Twitter for Libraries

I have been asked to give a few workshops on the value of Twitter to libraries and librarians. So far, I have collected a series of articles and guides and wanted to share the list with you all.

Please feel free to recommend other links I should read or share with my students.

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LinkedIn SubGroups

Today I got an email from LinkedIn announcing that they will be adding subgroups!

We’re happy to announce that later this week we are launching a long-requested feature for group managers: the ability to create subgroups. Subgroups are like a break-out session at a conference. They enable you to create more focused areas than in the main group.

Also, by creating and inviting members into subgroups, you can now send additional weekly Announcement emails to focused audiences.

This is pretty awesome – I just wish they had done this from the start so that I didn’t have to sign up for so many library specific groups – I could have signed up for 1 or 2 and put myself into the appropriate sub groups after the fact. It will be interesting to see where this goes and how people start organizing their existing groups.

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Usernames for Facebook Pages

Today we are all able to get usernames for our Facebook profiles. I snagged my usual username – which means that you can now access my profile by going to My problem is that you can’t get a name for your Facebook pages unless you have 1000 fans!!

Facebook Usernames

That’s insane – most libraries aren’t going to have that many fans – so that means they’re going to have to wait:

This limitation is temporary. All Pages created after May 31, 2009 or that had less than 1,000 fans on that day will be eligible to claim usernames on Sunday, June 28, 2009.

Guess I’ll have to mark my calendar and wait patiently.

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Phonebook on Facebook

Did you know that you had a phone book on Facebook? I didn’t :) I have been playing with my new Blackberry Storm and updating my contacts and one thing I found was that I could link my contacts to Facebook friends and ask for phone numbers. When your friend has a public phone number or gives you access to their phone number it goes into your Facebook phone book. Pretty darn cool :)

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My Geek Chart

I just found Geek Chart via Lifehacker and thought I’d give it a whirl. Here’s my Geek Chart:

Nicole’s Geek Chart

It shows where I share the most online – I find it surprising – I would think that Flickr would be the biggest chunk – not Delicious – but I guess it makes sense.

According to Geek Chart:

This chart shows the last 30 days of your activity on these social websites. If you haven’t been active on these sites within the last 30 days, your actvity won’t show on the chart.

Facebook Groups for Family

What a great idea! Facebook has released private groups for family only. This way you can keep in touch with your family over Facebook without your entire friends list knowing what you’re talking about.

There’s a new landing page on Facebook that’s designed to get families involved in sharing updates, photos, and videos on the social network. The extended family group invite page, available here, lets you create a private group for your family by inviting current Facebook members and entering in the email addresses of those who have yet to join.

Is Facebook after Grandma and Grandpa now that they have mom and dad? You bet.

Creating a family group is simple. After clicking this link, you’ll notice the name of the group has already been filled in for you based on whatever your last name is (assuming you’re currently logged into Facebook, that is…and aren’t we always?). You can edit the name if you like or leave it as is.

I’m off to give it a whirl – even though not a lot of my family is on Facebook (we’ve all been using instead).

This from ReadWriteWeb.

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Facebook Reading List

As many of you know I give a class on Facebook for librarians – teaching them how to create profiles and pages and explaining the difference between the two. For that class, I have a short reading list I give attendees that I want to share with you all and ask for recommendations for additions/changes.

I also make my handout for that class available for all here. And the slides are on my publications and presentations list (it changes each time I give the class).

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New Facebook … again?

Didn’t we just do this? I just finished updating my Facebook guide and class to match the last Facebook update and now there is yet another new Facebook facelift. Change is good – and redesigns are necessary – but when there is so much going on on Facebook it’s hard to keep up with all of my content when the layout keeps changing on me.

If you’re not seeing the new Facebook yet, then you probably will soon – mine just kicked in tonight.

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