This particular blog post feels oddly meta. In any case, for those playing along at home and not actually in SI 643, this week our at-home assignment (besides beginning Webinar research) was to open an account on Twitter, and begin following the bloggers we had followed earlier in the term on Twitter. We were then supposed to add/follow a handful of people to our Twitter feed who seemed professionally relevant to our interests.
Right now, we’re at the point in the semester where everything gets extraordinary chaotic leading up to finals and final projects. So, I was kind of relieved when I saw the assignment! I’ve had a Twitter account since 2008 or 2009. Although I’ve gone through various phases of using it/letting it lay dormant, I’ve been pretty active overall. My first account was created when I was a Community Manager in my past life, and way back then, I was one of the first CMs at my company to be using Twitter — I even remember giving a short list of “Twitter tips” for newbs!
I’m not one of those people who is obsessed with Twitter, though — I tend to get distracted by a lot of immediate, IRL things sometimes, but I have done a decent job over the last few years of staying relatively active. And I do enjoy popping onto Twitter and finding out about great links, things to read, and topics of conversation.
You can probably guess that as I entered grad school, new folks I would follow often had passions related to tech and communities. And as I progressed through the program at SI and found myself more drawn to libraries, I started following a lot of librarians as well as people who worked in libraries in other roles. So, following people working in libraries was already a cinch!
The next part of the exercise for class was to tweet or RT at least 5 times using the #si643 hashtag. That was easy, too — and fun. I found that the hashtag was a great way to find and follow my fellow students, as well as to get a feel for some of their interests via their tweets and replies. I am eager to hear what people have to say in class on Monday, particularly those folks who are new to the whole Twitter experience!