Thursday, 21 July 2011

Current awareness - Twitter, RSS and Pushnote

First, Twitter

Will whisk through this one as I already use it for both library/professional information sharing and more personal interest (back to chickens, wildlife, etc.....)

Note the huge Twitter birdie. Not me being clever - more not being able to work out how to shrink it to size!

I find Twitter very good for picking up what other people have found useful, sharing these by ReTweeting, and passing on information myself. Took me a long while to work out you can create lists and not be totally snowed under with information, checking only what areas (which Tweets or fellow Twits) you want to check at any one time.

The recommended lists of groups to follow is handy so am now following some most relevant to me in my library work.

Next RSS feeds....

Again am already using Google Reader but find I have little spare time to check it properly - being in a half-time post does not help! I have now added the feeds to blogs suggested by cpd23 things.

Now for little Pushnote....

I have no idea why the Pushnote icon is teenzie-weenzie when the others are big!

Have now signed up for this but will have to do some work on it to decide how good it it. This will have to wait until another day I fear, though certainly looks a good idea.

Considering Personal Brand

Well, ain't I common! I am not one of the many male Lindsay Greens; nor am I the woman who is a Performance Improvement Manager; nor any of the other women (including those who spell their name 'Lindsey'). In fact I had some difficulty in finding me! Eventually I found a photo which used to be on my Twitter profile, this being of me with a chicken on my shoulder (as you do..). Unfortunately this photo (and the chicken who is now in the free-range field in the sky) are no longer around. Interesting that though removed it is still retrievable by anyone who is sad enough to look for it - beware all of you who believe you can delete something from the internet - looks like it is there forever! So Phoenix chicken, you have your own little bit of immortality!

(photo, Phoenix chicken, taken 2008 by Lindsay Green)

Yep, this shows what Phoenix thinks of that!!!

Eventually I found my profile on LinkedIn, which, to be honest, has very little on it and should be expanded. This is one which I take much more seriously than most of the other ones I have (Facebook, Flickr, Twitter etc). Although I am a pretty private individual (definitely much more private than pretty....) there is nothing I object to people finding; anything embarrassing would likely have been posted by my dysfunctional extended family (so there is a Facebook account which I keep personal and private, privacy levels akin to those in the vaults of the Royal Bank of Scotland.......) Probably I should be looking more carefully at what information I have on all the profiles. My privacy paranoia means few can find much about me other than that I keep chickens and am a veggie-type person. Really useful information of course....

Anyhow, this has made me think of my personal brand, something I had not really considered in the past, and will try to do better in future! Thanks folks!