Last night I received an email from a good friend who shudders at the very mention of Facebook, but is reluctantly peeking at Twitter. Twitter is under consideration simply because I post links from her blog there and (I assume) her views spike for those posts. Aha.
Anyway, our conversation revealed a lot of the kinds of thoughts and assumptions about Twitter that come from people who are NOT using it or familiar with it. The conversation went something like this.
With the amount of time you are spending on Twitter – how do you get any work done?
… and the “how to know if it is the wrong guy” relates to information management and library science?
Actually, yes, in a few senses.
1. The author is a health care social media person with whom I hope to collaborate.
2. She’s working on using social media to prevent domestic violence, and this is part of that series, probably the catchiest one. That gives a definite healthcare connection, which is a focus of my job.
3. Part of effective social media use is the right balance of social to professional, with the recommended balance being 80/20 meaning 20 pro. I obviously fail on that. Way too much pro stuff.
4. Part of social media is reciprocity, and sending on work by someone else is considered being friendly, a nice thing to do. It also shows that you are listening, and that you care about their work, not just tooting your own horn.
5. A big role for library and information types is curation – using expertise to scan a variety of information sources, gather, select, curate, annotate, and disseminate. Social media is another way to do this.
There is a method to my madness. 😉
I don’t think you are completely mad. It is just that some of the stuff reflects what has been on Yahoo and the news in the last couple of days. End result is that it can look strange.
(OTOH, given the thousands of your TWEETS, it must keep you busy!)
The Delicious bookmarklet broke on my computer because of the size of my Delicious archive (>30K). It was just so slow to respond that it wasn’t worth my time to try to use it. So I now have to bookmark anything I want to keep by pushing it through Twitter (fast) or going to Delicious web site and working through a series of menus (slow). This means my streams have gotten muddied and less focused.
Part of what I do is prowl what is coming in via Twitter, Facebook, Identi.ca, Plurk, other people’s Delicious, and such. Then I open windows to proof anything that sounds interesting. If I still think it is interesting after skimming, I want to bookmark it. Then it has to go through Twitter.
I tend to push out links that are on any of the topics/purposes that are core foci of my job, interests for which I would expect people to follow me, and then a few things that are just personal interests get thrown on from time to time (like cooking and crafts and science fiction).
I also participate in a number of scheduled Twitter chats, which really elevate the number of tweets! A lot of folk follow me tho, and they say I share useful stuff, so I must be not too awful. Some say following me is like sipping from a firehose, but that’s fair since it feels that way to me, too! I’ve actually been asked to give presentations on how to “sip from the firehose”, LOL!