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Tracking words with Twitter



Twitter recently added a Twitter Tracking feature that lets you track keywords and phrases that twitterers use while twittering. Just for kicks, I tracked the word library for 24 hours – every time someone entered the word library into twitter, I received the update… Here’s what I got back from Twitter:

First, my own test updates:

  • testing something out – library
  • Cool – I’m playing with twitter tracking. I’m tracking library – and it took like 10 secs from enering the word to getting the notification

Before you read the twitters, think about this – have you ever wondered what your customers think of you? Ever wondered what people think about [fill-in-the-blank]? This Twitter Tracking tool allows you to get a small, rather random glance at people’s thoughts on a topic.

{fyi – this isn’t all of them – not even half. And I removed most of the references to things like iTunes Library, JavaScript Library, and I think one World of Warcraft Library reference. Oh, and two library thing references and a library elf reference, too}

So – here’s what people twitter about libraries – I found this fascinating:

  • met stefanie at the library by chance meeting. she picked out a book for me.
  • @ the library with jay, testing netwerx
  • The girl across from me at the library kind of has man-hands.
  • heading home.. maybe a quick stop at the library?
  • Sooo we’re back. It was okay. Bought some yummy bagels since I had a craving for ‘em…got new library card and took out my book for 4MP!
  • back to the library for the 4th time in 2 days 3rd time today if i dont get at least a c on this test ill die
  • I really hate the campus library. No, I hate researching a topic I care nothing for.
  • late night meeting with a client at the local library
  • Yahoo! Hack Event today at the University of the Philippines College of Engineering Library and Computer Science Building Lecture Hall.
  • finally started studying. law library.
  • back at the library to file away to videos before hopping on a jet plane south
  • Guy who hasn’t checked out a library book in 30 years. I totally introduced him to the art of calling us to put things on hold. He’s happy.
  • library is surprisingly crowded
  • More cellphone rudeness I wasn’t aware of: apparently it’s ok to take phonecalls in a public library now. Happened 3x in the last hour.
  • All alone in a smelly corner of ASUs nerd library.
  • Getting ready to read my new book from the library and going to sleep after. Have a good night!
  • sunbathing outside state library. Wanna join us?
  • Workers divided in vote on deal to end civic strike: Vancouver’s library workers have rejected a proposed…
  • It’s just gonna take too much time for it to download before I can watch it. Gonna have to go to the library again.
  • Yay Harry Potter 7 CDs are in at the library!!! I’m still on book 5, oh well, still exciting!!!
  • Another awesome thing about the restaurant: it’s across a public library. I just got my first SF library card!
  • this evening has flown by — busy, busy!  but that’s the way I like it when I work late!  I wish I worked for a library with wi-fi!
  • getting irritated at this guy walking all about in the library, IT’S SO DISTRACTING!
  • I found our Scienrtific library a great place to catch up on sleep. Much to the amusement of the security guard! :-)
  • Am back at Gotham Library for the morning, doing my old job. It’s very amusing, have caused a lot of double-takes.
  • Amending my article about NZ music for the Radio Journal. Need a few more references – but they’re sitting in a library in Auckland. Damn.
  • stalking people in the library for Research Method class… What a stupid assignment?
  • What is the nicest library I can see in Rome/Vatican?
  • just emerged from the “library.” draft one done. editing now.
  • Time to get Gretel ready for story time at our local library. Must. Remember. Camera.
  • I love finding an older picture on Flickr & seeing that it’s been viewed once. Like finding that library book that’s never been checked out.
  • back from library forum, there are some really great ideas floating around the library
  • I love my kids mondegreens. Kaya this morning – “dad, we have to take this library book back today or it will be over dude”
  • I might have to start dropping elbows on these kids in the library that won’t shut the hell up.
  • working from library today – walk through downtown and the sound of commerce ringing clear
  • Back in the stinking library.
  • Listening to a preschool story group reciting “Diddle Diddle Dumpling My Son John” with a teddy bear at the library.
  • Library has ALL of the Thin Man movies! Thin Man Marathon! (with cocktails!)
  • “The library isn’t good for books” Wow. Gwan UCC!
  • off to the library to get some intense work done before dreamweaver/CSS class this evening (mix in some Game database work on the side pls)
  • Research at the UM Map library on consumer water usage in Israel and Palestine
  • sitting in the library missing my lesbians.
  • sorry thelonedrifter, the library sucks
  • @addisontodd that’s ’cause you’re illiterate… not the library’s problem
  • Headding to the library
  • Technically, you’re not supposed to use the reference computers for MySpace, but maybe if you to add the library’s page to your f-list …
  • Library is packed with noisy beings, other languages and exposed underwear.
  • in a library that’s not mine, leeching wifi and writing

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  • http://stevelawson.name/seealso/ Steve Lawson

    “Over dude!” I love it! Also, very nice of ASU to have a library specifically for nerds.

  • http://stevelawson.name/seealso/ Steve Lawson

    “Over dude!” I love it! Also, very nice of ASU to have a library specifically for nerds.

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  • http://shelfcheck.blogspot.com/ Emily Lloyd

    That was fascinating to read through. Thanks for posting.

  • http://shelfcheck.blogspot.com Emily Lloyd

    That was fascinating to read through. Thanks for posting.

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  • http://www.lib.ksu.edu/dsa/personal dsa

    Many thanks for posting this sample. Gives me more food for thought than I can bear at this hour. Love the smelly corner twitter.

  • http://www.lib.ksu.edu/dsa/personal dsa

    Many thanks for posting this sample. Gives me more food for thought than I can bear at this hour. Love the smelly corner twitter.

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  • http://vielmetti.typepad.com/superpatron Edward Vielmetti

    awesome!

  • http://vielmetti.typepad.com/superpatron Edward Vielmetti

    awesome!

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  • Kermonk

    How about explaining HOW one tracks a word

  • Kermonk

    How about explaining HOW one tracks a word