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Twitter Doesn't Stack Up for Law Librarians

The folks at Law Librarian Blog wondered whether law librarians use Twitter. So they took a poll. The outcome: Most law librarians do not use Twitter for library-related purposes and have no plans to tweet anytime soon. The admittedly unscientific survey drew 166 participants. Asked, "Do you Twitter?" their responses broke down this way:

  • 57 percent do not Twitter
  • 25 percent Twitter for both work and personal reasons
  • 11 percent Twitter only for personal activity
  • 7 percent Twitter for work-related activities

Those who do not now Twitter at work were asked whether their libraries are likely to launch a Twitter feed at some point. Probably not, said 71 percent of the non-tweeters. Only 3 percent said they would be likely to launch a Twitter feed within the next three months.

Some other interesting findings:

  • Of those who use Twitter at work, 63 percent said they are the only staff member who does so.
  • 44 percent of workplace users send out fewer than five tweets a week. Only 14 percent exceed 20 tweets a week.
  • Those who use Twitter outside work do it somewhat more frequently, with 29 percent saying they send out more than 20 tweets a week.

Law Librarian Blog editor Joe Hodnicki now wishes his survey had included questions about participants' ages. "As more young law librarians enter the field and more Google generation patrons enter the practice of law will Twittering for work-related communications increase?" he wonders. I don't know the answer to that question, but I'd be happy to submit it to the virtual reference desk of the Twitter-sphere.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on March 31, 2009 at 02:12 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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