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Twitter for librarians: a resource guide



General Introductions to Twitter

Cheatsheet My 2 sides of A4 cheatsheet. You're welcome to print out and share it.

The anatomy of Twitter: an 8 point strategic guide. Dated to 2009, but much is still valid.

3 essential things to do as soon as you join Twitter. From the @RealWikiMan, Ned Potter

33 Reasons to Use Twitter – A Guide to Finding Value in the Service!

5 Reasons Why Twitter’s Growth Cannot Be Stopped. Mashable article dated to 2009, but just goes to show that they were right. Still entirely valid today, except for the numbers.

How to Present While People are Twittering. Really good ideas and advice.

How to Snap Up that Twitter Username You’ve Always Wanted. Details on how you might be able to get the Twitter name that you're after.


Newbie's guide to Twitter Nice overview that takes you through the basics, but dated back to 2007 now.

Tweetiquette – Twitter Etiquette, Top 10 Dos and Don'ts of Twitter. Very good advice.

Twitter: Best Practices and Tips [PDF Guide] Comprehensive, but dated at October 2009.

Twitter Guidebook from Mashable. Basics, building a community, for business, managing your stream and so on. Worth a read.

Twitter: Why It’s So Great And How To Effectively Use It. Good ideas and tips

Backup and Search Your Friends' Tweets with Google Reader Thanks to a combination of RSS magic and Twitter API, it's possible to search the tweets of everyone in your Twitter network with Google Reader. Here's how to do it.

Twitter for librarians - specific articles and links.

How Your Library May Not Be Using Twitter But Should. Written by a librarian.

Librarians on Twitter. A collection of my own to go with Even more British librarians on Twitter.

Libraries on Twitter. Very heavy American bias. Useful to see though.

Libraries tap into Twitter. Guardian article, June 2009. Increasing numbers of librarians are using Twitter to engage readers and spread information

Library Success wiki - twitter

Social Media at Orkney Library & Archive Good article showing how a library can use Twitter.

Twitter 101 for librarians. My Online 2009 slideshow talk.

Twitter for hospital libraries. Slideshare presentation.

Twitter for librarians a Slideshare presentation, October 2010

Twitter for librarians - the ultimate guide (perhaps!) Nice overview of resources that are available; American bias but worth a look.

Why Twitter? What can Twitter do for my library & my community? Written by Bill Drew.

100 Ways to Use Twitter In Your Library. Well, some, but I wouldn't say 100.

Twitter Search Engines - Directories

Just tweet it. Find other Twitter users just like you! Directory categories. 47,000 entries though, which to be fair, isn't a great deal. There's an IT section, but nothing specifically for librarians.

Listorious has the best Twitter people search on the web so you can find anyone by topic, region or profession -- powered by data from the tens of thousands of list curators. Once you find the right person, you can interview them by asking questions over Listorious. Searches for library, librarian, cilip

TweepML allows you to search lists of people on twitter.

Tweepz is currently crawling 18,523,641 twitter accounts to bring you back individuals interested in subject areas. Try library, librarian and cilip

Tweetfind Twitter Directory with Social Listings, Lists & Tools - Bringing together Businesses & Consumers on Twitter

Twellow Twitter Directory, Twitter Search, & Twitter Yellow Pages Twellow is a directory of public Twitter accounts, with hundreds of categories and search features to help you find people who matter to you.

Twibes shows you active Twitter groups and topics. There's a library, librarians group.

Twibs is a Twitter business portal, featuring of 32,243 businesses who are on Twitter, covering 1,000's of topics. Less than 10 links to library though.

TwitterPacks Lots of links and resources for librarians. You can add yourself to the wiki or find others. However, it's pretty moribund.

uTwitbook finds and recommends Twitter users. As usual - library, librarian and cilip searches. It has a very impressive set of advanced search options

Wefollow for subject areas, listing Twitter users. Here's library, librarian and cilip.

Twitter Search Engines - Tweetstream

Advanced Twitter Search - the original. Here we go with library, librarian and cilip.

Hashtags. It allows you to search for specific hashtags, such as #librarian or #cilip and shows you a trend by time line, with user, message and when.

Icerocket has a Twitter option and it's worth taking a look at. I like it a lot. Recent tweets for library, librarian, and cilip.

