Enthusiastic about Thing 7 (because real life networking always involves more cake)

I never really trusted the word ‘networking’, as I don’t like the idea of only making an effort with people if you can use them to further your own career.  However, I may be looking at it through rose-tinted spectacles but there really doesn’t seem to be too much of that involved with networking in the library world – from what I’ve seen, people are enthusiastic about meeting other information professionals, sharing their knowledge and expertise, and making connections in order to work together on interesting projects.  And I have to say that one of the best things about my graduate trainee year has been the chance to get involved with real life networks, attend events, and chat to other people working in libraries.

I would highly recommend any new trainees next year to try and get involved as much as possible with real life networks – not only have I learnt a lot about the profession and met some nice people, there is often plentiful tea and cake as well!

Cake! Photo courtesy of A.L. Nunn

I thought I would make a list of all the real life networking I’ve taken part in this year – hopefully it will help me remember, and perhaps give new trainees an idea of what to get involved with.

BIALL Graduate Open Day: I attended this event way back in October, when I hadn’t much of an idea of all the different possible library careers.  BIALL is the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians, and as my trainee placement has been in a Law Library, my work kindly paid for me to attend the open day (the cost was around £35 I think).  It was the first time I had been outside of the Oxford bubble, and it was great to meet trainees from law firms, inns of court, media libraries and health libraries.  We heard talks from more experienced law librarians, representatives from the Masters course at City University, self-employed librarians and people working in library recruitment.  We also got to visit the Wellcome Library, which specializes in the history of medicine and was really interesting.  We got the chance to chat to the speakers and the other attendees over lunch, and I found it useful to hear from people who had already started the MA, as well as trainees at the same stage as me.

LISNPN London Trainee Meet-up: Although I probably prefer real life meetings to online networking, I don’t think there would be so many opportunities for one without the other, and this trainee gathering is a good example of that.  It was organised through the trainee forum on the LIS New Professionals Network mentioned in Thing 6, and a couple of us from Oxford ended up adventuring into central London after work to meet some London-based trainees for food and drinks.  It was fantastic to meet enthusiastic trainees from different libraries – we talked about plans for MAs/jobs, the differences between traineeships and what it was like working in such varied libraries.  It’s something that I’d definitely recommend to any new Bodleian trainees, as it’s easy to start thinking that the Oxford libraries are the be all and end all, just because there are so many of them!

Libcamp Brunel: I didn’t get the chance to go to Library Camp 2011, as it was too soon after the start of my traineeship, but I heard good things about it from one of the other Bod trainees, so when I saw (via Twitter – again, the value of online networking!) that there was going to be a smaller version of Library Camp based at Brunel University in Uxbridge, I decided to go – encouraged further by the fact that it was free!  Libcamps are organised in an unconference format, which means they are participant driven and anyone can choose to pitch and present a session.  Here and here are blog posts about the event  from other participants, which go into detail about what happened on the day.  I attended some interesting sessions about information literacy, social media and next generation catalogues – I didn’t always feel qualified to contribute, as there were some much more experienced professionals there, but I learnt a lot through listening, and it was nice to talk to a mix of trainees and librarians.

Trainee visit to Oxford: Again organised through the LISNPN forums, this was going to be a small affair but ended up being a fairly large group of trainees descending on Oxford from such far flung locations as Cambridge, Sheffield and Leeds.  One of the other Oxford trainees organized the visit, and I agreed to show the group round the Law Library as part of their day.  Although the Law Library sadly isn’t the prettiest part of the Bodleian, I hope they enjoyed it – we almost got lost wandering around the maze of the secondary collection and we managed to dig out some Law Library treasures to show off, a tiny sixteenth century copy of the Magna Carta, one of the first maps of an African region and the  ‘illustrated police news,’ gaudily illustrated with unlikely and theatrical true crime.  We all met up in the pub in the evening and got to know some of the (exhausted) visiting trainees.

CILIP New Professionals Day 2012: I’ve already blogged at length about this, so I won’t go over it again – I really enjoyed it (and it’s free!), and would recommend next year’s to anyone.  Remember to book quickly though, as places were limited.

New Professionals at CILIPNPD12 (the side of my head is just visible). Photo courtesy of usernametaken10 on flickr under a Creative Commons License.

