Erin Logsdon (@taxonomylady) wrote a blogpost with some great tips how to give your library a twitter makeover for follow a library day.
Having a complete profile (Location, Web, Bio) is important for two reasons. One, the text in these fields in keyword searchable, so it will help people find you if the information is complete and relevant. Two, people use the profile information as a contextual way of understanding who you are and the purpose of your Twitter account. Can they ask you a question via Twitter or do you only use the account to push news stories and other content?
Adding the name of the person responsible for tweeting in the Bio is a great way to add a human element to the account. It also lets people know who to contact if they need further assistance.
Read all the makeover tips from Erin on Beyond Sliced Bread
Erin’s post is one of the best I’ve seen for Twittering libraries:
Adding the name of the person responsible for tweeting in the Bio is a great way to add a human element to the account. It also lets people know who to contact if they need further assistance. You can change your Bio as often as you’d like. If you don’t want to include real names then simply let people know if the name of the department responsible for the tweets, for example, reference, public relations, etc. Check out these profiles for some great ideas!
- Boston Public Library -@BPLBoston
- New York Public Library – @nypl
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries – @UNL_Lib
- Washington University in St. Louis Libraries – @WUSTLlibraries
- Ohio State University Libraries – @OSULibrary
- Pennsylvania State University Libraries – @psulibs
- Tulane University Library – @howard_tilton
- University of Houston Libraries – @DeweyUHLIB
- University of Kansas Libraries – @kulibraries
- University of Washington Libraries – @uwlibraries
Finally, if you cannot fit this information into your bio, you may want to consider changing your URL to a library page that explains how and when users can interact with you on Twitter. See this awesome example from the Grand Rapids Public Library – @grpl.
Take a look at your Twitter account – what can you enhance for #followalibrary?