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Twitter vs. Plurk – a brief reflection

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Well I cross posted this from my hobby blog, since I want to be able to target different audiences with this reflection.

plurk_stamp_by_sircrocodilevs. twitter_by_cyantre

These stamp images are courtesy of SirCrocodile and Quarksbar on Deviant Art.

Just as the title said, I am procrastinating on the studying that is needed to be down for my XML class, and my book reviewer life.. but I was reading this from Hynavian‘s blog, and it kinda inspired me to write a little on this topic.

Now as a reflection angle.

I really like twitter though, and I can say that the people I follow, or who are following me… can fall into two categories – one are anime fans like I am – Gia, Omo, Hinano, JP, Jlist, and another group are fellow librarians, Jill Ken, kgs, Bill, Rebecca …. so as a professional angle… I try to strive forth….I earnestly believe that blogging is paving the way for computer social connections…after all my MLS project was a survey on librarians who blog.

My criteria for friending on Twitter is quite broad, and as long as I can connect with you, then I’ll follow you back. I am trying to use Twitter, as a social tool as well…I twitter a lot.. well not as much as other Twitters I read, but I am getting there… currently 929 updates…

Because there are so many competitions out there, trying to conquer the micro blogging space (FaceBook vs. MySpace, PC vs. Apple… you get the picture…!) I realize that there is another social micro blogging networking that is out there… Plurk, and this is another seemingly cool social networking.. thingy. I have actually signed up with Plurk as well, so each their social niche.. so far I am testing the waters of Plurk, so who knows.. I squatted down on Plurk, so that my normal user name, will not be taken.. animemiz or anime_miz… hmm.. still…. I believe that twitter has a lead over Plurk, but as time will go on, and see how easy Plurk can do it for me… perhaps I will also adjust to using Plurk as as well as Twitter… so don’t hesitate and jump onto the micro blogging like I did. By no means am I abandoning my blogs, it just seem easier to connect and give quick thoughts on Twitter… (although there are moments when I stick my foot in my mouth far too often… but this is something I am trying to work upon…)

Here are actually additional links for reading up on the debate on Plurk vs. Twitter..

Plurk Unique or Another Twitter Clone?

How Twitter Made My Website Better


Written by Linda

December 13, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Posted in Technology, Trends/News

ACRL NY’s Publish or Perish Presentation

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I was able to attend an informal presentation on the Publish or Perishing ideal for librarians at the Brooklyn campus’s Long Island University. It was a short trip for me to go to the LIU, so I was surprised when I found out that it was for free to library students. I quickly rsvp for it and I spent three hours listening to about four different presentations, made by some cool librarians.

These are some things that I learned today… so a nutshell and recap…

  • Fiction writing can be considered as a venue of publishing.
  • The area of written research of librarians who write outside of the LIS field is heavily under researched.
  • Starting small is actually not such a bad idea.
  • That there is a Meet up group for NY Librarians.
  • Posters board presentations can lead to articles.
  • Jayne Ann Krentz might have a librarian background…. or at least she is sensitive to the ideas of librarianship.

Publishing is a life’s goal of mine, so I am sure that I will see these librarians again… now I need to roll up my sleeves and take more of a proactive approach to writing for the NRMT VOICE!

For more information, and as a plug, here’s a link to their wordpress.. There are handouts, and presentation links there, because as an effort to be green.. no paper was distributed at the presentation.

Written by Linda

December 12, 2008 at 11:33 pm

Posted in Events/Conferences

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