Locafollow finds people in specific subject areas in particular locations.

Monitter is a real time twitter search tool that enables you to monitor a set of keywords on twitter. It also allows you to narrow the search to a particular geographic location, allowing you to find out what’s going onin a particular part of the world.

Nearby Tweets is a geography-centric Twitter tool (localizing Twitter) for social networking, building customer relationships, and monitoring real-time buzz.

retweetradar You can get hourly, daily trends on hot terms, people and urls ‘retweet’ed on Twitter via retweetradar.

Snapbird 'search beyond Twitter's history'. Back beyond 10 days, within your friends tweets, your DMs, or a user's favourites.

Topsy is a realtime search engine powered by the Social Web. Unlike traditional web search engines, Topsy indexes and ranks search results based upon the most influential conversations millions of people are having every day about each specific term, topic, page or domain queried. Results are 'the latest', past hour, past day, past week, past month, all time. Search for web, tweets, photos, videos and experts.
Searches for library, librarian, cilip.

Trendistic to see trends in Twitter. Charted visualisations, going back 1, 7, 30, 90 or 180 days.
Visualize library, librarian or cilip - you know you want to!

Trendsmap is a real-time mapping of Twitter trends across the world.

Twazzup gives you realtime news as it happens. You get highlights, community, influencers, word clouds, live pictures, news and tweets. Try it out with library, librarian, cilip.

Tweefind by user rank. Updated in real time. Related searches. But... not awesome.

Tweetag sends you a free email alert when a keyword appears in Twitter lists of your choice. I tried my usual searches, but it wasn't playing, so I'm not overly confident about it.

Tweetgrid. Create a Twitter search dashboard that updates in real time. Here's your choice of library, librarian, cilip.

TweetMeme is a service which aggregates all the popular links on Twitter to determine which links are popular. TweetMeme categorises these links into Categories, Subcategories and Channels, making it easy to filter out the noise to find what you're interested in.

Tweetscan allows you to search for a phrase, by any user. Refreshes automatically.

Tweetzi is a simple realtime stream search engine. Try out library, librarian and cilip.

Twendz provides realtime trending data on terms. Includes subtopics and a word cloud as well as tweets themselves. Try out library, librarian, cilip.

Twitaholic tracks popular users. Gives joining dates, rankings and numbers of followers.

Twitority for authority based twitter search. Search and filter by authority (any, little, lot), but I have no idea how they work out the 'authority' aspect. Searches for library, librarian, cilip.

Twitrratr Discover what people are really saying on Twitter. With Twitrratr you can distinguish negative from positive tweets surrounding a brand, product, person or topic. Try out library, librarian, cilip Not entirely sure on it's currency though, so use with caution.

Twitterpowersearch has pics, trends, stream. NSFW images however, so maybe best avoided. However, you can do multiple searches, with results in seperate columns, which I've not seen elsewhere. If you're still interested though, try out library, librarian and cilip.

Twopular is a trends on Twitter aggregator, for now, 2 hours, 8 hours, day, week, month, year ago. It doesn't have a search option, but makes up for it with visual graphs, timelines, and top retweeted.

Twitterfall is a realtime falling visual listing of tweets mentioning your search term. Great for use at conferences.

Twitter Stream Graphs shows you a visual graph for particular terms over time. Attractive, but not sure of the value of it, to be honest, other than rising and falling interest in specific aspects of a term.

What The Trend? Find out WHY terms are trending on Twitter. For each trend, we give you a quick explanation of WHY it's trending (these blurbs are edited by you!) You can also see the latest tweets, Flickr photos and news stories.

Twitter Search Engines - Images

PicFog delivers relevant results Using twitter and the connecting image upload services, PicFog shows pictures from twitter as they're posted, in real time. You don't even need a twitter account to enjoy the benefits - and you can filter by any keyword, location or twitter user. Current images of library, librarian.

TwitPicGrid is a grid of images as they are posted to Twitter. May include some NSFW images. Nice features though and worth taking a look at.


Twitter Analysis Tools; mainly about your followers

Are You Following Me Too? Find Out If You're Being Followed Back On Twitter Get a list of people who you are following but who aren't following you back.

Bettween allows users to easily track and share conversations from Twitter. Limited to about 7 days.