CPD23 Oxford Meet-up: In order to do something proactive for Thing 7, a fellow trainee organized a cpd23 meet-up in a pub in Oxford after work.  I enjoyed meeting a few other people following the CPD23 course in Oxford, and it was especially reassuring to find that they were behind with the programme as well!   The Library Bee and  Charlie’s 23 Things are two blogs from Oxford library staff and part time UWE students who I met at the meet-up.  It was interesting to hear about their experiences of library school, dissertation topics and how their careers have progressed after the traineeship – especially interested in Charlie’s job as an information specialist for the NHS, as it sounds quite different from traditional library work!

I’m going to leave the blog post here for now, but I shall return with ‘Thing 7’ part 2, as I realise I haven’t touched on joining professional networks like CILIP – so far, I’ve stuck with free networking opportunities!  But I finally got round to printing out the joining form for CILIP this week, so watch this space…


Confused by LinkedIn: Thing 6 (online networks)

A couple of weeks ago, the Bodleian trainees had a useful training session at the university careers centre.  As well as tips for writing CVs and practice interview questions, there was an introduction to LinkedIn – how best to use it, how to make sure you appeared in Google search results and why you shouldn’t link your Twitter account to it if you’re going to post inane comments about sandwiches.  Our careers adviser, who was very good, was a fan of LinkedIn, even if it was just in terms of having a professional CV floating around out there online.  She made the point that when you’re applying for jobs you have to fiddle around with your CV, removing and adding things in order to tailor it to the specific position you want.  The LinkedIn CV can be broader if you want it to be, listing everything you’ve done, as well as skills you have, groups you’re involved in and so on.  She wasn’t so keen on the actual social networking aspects of LinkedIn, although she advised us to use it to find other people online if we were jobhunting or trying to find someone to ask for work experience.

I came away from the session determined to create a LinkedIn account, especially with the added incentive of cpd23 Thing 6.  And I have indeed created one.  But so far I’m not very enthusiastic about it!  It may be that I haven’t quite grasped its full potential, but it just doesn’t seem as user friendly as some other networks.

1. It just doesn’t look very nice.  This may be fussy, but profiles on other networks are a lot more aesthetically pleasing – even my actual hard copy CV looks smarter than a LinkedIn profile.

2. I don’t understand the social code of LinkedIn when it comes to making connections.  Unlike Twitter, it seems to be that you are only supposed to ‘connect’ to people if you know them quite well, so therefore the only people I’ve felt comfortable about adding are my colleagues at the library, and a couple of fellow trainees I’ve got to know quite well at conferences.  Although they are lovely people, I’m not sure I really need to see their CVs, and if I want to talk to them I can always talk to them on Twitter (or in real life).  If anyone else knows the unwritten rules of connecting on LinkedIn, I would be pleased to hear them.

3. I find it a bit scary that LinkedIn knows so many ‘people I may know’, and therefore I imagine I (and my photo) am coming up on other people’s homepages too.  As this is the only time I’ve decided to use my real name, I am still slightly uneasy about it.

4. For some reason, it seems to be recommending jobs to me, but not ones that are actually useful.  There are plenty of other ways to find useful library and info jobs online – no, I don’t want to be a graduate trainee analyst or a call centre assistant, thank you.

Anyway, I have added a few of my colleagues, just to see what happens, and have joined the groups recommended in the cpd23 post.  Hopefully I can explore them in the next few days.  I’m not 100% convinced I will keep my profile, especially after the recent security breach, but I will give it another chance before I make a decision.

Onto friendlier networks… Twitter…

I’ve already written about Twitter in a previous post, and it’s probably my favourite online network at the moment.  I think this is partly because it’s the one network which has enough library and info people engaged with it to make it a valuable resource. It’s all very well to have forums, but they easily fall out of use if not enough people use them regularly.

I like the fact that on Twitter you definitely are allowed to follow people you don’t know, just because they look like interesting librarians, and it is even fine to start a conversation with those people.  I have heard about many things on Twitter that I wouldn’t have done otherwise – Libcamp Brunel, CILIP New Professionals Day, CPD23 itself – all things that have really enriched my graduate trainee experience and caused me to become more enthusiastic about librarianship.

