Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Thing #4 for CPD23

I know I am ahead but I am redoing a lot of these so I am trying to get ahead as I will be missing ones later on due to holidays and other events, I am revisiting Thing #4 and have found it very interesting.

Twitter was a new and scary thing for me, I had made and lost an account before so wasn't sure I wanted to commit to joining Twitter, also on the back of my brand thoughts I wasn't sure I wanted to be me! which was an odder thought. I joined twitter as @bibliosuk which is an odd email name made from biblios and UK some people knew it but I had set it up as an alias years ago so shows the sender as Severus Snape! I have grown fond of this email and now use it for most things personal and as my twitter world is me, both professional and silly I chose it as my name. I have now been tweeting for a year just about, and have tweeted just shy of 2000 tweets, I hope most of them make some sense!
Through twitter I have found new friends and got back in regular touch with old ones but the use I have found best for it is the CPD possibilities, I now know what is new in my world, who is cutting edge and can keep up with trends and ideas, I now bring things to my colleagues that they havent seen yet and can talk with confidence on new ideas in libraries! Nothing can make that any less important, I feel like a valuable librarian again! Thanks you CPD23 and thank you twitter!

RSS had me stumped for months, I did as asked and followed some nice new blogs and didn't see how this cumbersome clunky system could be so good! I stuck with it and suddenly realised I could draw them into one screen, and even just see new ones! I could streamline it with home feeds and suddenly it made sense. The way you use it is up to you! (I know its not the life altering but it made so much better sense.) I now check my feeds every day or so, from home or work (in my break of course) and find it is fun an easy, but you do need to keep at it.

Storify looks fab, much more fun than pushnote though not as relevant possibly but as with push note when I try to use it I get the 'you do not have the right browser' comment and I cant change work's machine and need home to mirror it to keep all my work easily transferable. I am having fun in Pinterest though and have set up folders for loads of things including the new build that is happening, I doubt I shall get much input but I can dream and that is what pinterest allows you to do!

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