We've been tweeting away since way back in 2008 and in that time have sent out over 1800 tweets about quirky items in our collections. In that time we've had some highlights such as lobsterotica as well as running battles with other institutions over who has the coolest collection items.
We've also gained over 3,400 followers who hang on with baited breath for our next gem from the collections. We follow a fairly predictable pattern with around two tweets a day and although it seems to have been working well we wanted to find out a little more about what our followers thought as well as a bit more about them.
How did we do this? Through twitter again naturally. It took all of a few minutes to come up with a four question survey, which we put up on Survey Monkey and another few seconds to put out a tweet with a link and a quick one-liner grovelling for our hoards of dedicated followers to tell us more.
The beauty of twitter is the instantaneousness of it. Within minutes we had people retweeting our survey as well as people asking if we were planning of stopping – we're not!
First up we asked where our followers were from. Unsurprisingly the large majority were from New Zealand with only 20% being from overseas. Of those overseas it was a split between Australia and the States with a handful from Britain.
The good news is that we actually do have several other twitter channels that would help give a broader view of the library.
The Services to Schools team run an account @L2_S2S which is aimed at teachers and school librarians. They also have several blogs that talk about children's literature and innovation in school libraries.
The Alexander Turnbull Library, @AlexArchivists, tweet about general digital archival interests and the Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa, @PeepsNetwork, tweet about their service and other IT related things.
Lastly, @DigitalNZ, have also been on Twitter for quite some time and talk about the DigitalNZ service as well as all things digitisation
As yet there are no plans for a newsy type twitter account with general National Library goings on however this may change as we look towards moving back into our building in 2012.
Thanks heaps to everyone who took a minute to help us out with this.