I’ll be doubling up on Things 6&7 because they’re related: both about networks. Thing 6 is about online networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook, and library-specific ones like LISNPN, LATnetwork (Librarians as Teachers Network) and CILIP communities (or for those of us in the US, ALA Connect). I’m adding Twitter, because this is the one I used most often for online networking.
For Thing 4, we are supposed to explore 3 tools for keeping up with current news and information in the profession: Twitter, RSS feeds, and Pushnote. Of these three tools, I was already using Twitter and RSS (via Google Reader), so the only thing that was new to me was Pushnote.
When I first heard of “personal branding” I have to admit the term turned me off. I was very resistant to the idea that I need to market myself like a product I’m trying to sell. However, as the Practical Librarian points out, just because you do not put the effort into creating your personal brand does not mean you don’t end up with one. The problem in that case is that you are letting yourself be defined by what people may find on the web instead of taking action to present an identity that reflects you the way you want to be seen. I realized it isn’t necessary about packaging yourself as a product, but about managing your identity and professional reputation.
I resisted using a twitter management tool for a long time, since I don’t have a smart phone and only tweet from my laptop. I figured just using the twitter web site itself was all I needed. However, last week I had a couple of messages I wanted to send out, but I didn’t want to send them out all at once. I had to leave the apartment for the afternoon, so I couldn’t just wait to make my tweets. But, wait a minute! Doesn’t Tweetdeck let you schedule tweets for later? I looked it up – yes, it does. So I downloaded Tweetdeck and scheduled my tweet. Problem solved!
So, I have been using Tweetdeck on a trial basis since that day to see how I like it. Folks, it is pretty cool. Instead of just one long feed of all the updates from people you follow, you can customize several columns to keep track of several things at once. Continue reading →
- @librarian_lali ugh. Makes me want to see if my local library has it and check it out or request it! 6 months ago
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- @Airykah1382 @librarianmissa kind of nice when it goes the other way & you realize that those pockets you thought were fake were sewn shut 6 months ago