A Googler

Twitter_Tips / Tips, Tools, Status

facebook / Facebook

nytimes / The New York Times

TwistenFM / Twisten.FM


firefox / Firefox

BreakingNewz / Breaking News



wordpress / WordPress

BreakingNews / BNO News

google_us_news / Google News US

bbctech / BBC Technology

cnnbrk / CNN Breaking News

Twitter About Friendfeed So Facebook Can Flickr YouTube aka CIL2009 presentation

Now that I’ve had a chance to decompress, find my notes and get some email dealt with I thought I’d post about my presentation at CIL2009.  I had the sincere pleasure of working with not only two talented professionals but two people I now consider good friends – Michael Sauers and Bobbi Newman.   Our presentation dealt with training both staff and customers in regards to the wild, wonderful world of Web 2.0.  More portion of the trilogy dealt with training the customer.

Here are a few links I promised I’d share with people – hope these help you to educate your customers about Web 2.0.


My portion of the presentation

Entire presentation (including Michael and Bobbi’s slides)

My presentation for the public (customers) on Web 2.0 overview


Overview of Web 2.0 class

Photo/video sharing class

Music sharing class

Social Networking class

Manage Your Profile Socially

103_0509Social Network Profile Management

Michael Porter, Greg Schwartz, Sarah Hougton-Jan, and Amanda Clay Powers

Another attempt at live blogging.

Each presenter is going to talk for 5 mins.

Who are you online? Identity – what I say about me – what others say about me

Digital identity mapping – not just expression, reputation, crumbs of other stuff to form digital identity

Google search your name plugged in.  You don’t own it – can’t control it but you can influence it

#1 tip own your user name – establish presence online – stick to a user name that works for you – checkusernames.com

#2 – join the conversation – the part is what you say about you need to participate don’t just sit on the sidelines

#3 other half of that is listen – what are others saying about you – search to see what people are saying about you

#4 be authentic – no persona – about connecting that online presence with the real one

Amanda is next – ask anyone who saw this about Michael Stevens and sowing his seed.

What are we doing here anyway?  Social networking isn’t new or strange people have been telling their stories for some time.  We know how to help people manage identity because we know how to manage data.

Educate people about what they are doing – help them be more secure in using their online identity.

People aren’t seeing the librarians as the experts on social networks – if only they knew!  Sounds like we need to educate them a bit. 😉  Make your profile the way you want it to be – privacy settings.

Sarah Houghton-Jan

Library Social Networks Profiles – The Good, The bad, and The Ugly

Managing your identity as the library – official page.

uniform usernames – uniform generic email – profile information on site is current

quick replies to comments

personal tone – not stuffy, be yourself “not the library”, give it some personality

keep it open to all (doesn’t matter where someone lives – let them in)

Do not do

random strange usernames

individual emails

no profile info on site or out of date

slow or no replies to users

stuffy institutional tone

select friends (shutting down opportunities)

You can either over or under manage your library’s social network profiles.  Don’t fall into either trap.  Don’t let it fall on one person like the web master – across the institution.

Facebook, other social networking sites – can be professional no personal  – can be used in all sorts of ways – use all the options


Open ID and ClaimID – important

Ping.fm or Hellotxt.com to update multiple networks

AtomKeep – update all social network profile info in one shot

Now Michael Porter



Webjunction a community site for librarians and library staff – not closed but not really people who aren’t library related coming in and adding profiles.

All the fields you can control who can see them.  You have more options to control who sees what about your profile.


Make funny pics using swag or stickers

tweet about the workshop you are doing

show your personality – librarians are fun, nice and have interests outside of books

have fun with the tools – show your personality

success stories – share them on the social networking tools


bad photos – wrong finger sticking up – make sure goofy isn’t seen the wrong way

don’t take it so far – nearly naked photos would not be a good thing

Get some conversation going – Michael invites the audience to participate

Someone wanted to know if it’s possible to have 2 identity – personal and professional.  Most of the panel agree that they blend, the lines blur and it’s just too hard to keep it up.

Be aware of what you are adding because you can be seen as a “spammer” on Facebook by sending out too many feeds/updates.  Target information – rss feeds to a particular audience – people are getting overwhelmed by too much information.

Library success wiki – tips on how to manage professional profile – it still needs to be personal otherwise it won’t be effective.

Give people a one stop place – single place they may not be as familiar with the aggregators so still show the facebook, flickr links.  Cross pollinate.

Who Moved My Facebook?

I must be the exception to the norm.  I have yet to be phased by any of the changes that Facebook has made to their site.  That’s not to say that I think all their changes have been needed or even warranted.  It is the one site where I seem to just go with the flow.

