Up to this point I have almost exclusively used social media for entertainment. I also discern which outlet to use by the purpose of my post or search. I use facebook to find or keep up with family, friends, classmates, and colleagues. I am careful to keep my photos and posts to my friend list. I will occasionally post pictures of family there and places I visit. Most of my posts are just for fun. I review my privacy settings from time to time to be certain that I am keeping my information as private as possible. I think about inactivating my account all of the time but the reason I have not yet is because of my distant family, as I mentioned in my last post.
I have been using twitter sporadically since 2009. The reason I began using twitter was that I thought it was really neat to interact with people from all over the world that I may not have “met” otherwise. Also, though I am not a big celebrity follower, I have tweeted to and received replies from an actor, a local newsman, and a rock star librarian. It was pretty cool to see that they had read what I wrote to them and received a response.
One thing I use twitter for regularly is to find out about traffic news and local crime. I do not have live TV. I can watch a live feed of my local news on my computer but when a traffic incident happens I am able to find it quickly on twitter vs waiting for the report from the newscast or in the paper online. I do not post pictures of my family on twitter or any specifics about where I live and work. I know I can have a private account on twitter but I want to interact with the world in that forum.
I use pinterest for dreaming……
- My head is in the clouds quite often, figuratively speaking.
I think of pinterest as a place to group my wants.
♥ Oooh, this is my dream house.
♥ Love that dress.
♥ I’m gonna make that craft…and totally cook up that Chicken Tikka Masala.
So, now that I have explained my use of social media, I need to address the title of this post. How can bookmarking and tagging benefit my schoolwork or career?
I could use both facebook and twitter to search for information by tags. As a student, I can look for information for an assignment. For example, if I am looking at library patron privacy issues I can search the hashtag #chooseprivacy or even combine hashtags to find more specific information about a particular group, such as students, by adding #SchoolLibraries. If I was working in the field I could search the same term or terms to find information to aid in advocacy. Maybe I will need ideas for the summer reading program? There’s a hastag for that too- #summereading. Hashtags are a convenient way to search for specific information.
Since I maintain my privacy as best I can on facebook I do not apply hashtags in any of my posts. I have used hashtags in twitter but not extensively. I will try to use hashtags more in the future to share any information I feel would educate or benefit others.
Pinterest is the only social media tool in which I have used bookmarking in social media. I could have used pinterest in the past for school projects like when I needed to gather information for many different cases and milestones in intellectual freedom. Then, I would have had everything organized in a central location. It just never occurred to me because, at least for now, my pinterest is for fun. As a librarian, I could use pinterest to make several different boards dedicated to different tasks. If working in the public library this could include storytime, bulletin board, or craft plans and other programming ideas.
I am intrigued by some social media bookmarking tools such as pearltrees where I could clip multiple things of interest like web pages, documents, photos, and more and organize them centrally. I have signed up for an account and will be exploring there shortly. Perhaps a future blog post?
I have more to learn about tagging and bookmarking and how it can help me in my schoolwork and career. I am off to listen to some modules for class to do just that!