Twitter: the nth wave

I joined Twitter quite a few years ago and over time my use of it has developed, until we now have a settled relationship, where I use it almost exclusively as a professional development and support tool.

Which means I look to other librarians for interesting information, new ideas and to support and find support from others in the profession.

But for most of my colleagues, Twitter has been a waste of time, due to the bad PR it has received in the media, which has focused mainly on how many followers any given celebrity has.  They could not see that Twitter could have any value and the fact that I was on it and had been for some time was probably attributed more to my interest in the technology, than any value I might have been getting from it.

However, in the past few days, I have had two colleagues reconsider that line of thought. One had tried Twitter before and given up on it. But after hearing from a respected Melbourne library speaker, decided to give it another go. She has been more careful about who she chooses to follow and is finding her way slowly. But she is already finding value and will persist.

The other colleague is also seeing its value as a professional tool, so hopefully we will see her on Twitter soon.

And that’s where I think this nth (2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc – whichever it may be) wave of Twitter may come from. People who have a sincere interest in professional development are beginning to recognise what a wonderful tool it can be to aid them in that endeavour. What we may find is that at least initially, they will be followers, rather than participants (which raises all sorts of interesting scenarios, lol), which is very much the blogging model we have seen, where few blog, some more comment and many just read.

The next wave, might well then be those who finally realise the importance of personal professional development and look for something to help them with that process.

Where do you fit in my supposed waves? Are you finding the same situation amongst your colleagues, or is this just a localised phenomena.