Europe Direct Leeds are proud to announce that they are the first Europe Direct relay mentioned on the EC External Relations’ list of “EU institutions on twitter”: http://ec.europa.eu/external_relations/twitter/index_en.htm Another fact in relation with twitter we are proud of is that we were one of the first to tweet about the Czech President signing the Lisbon treaty.
We have been tweeting since April 2009 and are actively involved in the Web 2.0 project group of our host institution, Leeds Library and Information Service. This means that we get to work with knowledgeable and enthusiastic colleagues from the city council as well as libraries and museums, being able to share our experiences, difficulties, ideas and solutions. After attending the recent AGM in Rotterdam, we have shared our experiences with colleagues from the Netherlands, who are exploring the benefits of twitter and Facebook for their own organisations.
We have made some very useful and interesting connections on twitter, and feel very involved in and informed about the activites going on in the European institutions and other partner institutions, in a way that we probably could not have achieved via traditional channels.
Twitter is a very useful tool, easy to use and helps promote your services, share information with colleagues and customers, as well as keep you informed about the latest news and developments. As you can choose who to follow and whose updates to ignore you can tailor the service to your individual needs and interests and build useful and meaningful relationships. I have recently opened a LinkedIn profile and am now connected to various colleagues I had first met on twitter.
Twitter doesn’t take long to update (there’s only space for 140 characters per tweet), so Europe Direct Leeds would like to encourage everyone to get themselves on twitter and start connecting!
If you need any help or have further questions, you can have a look at the worksheets on http://europedirectleeds.org.uk/?page_id=1277, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us, @europedirect, of course!
We are also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/europedirectleeds