After quitting Facebook last year, I had some withdrawal from the constant updates on events and people. So, I decided to join Twitter. I am not much of a tweet-er, I am on Twitter to get updates on things that are happening. I continue my online lurking in the Twitter arena. I am not the most tech-savvy person, but I am also not a complete Luddite. I comfortably straddle that line. With this in mind, I haven’t really explored the tweeting side of Twitter. So, when this assignment came up of re-tweeting five things with a new hash tag of #si643, I came across some difficulties.
First, I didn’t realize that when I set up the account I made it private so that no one could see my tweets ( as few as they were). So, when I searched for my #si643 tags this afternoon and they didn’t come up, I was baffled. Not until someone mentioned that I might have a locked account, did I actually notice the little icon of a lock next to my name. Many password attempts later and I was on my way to completing this assignment.
The other issue that I had with RT was how to actually accomplish this while adding your own hash tags. It took me awhile (and a few RT that didn’t ‘count’ toward the assignment) before I realized that copying and pasting was an acceptable way to do this.
My whole point with focusing on these little tech issues is that I think that we sometimes forget how complex a lot of the SNS are for people. After using them for so long, it becomes second nature to most, but this is a learned behavior, something that you had to grow accustom to. I probably would have figured out that my account was locked (although it may not have been for awhile), but this assignment really pushed me to aquaint myself with Twitter in a way that I just wasn’t doing on my own.
As for the librarians to follow, I was doing that all along. I am interested in the world, so I did that when I joined. Although I am not so interested in the singular person accounts. I like to follow institutional or organizational accounts like In the Library with a Lead Pipe, TeenLibraryToolbox and Library as Incubator. I think that is because they give multiple perspectives while also reporting on events happening in the field.