Firstfollower Wanna know who your first follower was? This broke and didn't tell me.

Follower Wonk: compare Twitter users Follower Wonk is a fun, free app that shows you shared and unique friends and followers of different Twitter users.

Friend or Follow Who are you following and are they following you?

Happytweets is a measuring stick for how positive, or happy, a particular Tweep is

Justunfollow Unfollow Twitter users who do not follow you!

Twitter sleeping times Specify the Twitter username of the person whose sleeping pattern you want to know and hit Enter. Our algorithm will determine the approximate sleeping schedule based on the time when he or she stays least active on Twitter.

TweetStalk The simple way to stalk Twitter users without having to follow them. It's a Firefox add on that lets you follow someone via RSS feed.

Twiangulate Choose 2 or 3 people that you follow, and see who they follow in combination. Really interesting way to locate new people to follow.

Twitalyzer allows you to search on a Twitter user and find out lots of interesting thing about them. I tried me, and it was reasonably accurate, but not that high on the wow factor.

Twtify - Get Twitter Followers Type in your keyword, authenticate your account, and get a list of people to follow.

Twitter Analysis Tools; mainly about you.

Favstar - the best of Twitter. See what your most favorited tweets are.

Friend or Follow Who are you following and are they following you?

ManageFlitter - Fast & Easy Unfollowing   Twitter Account Management Clean up and manage who you follow. Find out who isn't following you back. Find out which inactive accounts you follow. Easily search inside your Twitter stream.

The ReTweetability Index measures and ranks Twitter users based on the infectious power of their tweets. This number accounts for number of followers and Tweets overall, so it is a true indicator of infectiousness.

SocialOomph Allows you to do a whole bunch of stuff with your Twitter account. Commercial version lets you do stuff with Facebook too. Formerly TweetLater

Twadges: Twitter Badges "Twadges are the latest sensation taking the Twittersphere by storm. There are over 60 Twadges to earn based on your Twitter performance - think scout badges and you're there."

Tweet Cloud is a service that lets you generate a cool looking cloud of the words your tweets mostly contain.

Tweetgrader allows you to see how well you're doing on Twitter. This is me.

Tweepi is a simple utility for quickly following quality tweeples based on their activity patterns...

TweetPsych lists creates a psychological profile of any public Twitter account and compares it to the thousands already in the database. This identifies those traits that are used more or less frequently by the user analyzed. This is mine. Looks at positivity, leisure, past, self reference,  and several other criteria. Also tells you who thinks like you.

Tweetree puts your Twitter stream in a tree so you can see the posts people are replying to in context.

TweetStats This is a very good analyitics tool. How many tweets, how often, when, retweets, responses, tweet cloud, link into Wordle - excellent!

Twilitics; link shortening and tracking service Twilitics is analytics for Twitter, tracking the clicks on your URLs. Use this resource to shorten your long URL, and then keep a watch to see how many clicks you get.

Twimemachine - Easily browse through your old tweets. Use TwimeMachine to easily browse through your old tweets. Read what you said ages ago. Max 3200 tweets.

Twitoaster is a Twitter web application that threads and archives your conversations in real time, bringing you all the context and statistics you need to improve the way you communicate with your followers.

Twittercounter tracks your statistics.

When Did You Join Twitter? Find out when you joined Twitter. Didn't find my name however. :(

Twitter Analysis Tools; mainly about Twitter

#Tagdef Definition of Twitter tags, the easy hashtag directory Ever seen a hashtag on Twitter, and wondered what it is all about? Now you can look it up, and cast your vote on the definitions. And if you don't like the definitions, or none exists, you can create your own in seconds.

The Archivist, an online tool to archive, analyze, visualize, save and export tweets.

TagWalk is a Twitter-powered Reputation and Recommendation Engine. It wanders around Twitter and the web discovering noteworthy things and maps the connections between them.

Tweet-o-Meter shows where in the world most of the tweets are coming from.

Twitter Tussle - What's More Popular on Twitter? Type in two terms, see which is mentioned most often. Fun and pointless.

Using Twitter in Business

7 Insanely Useful Ways to Search Twitter for Marketing Very useful little how to article. Quick to read, full of good sense. Includes finding content via Google search.

