100 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Librarians on Twitter

Librarians are embracing Twitter as a helpful tool to bring together community and make work easier. Whether you are just starting out with Twitter or are looking for ways to improve your existing Twitter experience, the following tips, tools, and resources will have you Twittering like a pro in no time. Dive into this list to find everything you will need to use Twitter in your library.

Resources for Learning Twitter

If you are just beginning, take advantage of these resources to help you learn how to get started on Twitter.

  1. Twitter 101 – 8 tips to get started on Twitter. These eight steps break it down simply and provide great advice. A few helpful tools are also included.
  2. A Basic Guide to Twitter. Not only can you learn how to get started using Twitter with this blog post, there is also a handy glossary included.
  3. The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter. This blog post, authored by Michael Hyatt from Nashville, Tennessee, offers great advice for getting started using Twitter.
  4. Twitter 101: Clarifying the Rules for Newbies. Learn how to avoid these three Twitter mistakes.
  5. Birds of a Feather Twitter Together. Written by Katherine Boehret from Allentown, Pennsylvania, this article will have novices feeling comfortable by cutting through some of the confusion on how to use Twitter.
  6. Twitter Etiquette. This wiki page offers plenty of information on Twitter etiquette.
  7. VIDEO: A beginner’s guide to Twitter. The video is specifically for business use for Twitter, but the accompanying article offers helpful suggestions for those just starting out.
  8. How to Use Twitter: Tips for Bloggers. The tips here are beneficial reminders for both bloggers and microbloggers.
  9. Ten Top Twitter Tips. Learn how to use “@” and “d” as well as other helpful tips here.
  10. Want to learn Twitter? Watch this video. Watch this video to learn how you can start using Twitter.
  11. Mastering Twitter in 10 Minutes…Or Less (Version 2). Download this free tutorial to start learning Twitter right away.
  12. Lunch n Learn: Twitter for Beginners. This video presented by Birmingham City University is a good place to start learning Twitter.
  13. Twitter Guide for Beginners. This simple overview will break down the basics for you.

Ways to Use Twitter in the Library

Here are some simple suggestions to get you started using Twitter in your library.

  1. New book arrivals. Let your patrons know what new books arrive at your library by Twittering the information.
  2. Library Events. Keep followers current on all the fun events occurring at the library.
  3. Take a poll. Use PollDaddy to ask your patrons for their opinions or get feedback on what’s happening at the library.
  4. Stay in touch. Keep up with other librarians so you can share ideas and projects and learn from each other.
  5. Send alerts. Allow patrons to sign up to be notified when requested material is available.
  6. Send past due notices. Tweet past due notices to patrons as a gentle reminder that they are late.
  7. Create alerts for specific groups. Announce news and events meant for specific groups such as teens, children, or book groups.
  8. Announce closing time. Let patrons know when the library is about to close.
  9. Send computer alerts. Whether someone’s allotted time on the computer is about to end or if several computers have suddenly become available, let users know.

Librarians Talk About Twitter

These librarians share their suggestions, experience, and opinions on using Twitter.

  1. Twitter on ALA and Some Advice. The Shifted Librarian offers a great post on using Twitter in the library.
  2. Twitter Dominated ALA Midwinter. Kenley Neufeld from Ojai, California tells about the success of Twitter during the ALA Midwinter in January 2009.
  3. Twitiquette: A Short but Helpful guide to Twittering Conference Meetings. This librarian offers a powerful reminder for what not to do when Twittering.
  4. Twitter Explained for Librarians, or 10 ways to use Twitter. David King, resident of Topeka, Kansas, gives the basics about Twitter and how you can use it in your library.
  5. Library Twitter?. Learn how this librarian was won over to Twitter.
  6. Learn More: Twitter. Find out why Twitter can work well for a library and see a few examples of Tweets here.
  7. Twitter Update or how I was able to exploit the latest social networking site without really trying. Learn how this librarian uses Twitter for a variety of functions.
  8. All a Twitter: Want to Try Microblogging?. Ellyssa Kroski offers tips, tools, Tweeting libraries and more in this article. Kroski is an adjunct faculty member at Long Island University in New York and two other institutions.
  9. Finding other librarians using Twitter. Learn how to use Twellow to find other librarians on Twitter with this blog post.
  10. Managing the ebb and Follow on Twitter. This librarian shares valuable Twitter tools here.
  11. two notes about twitter. Jessamyn West offers a link to an interesting library Twitter feed and also discusses the criteria she uses when selecting who to follow.
  12. A Guide to Twitter in Libraries. This article from iLibrarian offers plenty of information and resources to effectively use Twitter in the library.
  13. Picador Launches Twitter Book Club. Find out how this book club incorporates Twitter.
  14. Use Twitter? Check Out dm fail. Learn why it’s important not to send private messages on Twitter.

