Twitter is for twits. Marianne’s Australian-born, overseas-based first cousin, on a visit to Croatia, in June 2012, when asked whether he was on Twitter.
OK, probably should not have used that quote – but, wanted to use a real-life example (instead of taking pretentious quotes, of Internet). Subjectively, I might agree. HOWEVER, as this is an objective exercise, one should behave, and aim to state some facts – well as the world might view them.
Whereas Facebook, and WordPess (and the like), are able to provide quite in-depth, and informed information – covering all bases, of writers’ intententions – the benefits of micro-blogging, in the form of Twitter, are obvious; in that the information dispersed through micro-blogging cuts (more, or less), to the chase, getting to the point much more directly, than long-winded dissertations. Therefore, in an often (cliched) ‘time-poor’ world, the small bits of relevant, and importantly specific information that Libraries are able to convey, via a short burst of 140, or so characters, aims right at the heart of the matter, that perusers of Twitter want.
As has been mentioned in our Use of Social Media class discussions, there is often, an admittedly wrong misconception, that Twitter is primarily utilised by self-aggrandising celebrities, or other highly prominent people – whether it be politicians, or even retailers, aiming to spruik their policies, or products. However, possibly even more so than Facebook, Twitter allows ordinary users to very easily connect with, and communicate with not only like-minded others – but also, to raise debates, and get into healthy disagreements with opposing opinions. Pesonally, the writer views this as also educational – because, at the end of the day, we can learn from one another in this way (while definitely not having to agree).
Finally, just as platforms like Twitter especially, can galvanise ordinary unknown people around the world, to communally gather, with mutual, and agreeable intentions, and aim to overthrow their paralysingly corrpupt Governments (as was prominently evident, in say Egypt’s Tahrir Square, in Cairo, back in 2011); then how can it not also bond locally-based, and community-based Library patrons, by enabling us to completely share our opinions, affirmations, or concerns in an free, and open forum – where we can all have a voice. At the end of the day, that is the major plus of Twitter – which completely negates any downsides there might be: i.e. because more than ever before in history, we can all have our 140 characters of fame… and keep it going, and going… as long as freedom of speech lasts. And a free, and open Library atmosphere, whether in-person, or through cyberspace, is a totally healthy, and progressive thing… which can only increase the approachability of Libraries, in the viewpoint of their visitors – even if starting from a small posting on Twitter, to physically coming in, and forming life-long patronage.