I have had several discussion with coworkers recently regarding the fact that I am on both Twitter and FriendFeed. Usually, these discussion involve them making fun of me for being on Twitter and FriendFeed. Arguing with them brings up the question: Why am I here?
I am not someone who will ever inspire hundreds of followers on Twitter or friends on FriendFeed. I assume most of what I post will be read buy a few and commented on by even fewer. So, given this, why do I bother?
I have spent 13 years as a jail librarian. Over half of that time, I was in a single person library 4 days a week. These days I am in a single person library 2 days a week and in a public library 3 days a week. I have always felt disconnected from my library system and the field as a whole. Twitter and FriendFeed have allowed me to connect with library staff across the country(and at least one in Canada) in a way that used to be almost impossible. I am no longer alone on Wednesday’s and Friday’s. I have the whole world at my fingertips if I want it.
That’s why I am here.