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Local libraries can grow the web as Twitter users #Ask4Stuff

#Ask4Stuff reply to request for information on Yayoi Kusama on June 25, 2010
#Ask4Stuff reply to request for information on Yayoi Kusama on June 25, 2010
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With a new Twitter service called #Ask4Stuff, libraries have the potential to increase the number of users and the amount of information that can be accessed on the internet.  Users can discover cataloged library resources in one tweet.

How to use #Ask4Stuff

Try out this new service using the following tweet format:

#Ask4Stuff  (keywords spaced without commas)

Example tweet:  #Ask4Stuff  Congaree bridge South Carolina

You will receive a tweet similar to this:

@yourusername   Here is what we found for Congaree bridge South Carolina:

in #Ask4Stuff, see

The link will take you to results on WorldCat, an online library catalog. 

You can include the name of your library in your tweet to find local access to the resource.

Benefits of #Ask4Stuff

Twitter users can receive convenient mobile text messages when they #Ask4Stuff.  You do not need to be at a computer to find a reference.  That means whether you are at work, in class, or in the grocery store, you can find a reference usually within a minute. 

Most people who actually use the library catalog are over 45 or 55 years old, according to a recent OCLC Cooperative blog post.  See also, "Sometimes the Internet is just not big enough for me." 

Recent  #Ask4Stuff tweets

           Tweet:  #Ask4Stuff Congaree bridge South Carolina

           Reply:  @savingstories: Selected items about Congaree bridge South Carolina in #Ask4Stuff,


           More replies:  @savingstories: We've got you covered for Columbia South Carolina civil war

                                      in #Ask4Stuff, look here:

                                     @savingstories Yep - we got Columbia South Carolina history in #Ask4Stuff,

                                     available at

As libraries and Twitter users help to inform their followers about #Ask4Stuff, access to information and library usage will increase.

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More Links:

LisNews:  #Ask4Stuff Twitter-based service that returns a WorldCat search

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