I have even used Twitter usefully at work today, in order to search for what people are saying about replacements for the Meebo instant messaging widget, which has been bought out and discontinued by Google.  Searching for the #Meebo hashtag brought up comments and links to blogs and articles about other IM clients, and I got a couple of replies from other information professionals about their experiences with Meebo replacements, which I can usefully take back to my colleagues.

I have to say that not all of Twitter is useful – I have had to unfollow a few people who tweet a lot about their personal lives (this is OK on Facebook, but I find it odd to read so much about the lives of people I’ve never met).  But for the most part, I’d give Twitter the top marks for online networking, and will definitely continue to tweet for a while longer.

… and Facebook

Like most Thing 6 blogs I’ve read, I’ve decided to keep Facebook personal and private.  I really appreciate it – I’ve moved so many times that I’ve got friends scattered every which way, and I don’t think I’d keep up with them if I didn’t have Facebook.  I’ve had a look at the CILIP page, and other library pages, but I’m not going to use them for networking.

While we’re on Facebook though, I think this is a great example of a library page.  It’s St Hughs College Library in Oxford, and I think the use of photos and the new timeline format makes it look really smart and professional!

LISNPN and Librarians as Teachers

As a new graduate trainee in September, the staff development team at the Bodleian recommended that we checked out LIS New Professionals network, and I found the Graduate Trainees forum really interesting – it was the first time I’d heard what was happening in the world of libraries outside of Oxford, and I went to a trainee gathering in London organised through it, where I met a few people that I’m still in touch with, and have seen at other events.  There was also a really successful trainee trip to Oxford organised through LISNPN – I showed a large and enthusiastic group of visitors round the Law Library, and I think everyone enjoyed seeing the different Oxford libraries.

I haven’t been on LISNPN for a while, and it doesn’t seem to be hugely active, but I explored it a bit for Thing 6, and particularly like the downloadable resources.  Anonymous reviews of the MA courses are a really good idea, as well as other good advice.  There’s a new thread to discuss the future plans of this year’s cohort of trainees, which I’ve posted in, and am interested to hear other people’s experiences.  The jobs and placements section also sounds really useful.

Finally, my role at the moment doesn’t involve any teaching, but I know that it’s a skill that more and more academic librarians need, so I look forward to looking at Librarians as Teachers Network at a later date!

Next up – leaving the virtual world behind and meeting face to face…

Oxford CPD23 meet-up: Wednesday 13th June

Dear fellow Oxford based CPD23-ers,

This is just to let you know that there is an Oxford CPD23 gathering on Wednesday 13th June from 5.15 at the Mitre on the High Street.  Anyone is welcome to come along, whether you’re following the course or not – it will be nice to meet some other Oxford library folks!

Many thanks to Lizzie (library_lizzie) for organising it – here is a link to her blogpost.

Hope to see some of you there!

Mirror mirror on the wall: exploring reflective practice (Thing 5)

Reflections in a sculpture at Chatsworth House

After pondering on the nature of the wonky reflections pictured above, I created a little diagram  which I think demonstrates how NOT to be a good reflective practitioner, or indeed, any kind of practitioner.  It stemmed from considering the art of reflective practice, and the bad habits that form from not reflecting enough, over-reflecting to the point of inactivity and reflecting in the wrong kind of way.   Although everything on the chart is exaggerated for effect (honestly), they are all tendencies I sometimes find myself veering towards when faced with a challenging task.

Bad habits caused by too little / too much reflection.

For me, becoming a good reflective practitioner would mean avoiding falling into that cycle as much as possible.  From reading the links that the cpd23 blog helpfully provided, the actual theory seems fairly simple:

Greenaway 1995

Reflective Practice and Me

Ideally, I should be reflecting on things I do, identifying what went well, and what didn’t go so well, and working out ways I could do better next time, and then using this new understanding to prepare for my next task.  Simple!  And hopefully an excellent way of not falling into the traps pictured above.

I have not carried out much formal reflective practice in the past – the closest I’ve come to it is filling in my annual review at the Law Library, which was useful in that it helped me to reflect on what I had achieved in my trainee year, and how I felt about it.  However, this involved a bit of mental gymnastics, as I had to dredge through my mind to review a whole year’s worth of work.  Some of the best advice about reflective practice seems to be to get your thoughts down in writing quickly so that you can remember clearly what happened and what your gut reaction to the event was.  Forcing myself to do this will be useful, as I often plan to write a diary entry or a blog post about something – a conference that I’ve attended, a talk that I’ve seen or a book that I’ve read – and never get round to it until a few months later, when my initial memories have faded and I don’t remember exactly how I felt at the time.

