Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Finals week and social media

Finals week is incredibly stressful. Many students take the opportunity to diffuse emotional stress by posting on social media sites like Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  If you are a student and/or follow students, you are likely to see posts and pictures about finals, sleep (the lack of), and food. As of right now, the Twitter hash tag #finalsweek is being updated every few seconds. 

As you're tweeting and blogging to blow off steam, keep in mind that other students aren't the only ones who use social media...professors, staff, and parents do as well.  If your Twitter profile has your name and/or real picture, watch what you tweet and/or consider setting your account to private.

If you'd like to learn more about social media and tools like Twitter, browse the library catalog or our Discovery Search Tool by searching words such as social media, Facebook, and Twitter.Besides this blog, you can keep up with the library (and give us feedback) via other social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr,  Pinterest and Foursquare.  You may want to drop by next semester as we sponsor several Lessons @ Lunch sessions on social media presented by the Texas Social Media Research Institute.

A screenshot of the library's catalog records of books about Twitter.

1 comment:

Cathy W. said...

Good info; thanks for the posting and searching tips.

TSMRI sessions are always informative; hope I'm able to attend them.

Dick Smith Library is also sponsoring two Lessons@Lunch (L@L) in the spring:
-- identity theft L@L on Feb. 6.
-- safe (i.e. secure) online surfing L@L on Apr. 9.

Both of these topics relate to the ideas in your post -- online privacy, security settings, and being aware when online.

Thanks again for the reminders and tips.