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Order! Order! No Tweeting (Well Maybe Some) in the Court!

Is everything on twitter 100% accurate? Far from it. And can a journalist chronicle a court case 140 characters at a time?

Lawyers Weekly (Canada) asks us to judge for ourselves. Follow trials in Ottawa and London, ON where judges in both cases are letting journalists stream events from the courtroom to the Internet via Twitter. Here are two cases to follow: In Ottawa, the bribery trial of Mayor Larry O’Brien and in London ON, the Bandidos trial.

Many lawyers aren’t yet sure what to think. “This is evolving rapidly,” says Toronto-based Daryl Cruz, partner and leader of th litigation practice group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. “Six months ago, we probably wouldn’t have had this conversation because it wouldn’t have crossed anybody’s mind.”

Says law librarian Connie Crosby: "It (twitter) doesn’t give a lot of room for clarifying context and giving facts" principal of Toronto-based Crosby Group Consulting. She adds that tweets can be taken out of context, as happened when somebody mistakenly attributed an inflammatory tweet about Tamil protesters to Toronto Mayor David Miller when, in fact, the comment was merely addressed to Miller. She tells us that news organizations like The Wall Street Journal are now sending their reporters guides that cover Twitter as a medium for reporting.

The Twitter Guys Gaze into the Future...

Twitter’s co-founders, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, kicked off this year’s D: All Things Digital conference, run by The Wall Street Journal.

Twitter founders said they did not want to sell the company and saw themselves running it five years from now. “We’re building Twitter and building an innovative company,” Mr. Stone said. “We are 100 percent into Twitter.” Mr. Williams, Twitter’s chief executive, said he was modeling the firm after Microsoft and Apple and was willing to navigate tough times to build a long-term business.

The pair endorsed a few options, like giving companies and heavy users enhanced features for a fee. This could include charging them to get introductions to new followers. The founders also suggested that for a fee they would embrace the challenge of trying to authenticate a company or person’s identity ( in "is 'Dunkin' Donuts' the Dunkin' Donuts"?).

"You Are Never Too Old": 104-yr-old Takes on Twitter

From Brave New World:

"Who said that the technology and digital revolution was only for the young? When Ivy Bean heard that a 97-year-old French woman was the oldest member of Facebook she decided to join. She soon attracted 5,000 friends and has 17,775 people waiting to be her friend. Unless you know someone older, Ivy from Bradford is now the oldest Facebook member at 103 years old and has now joined Twitter and already has 9500 followers!"

Since Brave New World ran the story, Ivy's gained some readers: I'm @IvyBean104's 14,510th follower on Twitter. Her accounts will be great ones to show when teaching adults about Twitter and Facebook.

Some sample tweets from Ivy:

"hello all spending the morning reading wont be able to use lap top much today other residents are using it be in touch later

i am so happy i have got all these followers its really good

had a very nice lunch going to watch a film this afternoon i think we are watching the sound of music

me and my friend mabel are going to have a game of connect 4

Deal or no deal in 4hrs

@adam_lambert good luck"

Why am I still on Facebook?

I just saw a news story that says Facebook actively blocks users with unsual names. So how does the effing librarian get to keep his account when Alicia Istanbul lost hers?

I'm kind of offended that my fake name isn't fake enough to alert Facebook's name goons. My fake first name is Effing and my fake last name is Librarian; is there a country where that's common?

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Twitter With Your Tweeps

Do you feel the need to belong to a twibe? This one's for librarians.


Has anyone else the explosive popularity of Twitter in the last week? Ever since the Ashton Kutcher / CNN battle-publicity stunt for 1,000,000 followers and Queen Oprah's seal of approval, I've seen many new followers on the effing librarian's tweetstage. Even my mom has many more tweetpals than she ever expected (but then, she follows tons of twittererers, too).

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A Public Library Keeps Patrons Clued in with Messaging and Texting

Nobody can say that the Plainfield IL Public Library isn't perfectly up to date.

For the last six months, you've been able to IM a librarian, and now you can also text a librarian. It's is the first library in the state to offer a Text-a-Librarian service, according to Michelle Roubal, the library's head of reference and reader services. More from Suburban Chicago News.

Libraries on Twitter

Looking for library/librarian tweeters? Oregon State University MLIS student Lindy Brown has a list here, and would appreciate your amending it as necessary.

And We All Want To Be Better At Our Work, Don't We?

Caught Twittering or on Facebook at work? It'll make you a better employee, according to an Australian study that shows surfing the Internet (in moderation) during office hours increases productivity.

The University of Melbourne study showed that people who use the Internet for personal reasons at work are about 9 percent more productive that those who do not. Report from Wired...

Why I Quit Google

Google's top designer Doug Bowman quit the company to join Twitter. Mostly, Doug didn't like how much Google depends on data to make design decisions.

His basic complaint: "When a company is filled with engineers, it turns to engineering to solve problems. Reduce each decision to a simple logic problem. Remove all subjectivity and just look at the data. Data in your favor? Ok, launch it. Data shows negative effects? Back to the drawing board. And that data eventually becomes a crutch for every decision, paralyzing the company and preventing it from making any daring design decisions." This is a portion of his blog post, find it at stop design.


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