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Hey, your LibGuides are in my Twitter!

September 17th, 2008

The latest nifty feature from SpringShare, the creators of LibGuides, is the Post to Twitter feature. When a guide is ready to be published, a user can click on the Post to Twitter button and send a notification via the Twitter API. If your library uses LibGuides and uses Twitter to announce new features, give this a try. It even shortens the URL to make sure that it will fit into Twitter’s 140-character limit.

Want to send a tweet about a guide that is already published? Change the status to Private, then change it back to Published, and the Post to Twitter button will appear.

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  1. September 19th, 2008 at 09:11 | #1

    Hey, thanks, Roy! Great post.

  2. September 18th, 2008 at 22:56 | #2

    Thanks for the post Cindi, which I took the opportunity to riff off of at http://www.libraryjournal.com/blog/1090000309/post/980033498.html .

  3. September 18th, 2008 at 16:32 | #3

    I like the idea about posting the link to Twitter via the “guide functions” menu; that would be a pretty easy thing to add to the system. I will mention that to Slaven, and then spend some time looking at Ping.fm as well. I havent used their service before, but I will check it out.

    Regarding RSS, we are definitely going that route but the big concern is how to implement feeds without killing our primary servers. We may need to setup secondary servers to handle this so that the RSS load doesnt affect the main LibGuides pages. This is on the (ever expanding) list!


  4. September 17th, 2008 at 17:43 | #4

    It would be useful to be able to post something like “updated LibGuide ‘Geology’ http://tinyurl.com/3636re” to distinguish between updating and existing guide and publishing a new one. Maybe an item in the “Guide Functions” menu: “Post to Twitter”?

    Hm, what about the ability to post to Ping.fm, which then in turn posts to many services? My ping.fm posts to Friendfeed, identi.ca, a twitter account, and my Facebook status. Maybe even Pownce and Jaiku.

    Still would really like an RSS feed of all changes… :) Even if it’s only at the guide level (rather than *this* box was added or *this* page was added).

  5. September 17th, 2008 at 15:59 | #5

    We are eager to add more LibGuides/Twitter integration points, so if you (or your readers) have any suggestions about other “alerts” we could Tweet from within LibGuides, please let me know!

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