Popular Networking Sites and how libraries are using them
has literally thousands of interest groups for users. Each interest groups has a discussion board, areas for posting videos, photos, bookmarks and news events. There’s even a group wall on which Facebook users can leave comments. Interestingly within that collection of groups, there are several hundred relevant to individuals in the library field. Some of the more popular groups of interest to librarians are listed below.
is one of the leaders among social networking websites, with more than 300 million users and an average of 230,000 new accounts added daily. According to Wikipedia, MySpace has been the most popular social networking site in the U.S. since 2006.
is a way to communicate and stay connected by frequently and quickly answering one simple question: What are you doing? Learn more at the Commoncraft Show, Twitter in Plain English
Twitter has also been called “micro-blogging“, but it is more similar to the status updates / link posts found in Facebook (or other social networking sites) than to traditional blogging activities. Get more ideas at:
1. Set up an account with Facebook, LinkedIN or Ning. If you’re uncomfortable using your real name, use an alias (NOTE: It’s very easy to delete an account if you decide to).
2. Search for libraries, authors or people you know and add them to your friends list.
3. Considerations for your blog: What did you like or dislike about the sites. What do you think about libraries using these sites? How could your library utilize these tools?
OPTIONAL: If you’re not comfortable creating a Facebook, LinkedIN or Ning account, here is an alternate exercise:
1.) Find 2 or 3 articles on these or other social networks. 2.) Write a post on your blog about your thoughts on these tools and how libraries are using them.