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Twitter for search?

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twitter2.jpgtwitter2.jpg"Why would you want to generate a Twitter-based search of library materials through WorldCat?"

"Keep in mind that this first implementation is more suggestive than an end in itself.  We thought that as it stands, it could be useful in its current form.   Many people use Twitter for reminders or just simple notes to their peers. You may want to share a search with your social network and mark it with another hash tag. Or you might want to store the results in your tweet stream just like bookmarks. You might want save a thought for later work through a mobile device. The point is, people are using Twitter for all kinds of reasons. If libraries can get their data and services into that space, it will bring more users to the library."

#Ask4Stuff is a new, Twitter-based service that returns a WorldCat search when you send a tweet with the tag #Ask4Stuff.  So if you send the following tweet:

#Ask4Stuff lake erie shipwreck
You'll get a tweet back that says something like:

@YOURNAME A few things about lake erie shipwreck in #Ask4Stuff, check out http://is.gd/cY7gi
Where the link then takes you to the WorldCat.org search result for "lake erie shipwreck." You can even localize the result to a WorldCat Local instance by including the Local library name as another hash tag. Example:

#Ask4Stuff #OSU lake erie shipwreck

Read more: http://community.oclc.org/cooperative/2010/06/sometimes-the-internet-is-just-not-big-enough-for-me.html 

Interesting to see where stuff like this might go--continuation of many ways to do the same thing.  What do you think?

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