Librarians Twittering

Follow these librarians to see how others are using Twitter.

  1. shifted. Follow Jenny Levine on her popular Twitter feed as she shares library and ALA goodness.
  2. Kenley Neufeld. This community college librarian Tweets about social media, books, and more.
  3. Librarians Matter. Kathryn Greenhill provides library information and news with an Australian perspective.
  4. Librarian. This globe-trotting librarian shares global library experiences via Twitter.
  5. jessamyn. Follow this popular and entertaining librarian’s Tweets.
  6. Janette Fuller. This librarian from Houston Tweets tips and positive thoughts–among other topics.
  7. infodiva. LIS, politics, and pop culture rub elbows among these Tweets.
  8. ALA Twitter Feeds. Check out these ALA units and staff members who Twitter.
  9. Top 10 Twittering Librarians. This list from July 2008 provides ten popular librarians you can follow on Twitter.
  10. Law School and Law Library Feeds. This list of Twitter feeds includes law libraries and law schools.
  11. Just Tweet It Librarians Directory. Find other librarians on Twitter and add yourself as well.
  12. Twittering Librarians – join our tapestry. Join the school librarians here as they form a social network and share their Tweets, too.
  13. How to Use Twitter as a Twool. Find out how to optimize your Twitter experience with this post from the Stark County Law Library in Ohio.

Tools to Enhance Your Twitter Experience

These tools and apps will help make your Twitter experience easier and more convenient.

  1. TweetDeck. This app allows you to create groups of Tweets to better manage your information.
  2. GroupTweet. Create groups to facilitate Tweeting. This is a great tool for specialty groups such as young adults, book clubs, or library employees.
  3. bit.ly. With character count being so important, this service shortens URLs so that you use fewer characters when sharing web links.
  4. tweetparty. This tool creates Twitter groups and allows you to communicate directly with them.
  5. TweetGrid. Create a customized search dashboard to create easier Twitter searches.
  6. Tweetree. This tool puts your Tweets in context so when an entire conversation starts, everything is grouped together.
  7. TwitterFone. Call and leave a voice message that will be turned into a Tweet with this tool.
  8. Tweet Later. Write Tweets that you can schedule for posting at future times. This is a great way to line up reminders and announcements that are tied to specific dates.
  9. TwitterNotes. Use this app to keep notes among your Tweets that are only for you to read.
  10. LoudTwitter. Send Tweets to your library blog with this tool.
  11. Password protected text notes. If privacy becomes an issue, use this tool to send notes to Twitter that only those with the password can read.
  12. postica. Use this app to post sticky notes on Twitter for a visual reminder.
  13. Twishlistter. Create a Twitter wish list with this tool to let your patrons know what your library may be needing.

Educational Twitter Tools

Share these fun and educational tools with patrons or use them yourself.

