You may chuckle at the title of this blog, or might even be offended if you are a Twitter fan, but nobody is laughing more than I am now. As a fan of social networking in general I have looked at Twitter from time to time, but have never been tempted to join. A random sampling of tweets had convinced me that tweeting was a silly diversion, filled with nonsense text bites that only served to tie people even more to their cell phones.
I began to see a practical purpose for Twitter two months ago when I began working at the library at my local community college. The library sent out regular tweets letting people know information that was relevant to using the library, from a change in hours to the addition of computers in the study rooms. These small direct sentences seemed to me to be a fast and efficient way of disseminating information.
Recently now, as I have begun to look at tweets from various librarians, I realize that if used correctly, Twitter can be a powerful tool for a library. The key seems to be to tweet frequently and with engaging content. While I see the benefits of Twitter I am still not in love with it. Perhaps by the end of this semester I will have gained more of an appreciation.
On a more fun note I found that Twitter silliness can be…well…fun. The following is a bit of Twitter Parody that I found on Mashable.