#cpd23 Thing 4 – Current awareness

Thing 4 explores Twitter, RSS feeds and Storify. I’ve used all these before, to a greater or lesser extent, so I will say briefly how and why I use them.


I use Twitter pretty much everyday. I have it on my phone, which makes keeping up-to-date very easy, and I also receive notifications when someone @replies me. I don’t think I use it to its full potential; for example, I don’t use lists.

Although quite a lot of the time I do tweet about something inane, I do use it mainly for networking and for following interesting events and issues. I have gotten the most out of Twitter when I started using it more for following LIS people.

I have this blog set up so it’s posts to Twitter when I publish a new post. I’ve noticed from the site stats that a lot of my views come from Twitter, so this is clearly working!

If anyone would like to follow me on Twitter, you can find me @Kangarooth.

RSS Feeds

This is one I don’t use as much as I should. My Sheffield University email is hosted by Google, so I can easily access Google Reader. However, I set one up last year, so I’d rather not subscribe to the same things on a new reader.

I tend to forget about my Google Reader, then when I do remember, there’s no way I can read all of the new posts! It is, though, a fantastic way to aggregate all the blogs you enjoy reading, rather than searching each one out, and having to remember them. I really must get back in the habit of using it to read blogs.


Unfortunately it doesn’t work on my laptop. I’m going to have a play around and see if I can’t get it working. But for now, I’ll just say that I have used it very briefly once before, and it seemed a very straightforward and intuitive tool, that I hope to investigate more when I’m able. I can see the benefits of it for getting information across, and there are some great examples out there, such as this one for CPD23 Thing 4!

When I can get it working, I’ll have a play, and perhaps post it to here as a supplementary blog post 🙂

One last thing…

23. Summarise your thoughts on the 23 Things @ Oxford programme

I started the 23 Things programme back in February, and  I am quite pleased with how it has gone. The web tools I have experienced as part of the programme are: 

  • iGoogle

    Word cloud from wordle.net

  • Blogging
  • RSS feeds & readers
  • FlickR & Picnik
  • Delicious
  • Podcasting & Youtube
  • Facebook & LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Wikis
  • Google Documents & ThinkFree Office
  • Widgets

I think the most useful of these, and the ones I am likely to keep using in the future, are blogging, Twitter, Google Docs, and perhaps the iGoogle page.

I think a blog is a great way to keep track of what you’ve been up to, and to be reflective about it too. Blogging about these Things has helped me get the confidence to start blogging properly; if I feel I don’t have anything interesting to say, I can fall back on doing the next Thing on the list! (Perhaps I’ll start doing 23cpd just to carry this safety net on!)

The same can be said of Twitter, really. I used it before, but not nearly to the extent I do now. As for Google Docs, I can see it being very handy indeed for group work during my MA.

It has been interesting to compare my thoughts and views of the web tools with the other trainees, and to read back over the past participant’s blogs too. I think at the start I was expecting to know everything straight away about the tools, but I actually learned a lot of new useful information about them. I’m glad I took part, as even if I don’t use all of them that often, at least I have a ground knowledge of them, and will recognise when they might just be the perfect thing to use.

Thing 5 & 6: RSS Feeds

Sign up for GoogleReader and add the RSS feed from the 23 Things blog

As I had already put a few blogs into my RSS feed, and since I haven’t used it in a while, my GoogleReader was quite full.

Find some more feeds to subscribe to

I added the 23 Things blog to it as well, and found a couple of blogs about libraries and librarians too. I highly recommend Screwy Decimal!