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Wow, what a chat

17 May

Last night the hour flew by as a group of us gathered and chatted about libraries, avatars and personal vs professional accounts.

Wondering what we talked about? or want to go back and re-read the tweets at a less frantic pace?. Note: We stopped recording at 8:20pm (AEST).

Due to the length of this post we have moved it to its own page.

The Grabchat Chat #anz23mthings Twitter Chat 1 Archive.

Weekly Wrap-Up Post: Week 1

12 May

Joy by Alan Cleaver via CC license on Flickr

Wow, what a week.

We have had a fantastic time this week learning and swapping stories about twitter, We now have (at the time of writing) 408 followers of the @anz23mthings account.  Thank you everyone who joined us for the Google Hangout during the week.  Sorry about the technical difficulties, these things happen no matter how many times we rehearse.

So lets see what we talked about.  Don’t forget to look at our facebook page for more comments, and just because this week is over, don’t forget to keep tweeting.  PS: to make sure your tweet is captured please use the hashtag #anz23mthings.


Twitter Tips:

klfair So my Twitter tip for the newcomers: Go checkout The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter

lgreenpd Twitter tip – time zones matter. Follow US and UK tweeps and catch up in the morning or engage in chat in the twilight.

BooksCatsTea Build a personal learning network is my advice, follow librarians/bloggers/colleagues/tech blog accts & interests.

lewisr3 when at conferences etc it’s nice to have a real photo as yr profile pic, and add yr twitter name to yr nametag then people can recognise you irl (in real life) 

KiwiLibrarian  My best tip? Learn to switch off when you need to. Tweeting 24/7 not recommended!

anz23mthings  Twitter is a conversation 1. Start by sending a tweet 2. Find an interesting tweet and respond to it 3. Repeat!

c_hocking Join a conversation you’re passionate about – for me it was ABC #Classic100 – that helped me ‘get’ Twitter 🙂

Anita_M_Brown Why did I join Twitter? There was a world of conversations that I was not part of! 

flexnib RT @ValaAfshar: When asked ‘why Twitter?’, consider answering: smart & kind people here & they’re willing to teach & be taught

janholmquist I use lists for must read tweets. Favorite important ones. I save articles to read later with “Pocket”<- thing 9

bonitoclub Twitter is like being at a big party, eavesdrop a bit and strike up some conversations
warrencheetham: Yet another reason why I love Twitter:


More  Resources:

myleejoseph For extra resources, check out the #23mobilethings Pinterest board for Twitter:

flexnib Good advice for new Twitter users- avoid these mistakes:

myleejoseph Some tips for using lists in Twitter

flexnib Twitter and the death of distance

@myleejoseph: Australian mobile lifestyle index 2012

@julielindsay: Teachers – The 10 Stages of Twitter

janholmquist Useful: Top 50 Twitter Acronyms, Abbreviations & Initialisms

flexnib: 7 Great Tips On How To Twitter — 


Participants blogs:















–Did we miss your blog post? Let us know in the comments, or make sure you add the #anz23mthings hashtag.


A Final Great Idea:

luvviealex  so, just wondering, is there an A-Z of Library/ian twitter hashtags as per or can we create 1?

We were not sure, so we have started a public google doc; if you know of a hashtag- please add it 🙂

#Anz23mthings Google+ hangout recording

9 May

Hi everyone,

Thanks to all who could make the live-streaming of the Google+ hangout last night. It was fantastic to have you listening in and tweeting your comments 🙂 For those of you who missed it, don’t fear! We have the recording of hangout right here for you to watch!

The participants are:

  • Kate Freedman (ALIA NGAC) who asked all the questions 🙂
  • Jan Holmquist (created 23 Mobile Things in Danish in 2012)
  • Mylee Joseph (working with Jan & Kathryn on creating English version of 23 Mobile Things)
  • Kathryn Barwick (working with Jan & Mylee on creating English version of 23 Mobile Things)
  • Abigail Willemse (had issues connecting so just listened in this time)

We had a few tech issues with no video for Kathryn and Mylee. Abigail had issues joining the hangout so monitored the Twitter feed instead and hopes to join in with the next hangout in June.

We hope you enjoy the video and if you have any further questions for any of the team, just leave a comment or tweet your question using #anz23mthings.

Join us for live-stream video of Google+ hangout with #23MobileThings Creators!

7 May

Kate and I would like to invite all you ANZ 23 Mobile Things peeps to our Google+ hangout with Jan Holmquist, Mylee Joseph, and Kathryn Barwick tomorrow!

What time?

The hangout will be taking place TOMORROW on Wednesday, May 8th from 8PM (NZ) & 6PM (AEST). If you can’t make it, there will also be a recording available on our Youtube page after the event.

What’s a hangout?

A Google+ hangout is a video chat (with a maximum of 10 people). Kate, Jan, Mylee, Kathryn and myself will be in the hangout room talking and we will stream it live onto our Youtube page.

What’s it all about?

