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Twitter is a free online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets". It was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and launched that July. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with over 500 million active users as of 2012, generating over 340 million tweets daily and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day. Today Twitter is becoming a commonly used marketing tool for companies and organizational tool for social movements such as the Arab Spring .

Twitter Tools and Applications

These third-party tools will help you organize your Twitter feed:

These applications will help you manage your tweets:

These tools will help you get the most out of your Twitter account:

Libraries using Twitter

Many libraries have been using this popular social media tool as a way to communicate with and engage their patrons.

I think it would be nice to have libraries tell how they use twitter, and thus share their best practices in stead of only mentioning that they use it.

  • Abilene Christian University, ACU Library (Texas) aculibrary
  • Alaska State Library akstatelibrary
  • Albertsons Library (Boise State University - Idaho) BSULibrary
  • Allegheny County Libraries (Pennsylvania) aclalibraries
  • Al-Madinah International University Library (Malaysia) dlibmediu
  • Anderson County Library (South Carolina) andersonsclib
  • Ann Arbor District Library (Michigan) aadl
  • Arapahoe Library District Teens (Colorado) ald_teens
  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library (Illinois) ahml
  • Biblioteca Municipal de Burgos (Spain) BibMunBurgos
  • Bibliotheek Vlissingen (Netherlands) Bibliotheek Vlissingen
  • Boise Public Library (Idaho) BoisePubLib
  • BibliOosterschelde (Netherlands) BibliOosterschelde
  • Binghamton University Libraries (New York) Binghamton U Library
  • Birmingham Public Library (Alabama) bpl
  • Bracebridge Public Library (Ontario) BracebridgePL
  • Bristol Public Library (Bristol, VA/TN) thebplibrary
  • Brunel University Library (London, UK) Brunel Library
  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (New York) buffalolibrary
  • Canton Public Library (Michigan)CantonLibrary
  • Capital Area District Library (Michigan) cadl
  • Casa Grande Library (Arizona) cglibrary
  • Charleston County Public Library (South Carolina) ChasLibrary
  • Chattahoochee Valley Libraries (Georgia) chatlibraries
  • CISTI - Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (Canada) cisti_icist
  • CISTI Lab (Canada) cistilab
  • Cita Dennis Hubbell Branch Library (Louisiana) hubbell
  • Cleveland Public Library (Ohio) Cleveland_PL
  • Coates Library, Trinity University (Texas) coateslibrary
  • College of St. Benedict (Minnesota) csbsjulibraries
  • Danbury (Connecticut) danburylibrary
  • Darien (CT) darienlibrary
  • Defiance Public Library (Ohio) defiancelibrary
  • DeKalb County Public Library (Georgia) dekalblibrary
  • Des Plaines Public Library (Illinois) DPPL
  • Des Plaines Public Library Business/Career Resource Ctr DPPLBusiness
  • Denver Public Library (Colorado) denverlibrary
  • Dongguk University Central Library (Seoul, South Korea) dongguklib / 동국대학교 중앙도서관 (한국)
  • Duke University Reference Dept. (North Carolina) askref
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Library (Louisiana) EBR Library
  • Edmonton Public Library (Alberta, Canada) EPLdotCA
  • Evanston Public Library (Illinois) evanstonpl
  • Evanston Public Library Teen Loft (Illinois) evanstonloft
  • Free Library of Philadelphia FreeLibrary
  • Fylde Libraries, Lancashire (UK) fyldelibraries
  • Gardendale Martha Moore Public Library (Alabama) gardendalelib
  • Geneva Public Library District Geneva_Library
  • Grand Rapids Public Library (Michigan) grpl
  • Grand Rapids Public Library Teen Dept (Michigan) grplteens
  • Greenville County Library System (South Carolina) GCLSLibrary
  • Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University (Texas) hamonarts
  • Hanyang University Library (Seoul, South Korea) hyulibrary / 한양대학교 백남학술정보관 (한국)
  • Harvard Law School Library (Massachusetts) hlslib
  • Harvard University Libraries (Massachusetts) harvard_library
  • Hennepin County Public Library (Minnesota) hclib
  • Henry Country Library (Kentucky) hcpl
  • Hinsdale Public Library (Illinois) hinsdalelibrary
  • Homewood Public Library (Homewood, AL) WeKnowBooksETC
  • Jungseok Memorial Library, Inha University (Incheon, South Korea) jungseoklibrary / 인하대학교 정석학술정보관 (한국)
  • K-State Libraries (Kansas) kstatelibraries
  • Kansas City Public Library (Missouri) KCPubLibrary
  • Kenosha Public Library (Wisconsin) mykpl
  • King County Library System (Washington) KCLS
  • Learn and Serve America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (California) NSLC
  • Lee County Library System (Southwest Florida)
  • Lancaster Libraries, Lancashire (UK) lancslibraries
  • Lawrence Technological University Library (Michigan) LTULib
  • Lester Public Library (Wisconsin) lesterpublic
  • Library and Archives at NASA CoLab in Second Life (California) CoLabLibrary
  • Library of Congress (Washington, DC) librarycongress
