It matters what you Tweet!

Earlier this week we celebrated Constitution Day. By the end of the week, a free-speech controversy erupted in Kansas. The controversy comes back to the issue of

“Even though I have the right to say it, should I say it?”

This controversy provides the means to discuss with students the far reaching affects of a tweet, facebook post, email or text message or even words said in a conversation. We all need to remember to T.H.I.N.K. before hitting that send/post button!



What’s Your ‘Personal Brand’

Most of us don’t think of our name as our ‘personal brand.’ Perhaps it is time we should think along those lines and help our students think of their name as their ‘personal brand.’

In her blog, Librarian by Day, Bobbi Newman talks about ways to use Twitter and Google Alerts to monitor ones ‘personal brand’ in her post, “How to Monitor Your Personal Brand (for free)


At the Click of a Button

It’s magic! I click a button to bookmark a web site and ‘magic’ happens!

Although it appears that I spend time on Facebook, Twitter, Delicious and Diigo posting links to web sites, it is all happening from Firefox with the click of a button. When I find a site of interest, I make sure I’m in Firefox and just click my Diigo toolbar icon and select Bookmark This. After adding tags (suggested and ones I make up), I just make sure the option to post to Twitter is checked and click OK.

Then the magic begins. The click of the button causes the bookmark to be posted to my Diigo account and to Twitter. From there, it goes to my Delicious account. From Delicious it goes to Raider Tags, a WordPress blog, where my new bookmarks are posted daily. My delicious tags are also posted as a box on my Facebook page.

Since my Twitter feed is connected to my Facebook account, anything I post on Twitter is automatically shared on Facebook. Thus, my Diigo bookmark gets shared on Facebook via Twitter.

Now, I just need to add some more magic and connect my Goodreads account to my blog.

Microblogging – 23 Things Kansas

As a school librarian with the added task of maintaining the school’s computers and network, I probably spend more time with technology than most school librarians. Because the technology side of my job changes rapidly, I try to take advantage of chances to learn about how to apply new technology in a school setting. For me, this has been library conference and the MACE conference. For those who have never attended MACE, it is an excellent opportunity to learn about a variety of tools, many of them freely available, that can be used in a school setting. It is thru MACE that I first got introduced to Twitter and Plurk.

I have Twitter, Plurk and Google Buzz accounts but prefer Twitter as a microblogging tool. Because Twitter has such a large base of users, I’ve found it easier to locate people and organizations I want to follow than on Plurk or Google Buzz. Another feature that I like about Twitter is the ability to follow a topic thru the use of hashtags. Thanks to a mention by WIBW’s weather team, I discovered Hootsuite. Hootsuite not only allows you to see all of your Twitter activity but allows you to create a panel showing only the public tweets on a topic. For example, during the summer I used Hootsuite to follow the hashtag #ksstorms. Because meteorologists and storm chasers use that hashtag to post storm information, I was able to track approaching severe weather while at work.

Another advantage of Twitter is the ability to integrate it. Since I don’t spend my day glued to Twitter, I have a gadget on my desktop that shows tweets from those I follow. I’ve also recently discovered ways to connect Diigo to Delicous and Twitter and Twitter to Facebook.

Sometimes, one of the challenges to using Twitter is finding people to follow. When I participate in a webinar or attend a conference, I will often try to find the presenter on Twitter and follow them. Sometimes, that is a challenge if they don’t disclose their Twitter identity and don’t use their name as their Twitter ID. During this year, I’ve added Linda Braun (lbraun2000), YALSA, VOYA and EdWeek to my ‘following’ list. Because of a personal interest in H1n1, I also added quite a few people and organizations active in tracking the worldwide spread of this disease.

Even though I rarely have the Twitter website open, I am a Twitter fan because of its ability to push information to my desktop. Recent research, however, indicates that teens do not see a need for Twitter. In their world, text messaging and Facebook are the primary ways to share information because they are more private. In contrast, it is the public aspect of Twitter and the ability to quickly share information that I find valuable. Thus, for now, I’ll remain a fan of Twitter and Hootsuite.

Tagging – 23 Things Kansas

Delicious, Diigo and other bookmarking sites make it easy to move from a work computer to a home computer and have your bookmarks follow along. I started using a couple of years ago.

At the time, I was supporting library projects with web sites containing links to resources. Because it is much easier to add a site to Delicious than to update a web page, I transferred these links to Delicious and created tag bundles. Now, when students click on Raider Links on our (internal) home page they go to my Delicious bookmarks. The major disadvantage of using Delicious in this way is the difficulty of keeping separate personal and work identities when doing school work on my home computer. Thus, I’ve given up and only have one identity on Delicious – nvteklib.

Besides linking the browser home page to my bookmarks, I have my delicious account configured to post my new bookmarks on this blog.

After having set up Delicious, I discovered Diigo. Diigo is similar to Delicious but it allows you to highlight text on the web site. Even though I believe that Diigo has an educational advantage over Delicious, I have not wanted to spend the time transferring my bookmarks and re-organizing them. Thus, I’m still a Delicious user.

Thanks to a recent webinar on new gadgets, I heard about the capability of Diigo to connect with Delicious and Twitter.

Now, I’m switching to Diigo to take advantage of its ability to highlight and to post automatically to Twitter.