More good advice is that you should act on what you’ve reflected about.  Although running over events in your head or on a blog may be beneficial to you, it’s no good if you don’t try and apply what you’ve learnt next time you do a similar task.  I think that must be one of the hardest parts of reflective practice – I find it easy to waffle on about my thoughts, but changing my behaviour is another matter!

Reflective Practice at the University of Sheffield

Next year I am going to be studying for my MA Librarianship at the University of Sheffield.  From what I’ve heard, Sheffield is very hot on reflective practice, which scares me a little, as I’m not sure it should be something that ought to be given a grade, but other Sheffield students have said that they found it quite useful.  Here is a blog post by a tutor at Sheffield, all about teaching reflective practice.


The main problem I can see with reflective practice is quite simply lack of time.  When I write, I tend to write a lot – new ideas always occur to me half way through – and reflecting in writing on everything that I do at work would take up a great deal of time.  Although I’m only a trainee, I’ve heard a lot about CILIP Chartership, and one of the main difficulties seems to be fitting writing up reflective practice evidence into already busy work and home lives.  I suppose it’s probably best to be selective, and choose the things you think you can learn the most from.

Another problem would be that I wouldn’t want to reflect publicly on this blog about my paid work – it’s not particularly secret but it just seems quite unprofessional.  I would prefer to keep a private reflective practice diary for that, and use the blog to reflect on the wider profession.

Reflecting on CPD23 so far

Taking a few moments to think back over the last few weeks, I would say that I have got a lot out of the CPD23 course already.  I am already falling behind by a week, but I feel that as long as I keep myself to within a couple of weeks of where we’re up to I’m not in danger of giving up completely.  However, if I get too far behind I think I might lose motivation.  I am pleased with my blog as a personal record of my thoughts – with the added bonus of other people reading and commenting, and have enjoyed reading and commenting on other people’s blogs.  It has made me realise that there is always room for professional development, no matter what stage of your career you’re at, and has given me a valuable insight into what career options there are out there.  More practically, it has introduced me to useful web tools such as Storify, Scoop.it and Google Reader – and even little, simple things such as how to add a picture to a WordPress blog.  This week’s topic has encouraged me to write down some of the tasks I’m undertaking at work and as part of the graduate trainee scheme, both so I can reflect on them and to provide evidence for when I am writing job applications in future.

In terms of acting on my reflections, I will try and catch up with everyone else this week, and I will make the effort to comment on a few more posts (it’s always rewarding to get a comment).  I will continue to investigate the new online tools I’ve discovered, and I will start a private reflective journal to note down some of my feelings about the work I do at the Bodleian.  I’d also like to use this blog as a way of reflecting on any good training sessions/ events/ conferences that I am lucky enough to be able to go on.  Although I might not have time to reflect on absolutely everything, I hope that the attempt will be of some use.


In the interests of fiddling around with my newly-discovered web tools, I have created a Scoop.it page full of useful articles about reflective practice.  Some are very education based – teachers seem to have to do a lot of compulsory reflection – but are still interesting and relevant to librarianship.  Enjoy reflecting everybody!

Workhouse grub and the effects of tight lacing: Dickens and his World


Dickens and his World: Bodleian exhibition 2nd June-28th October

One of the best things about working in Oxford this year has been the free exhibitions that the Bodleian put on in their Exhibition Room.  First it was Treasures of the Bodleianwhere you could see items as diverse as Shakespeare’s First Folio, a handwritten draft of a Wilfred Owen poem and a fourteenth century bestiary filled with strange and wonderful creatures.  Next was Romance of the Middle Ages, which showcased manuscripts from the late Middle Ages (Sir Gawain, King Arthur etc.) and how they had influenced art and literature throughout history.  The exhibitions were fantastic – created with great care and very informative – and all free, to everyone.

So I was pleased to hear that the third exhibition of the year, Dickens and his World had opened this Saturday, and I went eagerly along to see it.

The Bodleian Exhibition Room has to be kept very dark – I assume to protect the books and manuscripts – so it took a while for my eyes to focus, but the exhibits themselves were well lit, and you could see and read everything perfectly well.  The exhibits were kept in a number of glass cases, and backed by information boards and blown up pictures.  Visitors could wander round as they liked, and there was a small counter where you could buy postcards and guides.