Information Commissioners Office Twitter guidelines policy Very useful and interesting policy guidelines for those of you who need corporate guidelines and examples.

Twitter for law firms; Law Firm Web Strategy A nice short article on how NOT to use Twitter in a legal context.

Twitter for Recruiting Parts 1&2 are PDF files, which are a bit dated, but still worth reading.

Using Twitter in Education - mainly for Teachers/School Librarians.

30 twitter tips for teachers is an overview article.

34 interesting ways to use Twitter in the classroom is an informative Slideshow.

Edmodo is a private microblogging platform that teachers and students can use to send notes, links, files, alerts, assignments, and events to each other.

Post Secondary school Twitter wiki pages for teachers.

Twitter for academia is a useful if dated article.

Twitter for Secondary school is part of the wiki mentioned below.

Twitter for teachers is a good overview wiki

Twitter clients and third party resources

Another tweet on the wall - Watch twitter live. A Twitter fountain - type in a keyword or hashtag and see the tweets flow.

Autopostr - This service lets your friends in Twitter know when you post a new picture on Flickr.

BubbleTweet - Enables anyone using the Twitter® social media service to record or upload short video messages that speak directly to their followers.

Commuter Feed is a free service that lets you post reports on traffic and transit delays in your local area using Twitter. Major US cities only.

Furthere takes your Tweets and turns them into a smooth, comprehensive Weblog.

FutureTweets is a free service that lets you schedule your Twitter messages. Send it at a specific time in the future or send a reoccuring Tweet daily, weekly, monthly or yearly!

GroupTweet turns a standard Twitter account into a group communication hub where members can post updates to everyone in the group using direct messages.

Hashtracking Hashtag Basic Report Basic stats on the 1000 most recent tweets free

HelloTxt lets you update your status and read your friends’ status across all main microblogging and social networks all at once.

Keepstream Organize your tweets. Whether it's conference chatter, launch buzz, or a fun conversation. Save those tweets. Organize them. Embed on your website.

Later Bro Send Twitter or Facebook status updates later.

Packrati.us = Twitter + Delicious This site provides a simple bookmarking service. We follow your twitter feed, and whenever a status you tweet or re-tweet contains URLs, we add them to your delicious.com bookmarks.

Revisit is a real-time visualization of the latest twitter messages (tweets) around a specific topic. Use it create your own twitter wall at a conference

Secrettweet to post your secrets to Twitter anonymously. Some are very sad.

Seesmic is a powerful suite of social media management and collaboration tools that provide businesses and individuals with everything they need to build their brands online.

Splitweet Easy management for multiple Twitter accounts and brand monitor The definitive twitter client for heavy & corporate users. How many twitter accounts do you have?

Storify allows you to create stories using social media

TodaysMeet helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime.
Encourage the room to use the live stream to make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to tailor your presentation, sharpen your points, and address audience needs.

twalala Get ready to take control of your twitterstream. twalala is a client for Twitter that allows you to control what you see, and more importantly, what you don't see in your twitterstream.

Twaitter lets you tweet at a later date.

Twapper Keeper - Archive Tweets Allows you to archive and organize your tweets based upon hash tags. Free for two archives.

Tweetburner is a URL shortening service.

TweetDeck is your personal browser for staying in touch with what’s happening now, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and more.

A Tweetdoc is a document that brings together all the tweets from a particular event or search term. A tweetdoc allows you to keep a record of an event through twitter.

Tweeted Times is a real-time personalized newspaper generated from your Twitter account Based on Media Sources Based on Twitter Lists Really good idea!

Tweetfilter is probably the most powerful filter you can find for your Twitter stream, unless you start decoding Twitter's API yourself. You can block phrases, retweets of certain users, particular web sites and services, and nearly anything else.

TweetGuru Multi DM - Send Direct Messages to Multiple People. Authenticate your account, and you can then send a lot of DM's at once.

TweetsQueue lets you build a queue of tweets for your Twitter account. The tweets in the queue will be twittered in a configurable time interval. This is great for collecting tweets while you are on an internet trip or you have a lot of things on your mind but you do not want to blow all the tweets out at once.

Tweetwrapper lets you wrap up a tweet in pretty paper. Strange, but true.

