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This is the Thing I’ve been dreading writing a post on, and I couldn’t even think of an interesting title for it!

Cam23 has shown me that marketing using social media can be pretty powerful. Social networking has becoming increasingly popular, for many people checking sites like Twitter and Facebook has become part of their everyday routine. Social Networking sites allow libraries to form a link with readers, as well as inform them.

I think out of the tools we have looked at during Cam23, Facebook is would be the most successful platform for marketing (alongside the Library’s Official web page). I think one of Facebooks greatest strengths is how flexible the content can be. It can be used to store basic information such as opening hours, but also to post pictures of displays, new book titles, videos and other content that may not appear on the main library web page.  Updates can be made quickly, making it a good way to announce news and events. Blogs and Twitter are also a great way of making announcements. I don’t think it’s necessary for every library to have all of these things though as they all take time to set up and maintain. Although it’s important to keep sites like Facebook and Twitter up to date  with interesting content to gain the most from them, it shouldn’t become to time consuming.

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Reflections for the day, by Seattle Miles @ Flickr

Reflections for the day, by Seattle Miles @ Flickr

So Thing 13 is here, and it’s time to reflect! Whilst I’m still struggling a bit with blogging, I’m enjoying what Cam23 has offered so far. I’ve learned a lot more about web 2.0 from a work/library perspective. Although I was familiar with some of the tools already, it hadn’t really occurred to me to use them in relation to libraries. Some of them have been a big hit! I’ve continued to use RSS feeds and Google Reader. At first I used them just to keep track of other Cam23 bloggers, but now I have all of the blogs I like to read on there. I’d definitely recommend them to a friend/colleague.  I’ve also started to take a bit more care tagging things, both on Flickr and on this blog. I haven’t used Doodle since writing about it, but I would if I needed to schedule a meeting. I haven’t been using iGoogle that much, as I find it a bit distracting!

I’m looking forward to the second half of Cam23 and the next set of things! I feel that I have become more confident in using these tools, and I hope that I can continue to improve!

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I’m incredibly impressed by all the Cam23 blogs so far!  Since the blog roll has become so vast,  I’ve used Girl in the Moon’s shared feed to add all of the blogs to Google Reader. I only have 300 posts left to view until I’m caught up ;D

I chose WordPress to create my blog, as I have used Blogger previously and wanted to try something new (well that and I was wooed by the pretty layouts).

Overall, it’s been going pretty well.  As a site, I find WordPress to be well presented and easy to navigate. Writing blog entries is simple as you can either use a visual editor (lets you easily add pictures, format text and add links) or an HTML editor (if you feel brave and want to fiddle about with code). I’m lazy, so I write mine in the visual one. The site saves in progress posts automatically, which is really useful. It also has an option to schedule a post for a specific time. I’m trying it out with this entry, so If you can read this, it’s worked!

I’ve found reading peoples Cam23 blogs really interesting. Not only is it great to see whether people like the tools or not, I like seeing how what people have been using them for. I’ve just got to be brave now and comment on a few peoples blogs!

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