Jan, Mylee and Kathryn will be telling us a little bit more about the creation of the 23 Mobile Things and their involvement as well as sharing some tips about the best way to make the most of the course. You can read a bit more about the 23 Mobile Things Team here in their introduction.

There will also be an interactive Q and A session at the end; where you can tweet us your questions using #anz23mthings & #hangout hashtags and we will answer them live! This is the moment to ask all your burning questions like “Why is Angry Bird one of the 23 Mobile Things???” and get answers live.

How can I take part?

Just check out our Youtube channel home page at 8PM (NZ) or 6PM (AEST) to watch our hangout as we broadcast live!

Click here to watch the live stream of the Google+ Hangout


Week 1: Twitter

6 May

Welcome to the 1st mobile thing: Twitter.Twitter

As a long time twitter user, I was under the impression that I knew it all.  All about how to use hashtags, search, messages and more.

I was wrong.  I found various things I didn’t know and am encouraged that it is a great sign for how much more I am going to learn over the next 23 weeks.

Many of you will be using Twitter for the first time, welcome.  We would love it if you would follow us on @anz23mthings and use the hashtag #anz23mthings on your posts.

So let’s talk about twitter.


What is Twitter?
Twitter is a real-time information network sharing short messages called “tweets” that are just 140 characters long.  Twitter is a social network which allows people to choose which accounts they will follow and what information they wish to share with the people that follow them.   A lot of organisations, including libraries, also use Twitter.  Some examples include the National Library Australia, Auckland Libraries,  State Library of Victoria and Massey University Library.

For an introductory video please have a look at this video from Commoncraft, or check out this visual guide to Twitter.

A lot of individuals also use Twitter, including astronauts, celebrities (eg. @wilw,@algore), authors (@maureenjohnson@anitaheiss), sports peopleroyalty  and parody accounts.   There are also verified accounts as it is easy to imitate a person on Twitter (see the many accounts posing as Aung San Suu Kyi for example).  If you’re still not convinced that Twitter is for you, Ned Potter addresses some of the concerns people may have about Twitter in “7 reasons people don’t use twitter, and why ‘It’s a conversation’ is the answer to all of them“.

What is a hashtag and how does it work?
One of the features of Twitter is the use of hashtags.  They act as hyperlinks connecting conversations.  The use of hashtags to link conversations together has also carried over into other social networking tools like Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and Tumblr.  Hashtags are particularly useful for regular conversations such as ours #anz23mthings, natural disasters#eqnz,  sporting events and teams #cricket, events #ifla #tedx and conferences#sxsw.

What is Twitter etiquette?
Just like any community, there are accepted ways of communicating and behaving.  Here is a guide to Twitter etiquette.

How can library workers use it for professional development?

  • following conferences and seminars eg. #LIANZA
  • building a personal learning network (PLN)
  • keeping up with trends and industry news #npsig  #mtogo
  • sharing links to research and reports (eg Pew Internet)


What can I do to become a confident twitter user?

Go to the explore section on the 23 Mobile Things blog, they have a great list on what to do, starting with create your own account!!!!

Here are my 3 most important things to do once you have set up an account.

  1. Change your profile picture from the egg into one unique to you.  As someone said to me, ‘eggs are great to eat but not to look at on twitter’.
  2. Put something in your profile: having it blank makes it harder for people to know if you are real, and what your interests are.  For now, just putting in Librarian, or Library Student will be enough.
  3. If you are going to lock your account (keep it private), make sure you remember to check your followers regularly and follow people (like us) back.  Also private tweets do not show up in twitter captures or at conferences even if you use the hashtag so you what you say will not appear in any of our wrap up posts.  You can always lock and unlock your account, but if you do that, anything that is posted while the account is public, will stay that way.

But how do I do this successfully?

Here are some tips from long time twitter users on this very point:

  • Joining is 1st hurdle. Find interesting ppl to follow. Then leap into convos!
  • Don’t give up! Check regularly. Follow real people.
  • Don’t be an egg, butt in to discussions ppl don’t mind, be yourself.
  • too many celebs and brands/companies = boring timeline
  • My personal Twitter rule: Don’t tweet anything I don’t want my boss or mum to read..
  • follow people you know. follow people they follow. follow peeps who follow you. repeat
  • Check who other people are following. Don’t be afraid to block spam accounts
  • Don’t feel obliged to follow everyone that follows you

What is your advice?  Tweet it out with both the hashtags #anz23mthings and #thing1


We are having a google + hangout on Wednesday 8th May with Mylee, Kathryn and Jan at 8PM (NZ time) and 6PM (Australian Eastern Time).  Think of a question and put it in a tweet.  Don’t forget to use the #anz23mthings hashtag.

Have a think about how you or your library can use twitter to build up a community?  Interact with other Librarians or patrons?  

Developing a strategy for using social media to promote your library services or a major event like a conference requires planning and coordination (eg. Social media and ALIA Biennial)  How can you use it to promote an event at your library. like storytime or a workshop for undergraduates?

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