Discovery 2 – Twitter

May 13, 2009 at 12:48 pm 9 comments


It seems that almost everyone is talking and writing about Twitter – so what’s it all about…?

First up, watch this video:

Twitter is by far the most popular example of micro-blogging tools. They are called micro-blogs because they started like mini-blogs – the opportunity to write and publish small snippets of text to share information, ask questions and network with other people. Twitter is a very versatile tool, and people use it for many different reasons, so it has gown beyond this basic definition of micro-blogging.

Twitter can be a bit tricky to try to describe, but it has:

  • elements of email
  • elements of blogs
  • elements of instant messaging, and
  • elements of SMS text services

…without replacing any of those services.

As with all of these online tools, the best way to learn is to jump in and play!


  1. Head to Twitter and register with a username and password. Once you have a Twitter account, please add the account name to the comments section at the end of this blog post.
  2. Now you need some people to follow. Here are a few to get you started. Keep an eye on the comments section on this blog post too.
    CityLibraries Townsville:
    Townsville Bulletin
    Australian Librarians and libraries – quite a list on this blog post and the comments section
  3. Use Twitter search to find people you might want to follow. Try searching for topics you are interested in, and then following the people who ‘tweet’ about those topics a lot.  Another Twitter search tool worth looking at is Monitter
  4. Write some thoughts about Twitter on your own learning blog. You may want to wait a few days until you’ve played with Twitter for a bit.


There are many ways that Twitter can help connect people, information and ideas.

Personal – keep up to date with family and friends, share news, organise meetups and parties.

Work – Twitter is used by organisations for media releases and announcements, to share breaking news, to network with other people who share work interests, and to tweet about meetings, workshops and conferences as they are occurring.

When writing this post, I sent a message out on Twitter asking this question:


Fortunately a lot of my online colleagues replied. Here are some of their opinions to get you thinking about Twitter:twitterreplies

Have fun with Twitter!

– Warren


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Caitlin  |  May 13, 2009 at 3:11 pm

  • 2. James Milton  |  May 13, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve created my Twitter account, with a degree of trepidation (entertaining or informing in 140 characters seems more challenging to me than playing with a multi-thousand word blog post). Still…

  • 3. citylibrariestownsville  |  May 13, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I just received this question about Twitter:
    “Just a quick question when you start twittering did you get all random people following you? I only set it up like 2 hours ago and all these weird names I don’t know are following me. Just didn’t know if that was normal or not?”

    My reply:
    “Yep, just like spam email, they find you on Twitter too.

    If I get a follow from a name I don’t recognise, I check their profile. Some tips – if they have only ‘tweeted’ one or two things, if they follow hundreds or thousands of people but only a handful follow back, I usually don’t follow.

    On the other hand, some people that you follow will automatically follow back. Also, depending on what you write about, people you don’t know may follow you because they saw a keyword on one of your tweets that they are interested in. If for example you tweeted that you are a shoe designer, you may get followed by people who love shoes or who also design shoes!”

  • 4. gardenheart  |  May 14, 2009 at 6:44 am

    I agree with James 140 characters? Will have to learn the abbreviations.

  • 5. Jo Wallace  |  May 15, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Exhausted singing in! Looking forward to the weekend as I’m off the the UK for a couple weeks to visiting family and friends yipee

  • 6. travelinglady2  |  May 15, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Registered with twitter used same name as blog less confusing my head spinning but enjoying especially staff interaction

  • 7. ducky-learning 2  |  May 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Have signed up with Twitter. Have yet to be convinced it will be of value to me – may just be more information overload!

  • 8. alison  |  June 21, 2009 at 1:16 am – we can use twitter as a snapshot promotional tool for the service, within an enhanced web presence. And you can’t write on an on like in a blog – like it.

  • 9. Bonnie  |  July 7, 2009 at 8:51 am


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