This follows on from my microblogging post earlier in the month. I thought I would give Tumblr a whirl.
Tumblr’s motto is “The easiest way to blog”
You can post photos, quotes, text, video, chats, audio and links.
Well that might be so but I still had to take the beginners course offered by Mashable.

*Thanks Mashable

Like other microbloggs and Facebook you can “follow” other users and “like” and “reblog”.
There is a common page called a ‘Dashboard’. A bit like in the car. You can see all the posts from the blogs you follow here
You can integrate your other sites such as Twitter and Facebook via RSS feeds on the ‘customize’ page.
I haven’t mastered (or even attempted) RSS feeds yet. That momentous occasion and post is yet to come.

There is a whole range of etiquette features that you should get your head around before diving straight in. There is no rule book but if you make one of these Tumblr faux pas you will invite the wrath of 108.6 million bloggers that are currently using it.
Mashable has them all written out here for you

The use of “tw” (that’s Trigger Warning for the uninitiated like me) is added to a post that may have sensitive issues that may trigger unpleasant reactions or memories in others.
I kind of got the impression that that was one of the important ones.
What about “NSFW” (Not Safe For Work)This one is also handy if you are sneaking a look at Tumblr whilst at work. Could save some embarrassing moments.
Don’t even get me started on “spoilers”. This is for all the people that follow TV show blogs and want a heads up if the plot is going to be revealed. Lord help you if you post something revealing and didn’t offer a “spoiler alert”.
Don’t worry there is even a Tumblr blog where you can follow all the etiquette tips/rants.

Oh and FYI………. reposting is bad, reblogging is good.

Erickson, C. (2012). The beginner’s guide to Tumblr. Mashable. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://mashable.com/2012/06/03/the-beginners-guide-to-tumblr/
Roncero-Menendez, S. (2013). The complete guide to Tumblr etiquette. Mashable. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://mashable.com/2013/11/16/tumblr-etiquette-guide/#!
Tumblr Etiquette. (2014). Tumblr. Retrieved from http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/tumblr-etiquette


Micro blogging


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