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“Where have you been” is one of those loaded questions that can mean, “Where have you been, I have been waiting for you for hours,” or “Where have you been all my life?” The reasons you aren’t there can be just as varied. This week, we’re going to talk about getting back into the swing of things, professionally, when you’ve been out of the loop. We’ll talk about getting involved in social media, getting involved in a professional association, starting a new program at your library, and we might even discuss my two week hiatus from Lulu.

A sullen faced, “Where have you been, I’M STARVING” Neko, by Meg


It’s no secret that I’m no huge fan of Facebook. Before the beginning of this year, I had all but deleted my personal account. I use “introverted” as a polite euphemism for the fact that I don’t really care to keep up with people.

Blah blah, this was also the background for my 2nd grade school portrait by Lifetouch, in which I was holding an action figure and a baseball glove.

But, we’re working hard on digital outreach at work, and I’ve been a Facebook administrator for the official page for about 3 months.

Right now, our Facebook posts are event announcements and blog updates. We’re not creating any Facebook-specific original content. I don’t know that we’re going to start creating any Facebook-specific content. However, I do feel like we can do a better job of promoting existing stuff from our greater web presence from the Facebook page. The other catch, of course, is that we don’t want to be timeline spammers with 1,327 posts per day.

What is your library doing?

I’m getting more involved with my workplace’s social media presence (Twitter, Facebook and one potential video–if videos can be social?), and I must say that I’m distressed.

Basically, you would not believe what people are willing to say to a government entity in a public forum.

obvi the greatest new yorker cartoon of the internet age, all credit due

I suspect the following is going to sound a little “hey kid get off my lawn,” but I don’t care. Please, enjoy this short guide to interacting with your government in such a way that won’t get you on a watch list, or make social media unpleasant for those around you, you know, socializing.

  1. The only people who can represent your feelings to government are your elected representatives. You can look them up here. You should not expect a profanity laden @ message on Twitter to some unrelated agency to make it to the halls of power.
  2. However, we unrelated agencies are still part of the government. Are you very very very angry with government, and hoping to kick the bums out with a profanity laden @ message on Twitter? Guess what? We totally own this public Twitter page, and now all of your very very very angry friends will be able to see that YOU interacted with the GOVERNMENT. For shame.
  3. Were you hoping to sway us towards your political persuasion? Pro tip: THOMAS isn’t a real person. Well, not anymore.
  4. Are you offering to cook an elaborate gourmet lunch for THOMAS, and then whisk him away to Paris on an evening flight? THOMAS is very real. In fact, I am THOMAS, and I have my passport ready. On y va!
  5. Most of all, social media is supposed to be conversational without turning into a conversation. Be respectful of the forum. If you have a lot to say, send an email, Ask A Lib, write a letter. If it’s super personal, same. 140 characters can do a lot, but they can’t do it all–don’t force it.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency does a much better job of this than I do. Check out their Get to Know an Internet Commenter column by Kevin Collier for more of what I mean. If you’re really brave, read the comments section of a national political story at the Washington Post. If you’re suicidal, try one on the Redskins, or parenting.

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