Following on from my previous post about finding people to follow on Twitter, I recently found out about WeFollow, another Twitter directory, thanks to Phil Bradley.

The homepage has the top categories (those with most followers) and lists the top five tweeters/twitterers (not sure what the term would be!) in each category. You can click on the topics on the right hand side of the homepage to find people in different categories, and you can use the search box to find categories which aren’t featured on the front page. You can see a list of librarians currently on WeFollow which ranks them according to the number of followers they have; I’m currently #12.

To add yourself to the directory, just send a Tweet to @wefollow and include up to three areas you would like to be added to. For example, I sent the following message:

@followme #librarian #web2 #university

That’s the basics, although Phil explains WeFollow in more detail in his blog post so rather than repeat it, here’s the link to his post.

A couple of weeks ago I attended the online 23 Things Summit organised by WebJunction, MaintainIT, the State Library of Kansas, and the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. It was held in America so the timezone difference worked out well for me as it meant I was at home in the evening.

For those not aware of 23 Things, it is also sometimes called Learning 2.0 and is a staff development programme designed for library staff. It uses blogging as the main tool for reflective learning and introduces staff to new web tools (the “things”) each week, which they then comment on in their blog. I previously wrote about the programme a while ago, and have been wanting to run a similar programme ever since, which I am now currently planning (more to come on this).

The event was hosted by WebJunction using Wimba classroom and it really was excellent. I could hear (most of) the speakers clearly, the presentation slides were clear to see, and it was great to be able to get involved by using the chat tools. I also tweeted the event (to the annoyance of my Facebook friends so I have now broken the link between Facebook and Twitter!); you can see all tweets tagged with #23smt. There were a number of us tweeting the event and it even became a top trend – at one point I received a message from @twinfo telling me I was the top trendsetter for #23smt. It was a good test of multi-tasking skills but it was made a lot easier by the great software used by WebJunction.

The actual summit was incredibly useful, it started out with Helene Blowers who initially devised the 23 Things programme. She was interviewed by David Lee King, and it was fascinating to hear from her about the problems she encountered and how she would possibly change things if she were to do it again.

We also heard from a number of people across USA who have adapted the programme for their own use. It was interesting to hear how different people have run the programme in different ways and what seems to work (as well as what doesn’t). One of the main plus points of the programme seems to be the sense of achievement the participants feel as well as a sense of community from those doing the same programme at the same time. As the programme is online, this is not limited geographically which is a huge bonus for smaller libraries or single librarians who can connect with others online.

At the end of the presentations there was a question and answer session which addressed many of the questions we had been adding to the chat throughout the presentations. The main questions/concerns seem to be around the amount of time needed to administer the programme (which seemed to vary massively) and how to get management support for the programme. The advice seems to be to ensure that management fully understand the programme and its benefits (mainly that a large number of staff can receive training simultaneously for a very small cost, just staff time).

You can see the documents from the session on WebJunction’s website including the presentation slides, the chatlog, and an audio recording of the event. One of the participants also grouped all web resources mentioned (e.g. different 23 Things programmes and useful websites) on Delicious.

It was a really useful event and came at just the right time; I am currently in the early planning stages of a 23 Things style programme for my place of work and feel much more prepared after the session.

This is the third of a series of posts about the iPhone/iPod Touch.

As Twitter has received so much publicity recently, I thought it may be useful to write about Twitter applications you can use on your iPhone/iPod Touch. For anyone who isn’t sure what Twitter is, you may find my earlier posts on Twitter – what is it and how can it be used? and Finding people to follow on Twitter useful as an introduction. Please feel free to follow me, I am joeyanne on Twitter.

iPhone/iPod Touch applications for Twitter

Twitter applications are probably of most use to iPhone users as you can “tweet” to your hearts content wherever you are, whereas iPod Touch owners need to be within range of a wireless network to use the applications.

I’ve tried a few iPhone applications for use with Twitter, but the one I use most is Tweetie. Tweetie displays tweets in a similar way to the iPhone’s SMS interface as you can see in the screenshot below:

Tweetie screenshot

Tweetie screenshot

I have to admit I do really like the interface of Tweetie and it’s one thing that keeps me going back to Tweetie in favour of other applications. Another thing I really like about Tweetie is the ease with which you can link through to view people’s profiles and can add people to follow from the iPhone interface.

Favouriting or replying to a tweet is also easy – you just swipe across the tweet and the following options appear:

Tweetie options (reply, view profile, favourite)

Tweetie options (reply, view profile, favourite)

Tapping once on the tweet gives further options such as retweeting, posting a link to a tweet, mailing a link to a tweet and deleting your own tweets (I’m still hoping for the addition to edit tweets in future updates to Twitter!). You can also search Twitter from the Tweetie application, find people to follow and see the current trends.

Tweetie is currently £1.79 in the App Store, and I think it is worth it – it’s certianly my preferred Twitter app for my iPod at the moment.

Another good application for the iPhone/iPod Touch which is great feature wise is Twitterfon. Twitterfon is a free application and does everything that Tweetie does, it’s also quite easy to use, just not quite so pretty in my opinion.

I also tried the free version of Twitteriffic but I have to confess I didn’t like it much, the controls weren’t as intuitive as Tweetie or Twitterfon and the screen was too dark (there may be a setting to change this but I didn’t keep it long enough to find out).

There may well be other Twitter application for the iPhone/iPod Touch which are as good as if not better, do you have any recommendations (or reasons I should give Twitterfon/Twitteriffic another go)?

I still have a few drafts planned for the series of posts about the iPhone/iPod Touch, but thought it was worth a brief mention that today I have implemented the WPtouch plugin (thanks to Josh at Goblin Cartoons) to optimise this blog for iPhone/iPod Touch users.

It was an ideal opportunity to also test the new functionality in WordPress 2.7 which allows you to install plugins from the admin dashboard (instead of downloading, unzipping, and uploading to your plugin directory). This seems to work very well and is a lot less hassle.

Anyway, here’s what the blog now looks like from an iPhone iPod Touch: on iPhone/iPod Touch on iPhone/iPod Touch

WPtouch is very easy to customise, it has an options page which explains what all the different options allow you to do. I’ve set my blog up so that from the homepage you can see the titles, categories and tags of the posts, the day they were posted, and the number of comments. You can then click on the title to read the post (and comments). I have also enabled it so that you should be able to submit comments from this interface (I haven’t tested that functionality yet).

You can also choose to view posts from a certain category from the homepage and can get to the RSS feed so that you could subscribe from the iPhone.

As you can see from the screenshot, I’ve also added my penguin logo to the header, which is probably my favourite bit! 🙂

I’ve tried a few similar plugins in the past, but none of them have done what I’d hoped and tended to cause other plugins to crash. So far, WPtouch is working well (please let me know if you’re having problems with anything!).