There are some fantastic microblogs, other than Twitter, available that I didn’t know even existed. The irony of talking about the benefits of micro blogging on a regular blog is not lost on me. Recently I learnt about the value of micro blogging in businesses.
Being able to communicate, share and collaborate whilst on the go makes it so much more versatile than email. Some examples of types of microblogs can be found here by Kristin Burnham (2009)
It provides an opportunity for staff to communicate and stay connected in time poor environments. The advantages over email include the ability to time track, archive links, bookmark favourite posts, user and performance profiles, search capabilities and tagging (folksomony).
Here are some ideas from Catherine Grenfell (2011) to help staff connect.
How can libraries use this idea? How does it enhance the libraries’ service? How does this format actually work? I think it can be used for teams such as Youth teams to communicate about upcoming events and holiday programs. For all staff it can be used as a quick way to communicate any daily changes to staffing, schedules and updates with clients. It also facilitates immediate responses from staff.
Read here how other businesses are using microblogging instead of email.
Burnham, K. (2009a). 12 Microblogging tools to consider. CIO. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://www.cio.com.au/article/328255/12_microblogging_tools_consider/
Burnham, K. (2009b). Twitter alternatives that are all business. CIO. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://www.cio.com/article/509425/Twitter_Alternatives_That_Are_All_Business
Grenfell, C. (2011). Deploying microbogging in organisations. Step two designs. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://www.steptwo.com.au/papers/kmc_microblogging/index.html