Friday, December 20, 2013

The kindness of King County Library System

King County Library Service twitter discussion
I came across a mention of a new app from King County Library System.  It is an app which records how much you read - as a motivation.

When I first checked it out, it was only available for people in the USA, but still the library staff were very kind in their comments to be via twitter.

The app is now available for people all around the world to use, and it is lovely.


Added 21 December 2013 To show how lovely they are - they sent this tweet

Thursday, December 19, 2013

HerdyShepherd on twitter

I came across the HerdyShepherd account on twitter from reading an article in The Atlantic (article here) thanks to it coming through my reading on Zite.

Since then I have been following HerdyShepherd  on twitter.   Recently one of the tweets from the account looked for some indicative numbers on who actually looks at the tweets.
This account has over 19 000 followers.  In all likelyhood each person will not see each tweet.  I realise this is broadly indicative data, but I still thought it was an interesting method to use.  Looking at the statistics on the photograph, almost 70 retweets and almost 2000 favourites, it looks like a decent percentage of followers see each tweet, or at least see a percentage of tweets.  I liked the way this broad indicative data was used.

Connect with publishers online

Book promotion by ellen forsyth
Book promotion, a photo by ellen forsyth on Flickr.
This was a recent promotion at Wynyard Station for the new Ian Rankin title. The publisher was making it easy to connect with them on twitter and facebook. I know this is hard to see in the photograph, but on the billboard size poster in the station it was easy to read. Does your library make it easy to connect on social media?

I liked this promotion because it is an offline promotion about something online. I may not have thought to check the publisher out online. It would have been nice to have been told about Ian Rankin being on twitter, but I am already following him.

If you have not read this book, it is an entertaining read.

Hashtag - make it easy to share

Hashtag by ellen forsyth
Hashtag, a photo by ellen forsyth on Flickr.

I like the way it is made easy to share online about the pre-Christmas markets at the Rocks. They are encouraging people to connect online with the discussion. I like this.