Why do we as librarians and teachers need to come to terms with Twitter? View the Prezi above created by myself and Diana Colby, library media specialist at Keller ISD's Early Learning Center, for a peek at our own Twitter journey and steps to take that Twitter plunge.
In the beginning, it was helpful for me to think of Twitter in terms of library lingo. For example, what is this "@" business? In Twitter, users select a "handle" or ID preceded by the ampersand. If we think of Twitter as a massive OPAC (online catalogue), then each user has a main entry...that main entry is their "handle." For example, Twitter users can search for me with the 100 tag @audreyw222. Furthermore, the Twitter "catalogue" can also be accessed through hashtags (#thisfunnystringofwordsembeddedintweets). Hashtags allow searching for a specific topic or subject accessible for users. The hashtag in the Twittersphere is the subject heading in library land's OPAC.
Making anymore sense?
Needing more convincing? Check out this month's issue of Library Media Connection for the article, "Twitter Tips and Tricks for Your Library and Classroom" by media specialist Melissa Purcell. In this two-page spread, Purcell dissects, describes, and defines the microblogging social media tool and decodes the mystery behind that little blue bird for classroom teachers and librarians. The article contains a glossary of twitter terminology, top ten reasons to incorporate Twitter, suggested Twitter handles for libraries and classrooms to follow, popular hashtags, and links to access blogs and documents that explore ways Twitter is coming home to roost in libraries and schools.