You would think that a Dickens exhibition could really only involve books, and there were a few cases of books – some early editions, some open to show illustrations by Phiz and some publications that are not well known in the Dickens canon.  One that amused me was The Village Coquettes, a comic operetta published in 1836, and which was placed open on a page where a young female character sings about how old people have forgotten the fun of flirtation!

However, books were definitely not the only things on show – for a start, Dickens’ works weren’t initially published in book form.  They came out in installments, leaving audiences with cliffhanger endings waiting for the next serial part. The Bodleian, as a legal deposit library, got all the serial parts.  Unfortunately, conscientious librarians at the time bound them all together, and the library had to end up buying back the front covers when they realised what historical value they would have!  They were on show in the exhibition with covers restored.

But the majority of exhibits had, in fact, come from the wonderful John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemerawhich collects historical ephemera such as theatre bills, adverts and leaflets.  It has been partly digitised and is available free in the UK to all higher ed institutions and public libraries.  Well worth a look if you have access!  Although designed to be ‘ephemeral’ in their very nature, preserved in this way such items give a fascinating insight into daily life.

In the exhibition, a whole wall of playbills showed us some very fast-and-loose nineteenth century adaptations of Dickens’ works – some apparently put on even before Dickens had finished the story!  Characters were plucked out of the novels and given their own star billing – the sad story of Little Em’ly (from David Copperfield) for instance, looked like it had received some rave reviews.

One of my favourite exhibits was a carefully constructed cardboard theatre.  I used to have a similar kind of one as a child, but this one was set up with the scene from Oliver Twist where Bill Sykes brutally murders Nancy – Victorian children were obviously quite hardy.  It is amazing how such items have been preserved in the library for all this time.

Many of the displays dealt with different aspects of Dickens’ world – the railways for instance, and the workhouse.  On show were the pamphlets published to advise workhouses how much food each inmate should be given (not much), and a terrible diatribe about the perils of putting unmarried mothers in the same room as ‘respectable’ women.   In the ‘Diversions of London’ case a leaflet advertised an ‘anatomical waxworks’ display, which proudly claimed to show such disgusting wonders as a waxwork undergoing a Cesarean section, and a waxwork demonstrating the ‘evil effects of Tight Lacing’.  Forerunners of the Channel 4 documentary methinks!

Of course, in a Dickens exhibition we can’t forget his actual writing – there were quotes from his novels to complement the items from the John Johnson Collection, and in the corner you could sit and listen with headphones to longer passages.

As a literature and history fan, and also as someone who would be really interested in working in special collections and library exhibitions in a future life, it has been great to see how the Bodleian exhibits its special collections, and I would recommend anyone in Oxford to go and take a look.

Thing 4: Twitter, RSS and Storify

I’m a little bit behind with CPD23 already, and I blame my own weak will and the weather for it.  An important discovery I’ve made is that the more sun we have, the less interest I have in social media of all forms.  Luckily (and this relates to Thing 4 – Twitter) it doesn’t actually matter if you miss out on a few days of Twitter – there will still be a lovely stream of information drifting by when you get back, and you can often catch up on the more important things through retweets and blog posts.  However, English weather has reasserted itself in full form, and as I’m trying at all costs to avoid any mention of our beloved monarch on her special day, here I am trying to catch up!


I’d heard of Twitter a long time before I decided to create an account for myself.  Like a lot of people, I couldn’t really see the point of it – not that I didn’t like to update people on the inane details of my life/ opinions on certain Daily Mail writers, but that was what Facebook was for.  It was only when I started investigating graduate traineeships that I realised how useful Twitter could be as a professional tool.  I joined in July last year, and tweeted my pleasure that Brighton and Hove Jubilee Library had opened a cafe (something I am still pleased about, even though I have moved away from Brighton – it is an awesome public library).  At that time, I was really only tweeting to an audience of one – my cousin Douglas, who is not a librarian but tweets very entertainingly about theatrical goings on.  Because of this, I found that I didn’t have much to tweet myself, but followed some of the recommendations I found on people’s library blogs (@theREALwikiman, @Philbradley etc) and some institutions and organisations (CILIP, the British Library).  I used Twitter as a useful source of library news, job adverts and conference recommendations.

