If anything since 2011 I have become an even heavier user of Twitter than I was then!
I still have two accounts and although some people follow both I use them for very different purposes. My first account is a protected account and mainly I use it for fun and for information in non-work related areas. This is usually the account I tweet from in the evening or at the weekend. This account is protected as it’s more personal so I want to chose who can see it. I don’t want companies following it and I am wary of work colleagues seeing it (not because I am talking about them, just because it’s my private life!).
I also tweet as @lmrlib from an open account; I consider this account to be my professional account and I generally only tweet from here during the working day. This is an open account as I do want people to read it, it’s part of my online brand. I follow librarians, legal publishers, law societies and anyone else that tweets information relevant to someone working as a librarian for a commercial law firm in the UK. The tweets I send from this account also follow this and I try hard to make sure anything I tweet from here reflects well on me professionally and also on the firm I work for. This is the account I will use if I join in #UKLibchat etc. I am quite excited to see that my account made the CPD23 list for special libraries!
To make using Twitter easier, especially managing more than one account, I have found various apps to be very useful. I use Tweetdeck on my laptop at home as it allows me to set up columns for each account and also for the lists I have created within each account. After a couple of incidents where I accidentally tweeted from the wrong account on my phone I set up a second app, one for each account to avoid any further incidents of inappropriate tweeting! I particularly like using twicca on my phone as it allows me to colour code people so I can really quickly check my twitter stream to see if they have tweeted recently. At work I am only accessing my professional account so I am quite happy just to use the web version, or of course to tweet a news story from the website I found it on which is a very quick way to share something.
As I said in my Thing 2 post I use Google Reader to follow RSS feeds, mainly I follow blogs. I do also have a couple of bookshop feeds set up as well so I don’t miss new editions of textbooks.
In 2011 I mentioned using RSS feeds to distribute information to the lawyers at work, this project has only really got started in the last few weeks. We will be using the Linex Smart Alerts product and I am at the stage of creating the alerts, RSS feeds are used to get the information into Smart Alerts and then out again onto our intranet. Using RSS feeds in this way should allow us to dramatically extend the coverage of our current awareness service by automating much of the process of finding and distributing the information.
I’m not sure if it’s down today or it’s the strict firewall at work but I can’t access this at the moment so I’ll try it at home this evening