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Rambling down Twitter Lane

Using Twitter hasn’t really been a pleasure walk in the countryside, but more of a bumpy ride in the city. When I first signed up a few years ago I just couldn’t get it at all. All I could hear was noise, lots of [useless] information travelling at a super speed and without any control. However, I wasn’t oblivious of Twitter’s huge potential as marketing tool, the power it had to provide instant communication, and the possibility of reaching masses of people with one single tweet.

Has my opinion changed? Yes, it has! Why? First of all, both Twitter and I have changed. I believe that Twitter’s population has matured, there’s a lot less people tweeting about their lunch and more twitterers sharing valuable information. From my side, I decided to give Twitter another try a few months ago, this time without the pressure of having to use it in order to complete a social media course (the same course I mentioned on my previous post), and also when I had to start tweeting as @CJBSInfolib, our library account. I started this new Twitter experience with a thorough cleaning of the list of people I was following, mainly  librarians and random people I had felt obliged to follow in the past.  I found new people and organizations to follow that could make my Twitter experience more enjoyable and fun. My new list covers all kinds of topics, from breaking news, to business and economical issues, comedians, sports, parenting tips, cooking and even fashion. And of course, a good selection of librarians and leading people on my professional field.

And secondly, I learned to enjoy Twitter by using it on my own terms, a mixture of professional and personal interests. On Twitter I can choose who to follow, and they don’t need to follow me back. There are no awkward friend requests and I don’t have to follow my friends, unless they have something interesting to tweet about.  And finally,  that I’m lucky enough to work alongside Twitter experts who finally converted me.  Having said this, I’m not a Twitter addict – I can perfeclty live without it – and I’m not a ‘resident’ yet, but I’m in the process of moving away from the ‘visitor’ side.

This ride is not over yet, there are still a few more paths to explore such as learning how to filter all the noise and useless information on there, how to compose engaging tweets and join in conversations. All of these mean that somehow I’ll need to pluck up the courage to stop being an observer and more of a participant.

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My first rambling…

This is my first blog post for the Social Media Driving Licence, week 2.  The above image represents my current views on social media: a bright and intricate collection of channels.

Part of this week’s tasks was to list my personal pros and cons of social media, so here they are:


  • Re-connect with lost friends
  • Communicate and share with family
  • Share stories and achievements
  • Narrow the physical gap with family – feel closer
  • Instant communication – faster than email
  • Find product/place reviews
  • Discover new content, tools
  • Get advice
  • Entertaining
  • Awareness of what’s happening in the world
  • Support social campaigns
  • Professional development and networking
  • Educational


  • Overwhelming – huge amounts of information
  • Time consuming – managing different tools, testing new tools and finding the right one to use
  • New tools all the time!
  • Addictive
  • Reliance on social media
  • Parental controls
  • Exposure – can’t delete or undo
Image credit:  Mwezibou via Flickr Creative Commons
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