  1. Atlas. Explore the world with Tweets that are shown on a map. You can also explore nearby places in that geographic location.
  2. weather. Get weather news and weather events occurring around the world from the Science News Blog.
  3. EarthquakeNews. From the USGS Earthquake Center, get Tweets on any earthquake that hits around the world and registers over 2.5.
  4. GeoTwitterous: Personalized Twitter on a Map. This article describes how GeoTwitterous works as a great app to map your Twitter network.
  5. Twitxr. Send photos from your mobile phone to your Twitter account with this app.
  6. Plinky. Each day this app provides a prompt in the form of a question or challenge, then you can reply by posting text, photos, maps, or whatever you can use to answer the prompt.
  7. QuoteURL. Put many different Tweets together on one page with this app. Libraries with several different Twitter groups will like this.
  8. TwitPic. This app lets you share photos on Twitter.
  9. Outwit Me. This site offers “intelligent Twitter games” and is a great way to bring Twitter into the library for the younger crowd.
  10. twiggit. This tool combines Digg with Twitter and lets you find news articles and more.
  11. TwitterLocal. Use this app to find Tweets from a specific geographic location.
  12. TweetScan. Type in keywords and have Tweets that match your keywords emailed to you. Use this as a Twitter research shortcut.
  13. Tweetizen. Find specific groups on Twitter that share the same interests or start your own group.
  14. Twrivia. Get a new trivia question each day with this tool.

Find Twitter Apps

Applications can enhance your Twitter experience, so use these resources to find great apps or learn how to stay up-to-date with the latest apps.

  1. Top 10 Twitter Hacks. This blog post offers more than ten suggestions, so check out several ways to make Twitter work for you here. This is a good resource for the safety of students studying online.
  2. Twitter Fan Wiki Apps. Here’s an huge listing of Twitter apps grouped by Desktop, Web, and Mobile apps, then further sub-grouped by Windows, Mac, or specific topics.
  3. The Top 21 Twitter Applications (According to Compete). This resource provides the top 21 Twitter apps that received the most traffic based on the number of monthly unique visitors.
  4. Twapps. Find the latest Twitter apps archived here.
  5. Twi5.com. Visit this website for the latest Twitter apps or sign up for their RSS feed to get new apps sent directly to you.
  6. twtapps. These Twitter apps are all pretty simple–and free.
  7. i-Stuff Twitter. Find specific apps for Twitter on this site that brings together interesting and useful technology apps.
  8. Smashing Feeds. This resource provides Twitter news as well as many Twitter apps.
  9. Twitter tips – tools for your tweets. Not only can you find tools to enhance your Tweets, you also learn the basics of using Twitter.
  10. 5 Good Ways to Discover Twitter Applications. Learn how you can stay on top of the latest apps coming out for Twitter here.

Advice to Help Improve Your Twitter Experience

These resources offer plenty of advice to help you make the most of Twitter.

  1. How to Succeed at Twitter. Mitch Wagner discusses the personal and professional connections made through Twitter versus simply boosting the number of your followers.
  2. Kevin Rose: 10 Ways to Increase Your Twitter Followers. Take the advice offered by the founder of Digg and second-most-followed person on Twitter.
  3. Twitter Fan Wiki /Hashtags. Learn all about hashtags and how to use them in this article.
  4. 8 great Userscripts for Twitter users. These eight userscripts will have you using Twitter a much more conveniently.
  5. 35 Twitter Tips from 35 Twitter Users. This advice ranges from simply being honest to information on specific apps to better manage your Twitter use.
  6. Twitter Reading List. This listing includes many Twitter resources grouped by year.
  7. TwiTip. Find plenty of advice for using Twitter to your best advantage on this blog.
  8. How Twitter Can Make You a Better (and Happier) Person. This blog post explains some of the virtues of Twitter and how you can use it advantageously.
  9. Twitter Freaks. This Diigo community offers a great selection of resources for using Twitter.
  10. The Unforeseen Consequences of the Social Web. An important reminder, this article explains why you should think carefully before posting just anything on the Internet.
  11. 100 Totally Free Twitter Power Strategies. Find great tips as well as connect with other Twitterers here.
  12. 5 Good Reasons to Learn How to Use Twitter for Business and Personal Use. Learn five good reasons why you may want to start Twittering.
  13. My attempt at helping journos learn Twitter. Watch this two-part webinar to learn about Twitter from the journalists’ perspective.
  14. 50 Easy Ways to Improve Your Twitter Experience. Find apps, tools, tips, and more to help make the most of your Twitter experience.