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Twitter is a free, web-based service which allows users to send and read messages instantly. These messages, known as "tweets," are text messages of up to 140 characters long. Each person's tweets are displayed on that person's Profile page and are delivered to those "followers" who subscribe to that person's tweets.

UCR's libraries have set up a Twitter account at http://twitter.com/ucrlibraries. Although most uses of Twitter are for social networking, UCR is offering it to UCR students, faculty, and staff as another way to get quick responses to reference questions.

How to Twitter

You can join Twitter by going here. Once you have joined, friend the UCR Libraries' Twitter account by going here and typing in "ucrlibraries". Click on the button labeled "follow." Once you've done that, you will be following the UCR Libraries Twitter account. We will then reciprocate. Once we are following your account, you can ask us a question by going to our Twitter page and clicking on the "message" link on the right.

Our Twitter Policies

A UCR librarian will be monitoring the UCR Twitter account during business hours (8 am to 5 pm). We will attempt to answer any questions posted to us as soon as is practically possible, but if the question is posted after business hours we will not be able to answer it until the following morning, or Monday morning if the message is posted after Friday at 5 pm.

We will endeavor to answer any questions posted to us on Twitter. However, Twitter limits all posts and direct messages to 140 characters, and some questions cannot be answered in that brief space. If we can't answer a question in 140 characters or less, we will direct you to our Ask A Librarian or request that you call the Rivera Reference Desk (951.827.4392) or the Science Reference Desk (951.827.3316)

Last modified: 12/10/2010 3:43 PM by D. Morita

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