24:2 (2009:05) NASIG Is All A-Twitter

May 15, 2009 at 12:44 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Jill Emery, NASIG President

As a communication experiment, NASIG has created a Twitter account.  Twitter is a micro-blogging site or note-taking networked website that allows a person to post quick short messages of up to 140 characters.  Currently, we’re using this tool to disseminate information about the upcoming NASIG conference, any additions to the NASIG Newsletter blog, and other short NASIG facts that we would like to promote out to anyone with an interest in NASIG.

The Twitter account has been available for about a month and we have 36 followers and are following 20 different NASIG members and news feeds that NASIG followers might be interested in reading. So far we’ve posted 81 messages.  Anything new added to the NASIG Newsletter blog automatically gets delivered to Twitter and in return posts made to Twitter show up along the lower right hand column of the Newsletter to feed short news/notes back.

Twitter was used extensively at the UKSG conference by various people taking notes on the various sessions and speakers they heard and presentations they attended.  It is hoped people will also use this during the NASIG conference in Asheville.  It’s really simple and can be utilized via a smart phone (Blackberry, Android, iPhone) if you do not have a laptop or wireless access.  Simply create an account on Twitter and when you write anything about NASIG, add #NASIG or @NASIG at the beginning or end of your message. This is known as hash-tagging and allows for messages around one particular event to be grouped together.

Twitter is extremely easy to use and the distributed nature of the notes allows for ready distribution to numerous places.  We look forward to more use of the NASIG Twitter account in the coming months and for finding new applications of this tool in the future.

The account can be found here: http://twitter.com/NASIG.


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