Ok, so Twitter. I must start by saying that I was so disinterested in signing up for this site, I could scream. But as I said in my previous post, I made a pact with myself to be active in engaging with these sites, and I am a woman of my word. Signing up for this site was super easy; I really liked how it walked me through the process of finding an individual name for my profile. I was a bit frustrated that I could not just have my name, “Jaiden Williams”—but at the same time this is something that kind of annoys me about Facebook. That being the number of Jaiden Williams that appear when someone searches for me. After I decided on a name that suited me (and wasn’t taken already) “JaidenTheGreat” was born.
Then the aggravating part of creating my profile started… deciding whom to follow. Ugg, this was difficult for me. I am honestly not interested in celebrities or athletes. I don’t care what people like Lindsey Lohan have to say, so this was a problem for me, because these were the first people suggested. I decided to take a strategy of following people that fall in one of three categories: friends, family, and those who can be strong professional connections. I am not saying that I am opposed to having anyone of celebrity status, but I really want to learn how to utilize this site as a professional networking tool.
A great aspect of this tool (that was also present on LinkedIn) was the ability to sync contacts from my Gmail account as people I could follow. When I initially thought of whom I wanted to follow professionally I was a bit lost. So the ability to see whose email address was associated with Twitter was a great way for me to select people based on what type of relationship I have with them. After I added the people I knew, I wanted to add organizations that I am interested in working for. I figured this would be a good way to be involved with the organization. My dream job (and goal) is to work for the Children’s department of Chronicle Books perhaps in editorial department. I searched for them in Twitter, and was so excited to see that Chronicle Books has a Twitter account under “Chronicle Books Jobs.” I was so happy! There are amazing opportunities posted here. And I even tweeted to Chronicle Books asking how a library science student could land a job with them. I am very excited and hopeful to hear back from them.
Deciding what my first tweet would be was a bit of a challenge too. I want to project a really great image of myself, because it seems that tools like this have the potential to open many doors. I decided on this, “I am a library science student, living in the city and trying to make it.” I felt really good about my first tweet, especially since it reflects my desire to be involved in achieving my professional goals. I can see so many uses for this tool in respects to libraries and information institutions, as it allows them to shout out information in a condensed form. When I reviewed SFPL for our evaluation assignment, I was impressed with how much information about the library could be absorbed in posts of 140 words or less.
I created my profile this morning, and am currently following 16 people. Unfortunately only 1 person has decided to follow me. And it is someone that I do not know. But that’s ok. I feel confident that if I keep up with the site, good things can happen! So please guys, feel free to find me on Twitter, and follow me on my journey. Also, if anyone knows anyone at Chronicle Books, please let me know!