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Twitter is the new Google

That is, according to this new article I found via Delicious –

http://www.winningtheweb.com/twitter-future-search-google.php

One more reason librarians need to be on Twitter. 

These two quotes caught my eye:

 “Not only is it a way to connect and interact with others, but it also represent a huge pool of information based on everyday human life that’s ready to be mined to extract real value.” 

“With millions of new web pages springing up every day on the Internet, who has the time or attention span to read through it all? We need filters, and that’s what Twitter provides in 140 characters or less. “

So here’s a question – will there be a day soon in which librarians are not only teaching people how to search Google and Yahoo more effectively, but also are teaching folks how to Tweet more effectively?  What would such a session look like?

The article also makes additional (and repeated) mention of how Twitter allows people to search from human experience and people they trust.  This is good if you’re looking for a restaurant – bad for more factual stuff.  I’d like to say I don’t see a future in which people pick up their phones to get information about, say, the War of 1812, but we’re on the cusp of that and I don’t want to be pulling my foot from my mouth in 20 years (or 10 or 5 years).  Anyone know what the APA or MLA citation for a Tweet looks like?

Plus, I can’t help but wonder if it has any future effect on ChaCha which is on a roll in the text message answers department.

I can polka, but I can’t ChaCha

Well, I tried to apply to be a ChaCha guide, but didn’t pass one part of the three part test. So, y’know, I guess my MLIS isn’t good for all aspects of the information world after all. I can answer complex reference questions but lack the talent to answer cell phone reference questions in 160 characters or less. Sigh.

Hint to future Cha-Cha people – pay attention during orientation…and print out the guide book…they’ll be quizzing you on them. That’s what I get for trying to multi-task during orientation. Le sigh, le pout.