  • Lincoln Trail Libraries System (Champaign, IL) lincolntrail
  • Livermore Public Library (Livermore, CA) LivLibrary
  • Lunar and Planetary Institute Library (Texas) LPI_Library
  • Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) (Wisconsin) MCPL_Wausau Teenzone_Wausau
  • McNeese State University Library's Government Documents Department (Louisiana) MSUGovDocs
  • Mesa Public Library (Arizona) [1]
  • Michigan State University Libraries (Michigan) MSULibraries
  • Milwaukee Public Library (Wisconsin) MilwaukeePubLib
  • Missouri River Regional Library (Missouri) mrrl
  • Monroe County Public Library System (New York) MCLS
  • Maryland AskUsNow! askusnow
  • Miami Dade College Kendall Campus Library (Florida) SocratesTheCat
  • National Library of Korea (Seoul, South Korea) dibrary1004 / 국립중앙도서관 (한국)
  • National Library of Scotland natlibscot
  • Nebraska Library Commission NLC_Reference
  • New Canaan High School Library (Connecticut) nchslmc
  • New Trier High School Library newtrierlibrary
  • The New York Public Library nypl
  • Norlin Library (Colorado) ucblibraries
  • North Suburban Library System nsls
  • North Tonawanda Public Library Children's Department(New York) ntlibrarykids
  • Northeastern Illinois University Ronald Williams Library neiulibrary
  • The Ohio State University
  • Orange County Library System (Florida) oclslibrary
  • Park Library, School of Journalism and Mass Communication @ UNC Chapel Hill JoMCParkLib
  • Park Ridge Public Library (Illinois), prpl
  • Paul Robeson Library (Rutgers, Camden), RobesonLibrary
  • Peace Palace Library, peacepalace
  • Penn State University Libraries, psulibs
  • Penrose Library, University of Denver (Colorado) dupenrose
  • Phoenix Public Library (Arizona) [2]
  • Pikes Peak Library District (Colorado) ppld
  • Plymouth District Library (Michigan) PlymouthDL
  • POSTECH Library (Pohang, South Korea) postechlibrary / 포항공과대학교 청암학술정보관 (한국)
  • Providence Public Library (Rhode Island) provlib
  • Puyallup Public Library (Washington State) Puyallup Library
  • Roanoke County Public Library (Virginia) RoCoPubLib
  • Rochester Public Library (Minnesota) RochPubLibrary
  • Roosevelt University Library (Illinois) rulibrary
  • Ryerson University Library and Archives (Canada) ryersonlibrary
  • Santa Fe Public Library sfpl
  • Seattle Public Library (Washington State) seattle library
  • Skokie Public Library, skokielibrary
  • SLUB Sächsische Landesbibliothek Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, Dresden, Germany SLUBDresden
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries SILibraries
  • South Carolina State Library, scstatelibrary
  • St. John's University (Minnesota) csbsjulibraries
  • Syracuse University Library Learning Commons (New York) SULibraryLC
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College Library (Dryden, NY) tc3library
  • UIUC Undergraduate Library (Illinois) askundergrad
  • UIUC Music and Performing Arts Library (Illinois) mpalillinois
  • UC Berkeley Data Lab ucdatalab
  • UC Berkeley Doe/Moffitt Technology Training (dmtech) dmtech
  • UMass Amherst Learning Commons umasslc
  • Université de Liège. Réseau des Bibliothèques (University of Liège. Library Network) (Belgium) LibNetULg
  • University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library UBHSL
  • University at Buffalo Libraries UBLibraries
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks Elmer E. Rasmuson Library uaflibrary
  • University of British Columbia Library ubclibrary
  • University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Social Sciences & Humanities Library (SSHL)ucsdsshl
  • University of Kansas Libraries at Edwards Campus
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Montevallo umlibrary
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill UNCLibrary
  • University of South Florida Libraries @usflibraries
  • University of South Florida Shimberg Health Sciences Library Shimberg Health Sciences Library
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center Library-Memphis [3]
  • University of Texas at Arlington utalibrary
  • University of Texas at Austin utlibraries
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of Texas Health Science Center San Anotnio(UTHSCSA) uthsclib
  • Vancouver Public Library (BC Canada) VPL
  • Villa Park Public Library (Illinois) [4]
  • Washington-Centerville Public Library (Ohio) washcentlibrary
  • Washington State University Libraries (Washington) WSULibraries
  • Washoe County Library (Nevada) [5]
  • West Springfield Public Library (Massachusetts) WSPLEvents
  • Woollahra Library and Information Service (Sydney, Aus) woollahra_lib
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts) Gordon Library
  • Worthington Libraries (Ohio) worthingtonlib
  • Yale Science Libraries (Connecticut) yalescilib
  • YAMANAKAKO Public Library (Japan) lib-yamanakako / 山中湖情報創造館 (日本)
  • Yonsei University Library (Korea) Yonsei Library /연세대학교 (한국)
  • Zeeuwse Bibliotheek (Netherlands) Zeeuwse Bibliotheek

See also Library Twitter league with real time tracking of follower counts of over 500 official Library Twitter accounts.

Librarians On Twitter

More Info on Twitter

See Also