There are enough people, however, each time change comes that get upset when someone moves their cheese.  They create pages, groups, applications to announce their displeasure.  Is this such a bad thing?  At first I would have said yes but then I got to thinking.  What better way to get feedback from your users?!  Most web sites are lucky if someone takes the time to fill out a contact us form.  Facebook fans take full advantage of Web 2.0.  Maybe the rest of the web could take a page from Facebook and think of more ways to allow our users to express pleasure or displeasure.

I hardly see Facebook changing back (but you never know enough of an uproar might make a difference).  It will be interesting to monitor this.  I am one for change and don’t mind just going with the flow.  All I ask is just don’t expect me to comment, start a group or create an application – unless it is “I Went With the Flow – Facebook Changes Don’t Phase Me” flair.  🙂

To Tweet or Not to Tweet That is the Question

Seems to be a lot of speculation about Twitter these days. The growing pains it has recently experienced has been frustrating to say the least. Several blog posts have pointed to an exodus to Friendfeed (LISs StevenK‘, LibLime’s Nicole Engard) due to frustrations felt at the recent ALA conference.

Many are jumping ships to other sites such as Plurk, Kwippy, Identi.ca, Pownce, etc. Friendfeed is also gaining some of the ex-Tweeters. I am signed up on all of them as mlibrarianus.

My main problem with leaving Twitter is my “friends” or followers. Some are on Plurk or one or two on Kwippy or several on Friendfeed but none of them are all in one place like Twitter. Sure I can send invites from these other sites to get my followers to jump ship but which one? I’ve yet to find one that I like better than Twitter at the moment.  Plus what I like about Twitter is all the different apps that have spawn out of it. Spaz, Twirl, Twitterfox, Twitwheel, TweetLater and my all time favorite Twitterfeed.  I know Friendfeed has several applications as well but I’m not hooked on Friendfeed like I am Twitter.

Friendfeed certainly does have some attractive features (being able to link to all your social networks and have display in one place).  I guess it’s the age old problem – lead, follow or get out of the way.

Lead – if you lead and have plenty of followers fine, your friends are there along side you.  However, if you lead to a place they don’t like you are left out in cyber space alone.

Follow – not always the best path to take but you are never alone.

Get out of the way – maybe the best approach to just sit back and let everyone fight it out?

Thinking that I’ll just let the dust settle a bit and then see what’s the next big thing.  Until then I’ll Tweet away while Plurking my Kwips all on Friendfeed.

Rockin’ robin’ tweet tweetly-tweet

Heavens, Twitter (which I just discovered was written using Ruby on Rails how cool is that) is all the buzz these days. Not only has it made the news (BBC) but there are add-ons for Firefox, clients so you can Twitter without bringing up a browser, and tweet from your Facebook page. I had no idea when I signed onto Twitter a year ago (after hearing everyone at CIL go on about it) that it was such a phenomenon.

Some interesting ways Twitter can and is being used:

Businesses can use Twitter tools to help them.

For customer service support

Marketing related uses for Twitter

Way to report the news (forget email Breaking News updates)

Water your plants via Twitter

Share your photos

Share your blog posts

Get a weather forcast

Keep track of your diet

Reminder to step back and reflect

Remember the milk (manage your tasks)

See where all the tweets come from (maps)

Propose to someone

I even use it as a safety feature. When I’m out walking the dogs in remote areas, I make sure I Twitter what I’m doing and where from my Facebook app on my Blackberry. Who knew that Twitter was this and much, much more…

Breaking the stereotype

While surfing my “friends” profiles on Facebook I noticed a group I hadn’t come upon yet – Library Workers are the Best. One of the posts on this group’s page was titled “The Best Nutters are in…” This brought me back to my first day of work at the library – February 1, 1980.

My Mother had taken me kicking and screaming to apply for a job at the library. “I don’t want to work there all the nerds, geeks, losers (fill in whatever was the correct term used in the 80’s).” I was convinced that the old librarian stereotype still existed. But I went, I interviewed and amazingly enough accepted the job when they called to offer me it. Hey, it beat working in McDonald’s. Still when I walked into the Long Reach branch of Howard County Library I felt that I’d be dealing with the outcasts of society. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I walked into work to find the senior class clown working at the same branch. And 25 years later nothing has changed.

Don’t get me wrong, one of the best things about where I work IS the people. What I mean is the old stereotype that I had grown up with doesn’t exist and for that I am grateful. I can’t imagine working with a more nutty, funny, wacky, frustrating, endearing, kind bunch of people. Not one of them fits the stereotype of yesteryear. No buns, no half-glasses sitting down low on the nose, heck no one even shushes anyone anymore.

Now the trick is convincing others who don’t work in libraries to see past that stereotype. I still get “that” reaction from people I’ve never met when you tell them where you work. I’d love to take those people to Computers in Libraries or other library conventions just to show them how long gone those old stereotypes are.