So, just a few questions today. Do you use social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook? And if so, what's your experience with them? Do you like them? Are these all pretty general or are there book-related sites (like blogs)?
I ask because yesterday at work we had an all-staff meeting and someone from the university's public relations office came to talk and let us know how we could get the word out about the library to the rest of the campus and the larger community. Twitter and Facebook in particular came up. Apparently this is how our students are communicating these days.
I hate to admit I'm behind the times. I don't even own a cellphone let alone take advantage of any social networking sites (other than blogging--does that count?). The thing is I'm not really drawn to using sites like Twitter, but then I've never tried it. Do you ever feel like you are too connected? I often want to step back and turn it all off for a while. I just want peace and quiet and calm. Technology can be great, but it can also be overwhelming sometimes. As it is I can barely keep up with daily blogging. I'm continuously behind in reading other blogs (well, I skim daily via Google Reader and then save posts to comment on later), and I'm pretty hopeless at keeping up with email (though I check it all the time).
A tiny part of me is curious and wants to know what it's all about. Our librarians are encouraged to keep up with all the technology as this is where our students seem to be spending time online. At the moment I'm just contemplating things and wondering what the advantages might be for me, and if I could possibly keep up even if I wanted to.
As always comments welcome!