I don’t tweet.


There’s a lot I don’t do, including post photos to facebook, Skype with distant friends, or understand my cell phone. I’ve never felt that I had a strong aversion to any of these things — more like disinterest, bordering on mild aversion.

Likewise, I created this blog purely because I had to for school. There are a lot of things I do for school that I’d never do of my own free will, like get up before six in the morning and speak in front of large groups of people. Some of these things are edifying, some necessary evils, and most, like this blog, fall somewhere in between. I expect work to be much the same, and in a way I look forward to having doses of unpleasantness thrown at me. I don’t want to be miserable in the interest of making a living, but I do want my work and my non-work life to be distinct. I want work to require things of me that I do not and probably would not do at home.

So: Twitter. I think I can tweet, if I need to do so professionally. I may grow to like it, or I may always be lukewarm — but if I have to do it, I will sure as s*** do a good job.

It begins.

It begins.

It seems simple enough.

  1. Create a username: carrieliz4
  2. Follow things: the American Library Association; the Smithsonian; a local medical library.
  3. Follow more things, as prompted by Twitter: Vancouver Public Library; Law Library of Congress; the World Digital Library; the Canadian Music Centre.
  4. Receive notification that some weird travel agency is now following you, even though you haven’t even tweeted anything. Frown and ignore, but feel occasionally creeped out. Get frustrated when online scrabble does not accept “unfollow” as a word. Try to understand what, exactly, @ and # mean in Twitter. Fail. And maybe, when you’re in a certain mood, write a pithy sentence or two about your day: “Today Vancouver smelled like tater tots. I don’t know why.”

You get the idea.

But there are good tweets and there are bad tweets, especially when it comes to organizations. There are tweets that help your patrons feel involved in their library. There are functional tweets that serve as cheap and insanely effective marketing. There are tweets that make you look like you’re trying waaaaay too hard to be cool. There are tweets that are a profound waste of your time, because no one is reading them and no one will.

In the days before this puppy is due, I aim to learn about all of these tweets, and more. Tally-ho.


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