ERIC Number: EJ850543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun-15
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Working the Social: Twitter and FriendFeed
Carscaddon, Laura; Harris, Colleen S.
Library Journal, v134 n11 p24-26 Jun 2009
Information overload is so five years ago, but the problem it describes is all too real. Fortunately, there's hope yet for the savvy librarian: Twitter and FriendFeed turn information dissemination on its head, using friends and subscribers as a filter for the best, most credible, and most engaging information out there. Like other social media sites, Twitter and FriendFeed are excellent personal and professional social outlets, connecting users to friends and colleagues regardless of boring problems like geography. But they also connect users to the content those friends and colleagues share, clueing them into their network's likes and dislikes and jacking them in to the editorial decisions those in their network make about the stories and content that matter to them most. The best part? Everything about these services is eminently customizable, depending on which and how many followers one chooses to include in his or her stream. One can use Twitter and FriendFeed to get the play-by-play of conference updates remotely, or keep tabs on any of a number of ongoing topics of interest. If a person is publishing inclined, he or she can use these social content filters to track favorite authors and publishers, or simply to get the latest updates from favorite blogs and publications. In this article, the authors provide an overview of these two social networking services.
Descriptors: Web Sites, Play, Electronic Publishing, Internet, Information Dissemination, Social Networks, Librarians, Computer Mediated Communication, Synchronous Communication
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