I have previously downloaded podcasts from Itunes and so I’m pretty familiar with that method of content delivery, but Twitter was new to me. I signed up yesterday (June 22) and added a few celebs, etc. to my “following” list. It was all very easy and straightforward and I can see that they both offer some limited utility to libraries.
Podcasts are great content delivery mechanisms as they allow the recipient to enjoy them on their own terms. I like them. Twitter, I’m not so sure about.
Twitter is perhaps the best example of a phenomenon which requires decrying: the trivialization of information. When ALL information is deemed worthy of publication, it demeans it generally. Why does it matter that Friend A in Edmonton is having a coffee right now? Or that Friend B in New Brunswick is reading a book? Isn’t this the ultimate in vanity and voyeurism? It’s excessive. The other problem with all “social networking” generated content is that it returns us to a state where scholarship, knowledge, expertise, credentials, etc. etc. (all of which are the very reason for a university’s existence) are no longer important.
However, while finding Twitter trivial and ultimately quite silly, I can see that it could be put to good use as a device for notifying people about things related to one’s library or their accounts, etc. so it’s not a total waste.
In the end, even though I’ve condemned it I will, in all likelihood, use it and come to like it. Sigh.