Twessenger is a Twitter add-in for Windows Live Messenger. When enabled, Twessenger automatically updates your Messenger Personal Message at regular intervals to reflect your latest Twitter tweet.

Twitlonger is an easy way to post long messages to Twitter without the need to write a blog post. Write what you need here and we post the link to Twitter for you.

Twitter Buttons Script by twt140.com offers unique and free buttons for your blogs, websites, and online profiles. Add them to your website or blog.

Twitterfeed feeds your blog to Twitter, Facebook and more.

Twitterfountain comes to your aid: we mash up tweets and images that share the same tags into a spectacular visual.

Twittermail Send an email to your TwitterMail address and we'll post it to Twitter.

Twitter Symbols Add fun symbols into your tweets with a cut and paste action.

twitterwall.me is a free website to built your own Twitterwall and Video-Twitterwall.

TwittImg lets you share photos on Twitter. Login, upload an image, they store it, and you link to it in a tweet.

twittLoad - Free File Hosting for Twitter

Twitturly We track and rank what URLs people are talking about on Twitter.

Twtpoll Engage Your Followers. Ask Questions. Get Feedback. From Simple Twitter Polls to Powerful Web Surveys!

TwTube allows you to share YouTube videos on Twitter. Don't really see the point, but it's there.

Twuffer allows the Twitter user to compose a list of future tweets, and schedule their release

Yammer : Enterprise Microblogging Yammer is a tool for making companies and organizations more productive through the exchange of short frequent answers to one simple question: What are you working on?

Twitter widgets to incorporate Twitter on a website or a blog.

Chirrup simply provides a means to show that chatter on your blog as a set of direct responses to the content you've written. It also provides a means for people to post their opinions to your blog using a technology they already have and use.

Chris’ Twitter Badge – A simple HTML badge that comes in the form of raw code you just copy-and-paste while changing a few links.  It will show your last four tweets and keeps the basic Twitter branding and logo from the site.

TwiBadge is a WordPress plugin to show your Twitter badge with easy personalization. It supports widget and non-widget themes. And you can use shortcode to add Twitter badge to your blog post and page.

TwitStamp allows you to use your current Twitter status anywhere - in the form of an image. This means you can post your status on blogs, forums, websites... wherever you want!

Twitterati Badge is a Javascript badging resource that looks nice, but a bit flakey.

Twitter Badge Give a listing of Twitter updates right on your website.

Twitter Buttons 100+ unique free transparent Twitter Buttons Badges Widgets for your blog or website.

TwitterCard Place a 125x125 TwitterCard on your Blog or as an Advertisement. A TwitterCard is a compact twitter widget that acts as your Twitter business card on your website.

TwitThis is a little button that you can place in your HTML or in your blog template to allow your readers to quickly and easily share what they’re reading with their Twitter followers.

Twittermysite You can add a Twitter button to your blog or website, and get people to follow you! You can customize the image with your twitter ID or any text you wish.

Twitter Statuses Badge – A Twitter badge that will show the last few tweets from your account, along with how long ago you posted them and the permalink to them so that people can go to them directly.

Twitter Widgets let you display Twitter updates on your website or social network page. Official ones! Our widgets are compatible with any website and most social networks. Simply choose the one that matches where you would like to include it.

U Stand Out Free Twitter Badges For Your Website or Blog

Vincent Abry buttons - 31 of them.

Twitter backgrounds

How-To: Create a Unique Twitter Background Here we've pulled together a collection of how-to articles, advice, resources and tools to help you create a unique background for your Twitter Profile

Spoongraphics Twitter Background Design How-To and Best Practices Check out this overview of best practices to stand out from the crowd with your Twitter theme and follow the tutorial to create your own profile from scratch.

twitrounds Twitter Backgrounds by twitrounds. Get high quality free twitter backgrounds on your twitter profile today.

Twitter Backgrounds Gallery is the largest showcase of unique Twitter backgrounds submitted and recommended by Twitter users worldwide. Get inspired, vote for your favorites, find a designer or DIY resources and most importantly - have fun!


Twitter cartoons and humour

Dilbert on Twitter Very amusing cartoon about what happens when your boss uses Twitter
Damn Cool Pics: 40 Funny Twitter Comics. Cartoons!
JoyofTech Very amusing cartoon about following/unfollowing people



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