Here is my Twitter profile now.  As you can see, I do tweet a little bit more now, and not always about libraries.  I do try and keep it less daily-life driven than my Facebook though!

Emily's Twitter

My beautiful profile!

I have managed to build up 128 followers, which seems like a fair amount, although some other library tweeters have a following of thousands!  I found the best way to find people to follow has been through attending conferences such as Libcamp Brunel and the more recent CILIP New Professionals Day.  I like the way you can search by the hashtag for an event and find who is attending, and what people are saying about it.  It’s also useful if you can’t actually make it to an event, but want to find out what’s going on anyway.

Here I was going to link to a really interesting blog post I read about the unwritten rules and societal codes of Twitter, but I’ve just spent ten minutes looking for it and I can’t find it anywhere, or remember who wrote it or where I first saw it!  I feel that this is actually a good lesson, as it shows I need to start saving interesting links and tweets somewhere I can easily put my hands on them.  I shall make that my task to take away from this week, but if any one else knows which post I mean, a link to it would be appreciated!  In the meantime, here is a useful Twitter advice post that I can remember.

From reading other people’s CPD23 blogs about Twitter, it is clear that the best advice is that you can’t possibly read all of the tweets all of the time.  And to be honest, you really don’t need to.  I would say that even the most high profile tweeters that I follow only devote about 50% of their time to useful library related things – there are a lot of conversations about lunch, about knitting, about running and generally normal human stuff that I don’t have to pay a huge amount of attention to (except if it’s nearly lunchtime, and then it makes me hungry).  That’s where I find hashtags and retweets really useful – if something is important, it will probably be retweeted, and if I want an overview of what people are saying about #cpd23 or #uklibchat or #cilipnpd12, I can just search the hashtag when I get back from work.

I’ve heard lots of people recommend Hootsuite and Tweetdeck as a good way of managing your Twitter feed, so I set up a Hootsuite account as part of my work for Thing 4.


A bewildering array of lists!

I set up different tabs reflecting my different interests – one for libraries, one for feminism/LGBT related news, and one about general cultural happenings.  The screenshot is the Libraries tab; I’ve organised some of the most informative library tweeters into one list and some institutions into another.  Then I’ve run searches for the hashtag #cpd23 and #uklibchat for the other two lists.  I think the hashtag generated ones work best – unfortunately, and through no fault of their own, my useful library tweeters all know each other and therefore all you really get on that list are conversations that they are having among themselves!

Hootsuite looks very impressive, and I like the idea of different lists.  However, for the moment I think I prefer the simplicity of the main Twitter feed – so many lists make me stressed!  I shall come back to it if I find Twitter getting too unwieldy in future though.


I have to admit that RSS was always a bit of a mystery to me, so I ignored it.  Happily, I’ve discovered that it’s actually simple and useful – I’ve set up a Google Reader account and used it to follow lots of blogs.  It’s great to have them all in one place and to be alerted whenever a new post comes up.  I don’t think I would be able to follow as many blogs if I didn’t use Google Reader.  It’s also useful to be able to sort the blogs you follow into groups – and I may have alphebetized them within the groups in a nerdy librarian way.


Storify is a new discovery for me, and I really like it!  I love the drag-and-drop simplicity of it, and I think it might be a useful way of saving all the tweets and blog posts about a specific topic, as well as creating pretty ‘stories’ for other people.  I particularly like the way you can add your own ‘narration’ in between the boxes you’ve pulled in from other social media platforms.

Annie created some excellent stories about the talks at CILIP New Professionals day, which summed up the talks and other people’s opinions of them.  Here is her Storify of Phil Bradley’s talk.   YiWen has also created an interesting Storify for her CPD23 post about the Glasgow Women’s Library – an institution I’d love to visit some day!

I don’t feel I really have anything particularly useful to make a story about yet, but as I wanted to get to grips with the tool, I made one about LibCamp Leeds – an event that I sadly couldn’t make it to, but which I read about on Twitter.  I hope I can look back at it and find it useful in future.  Here it is, for your general edification – my next task is to work out how to embed Storify in my blog, as I see some people have.  So much to learn!


I have just read an article in the paper about the new Wifi provision in some London tube stations, where the writer enthusiastically claimed that this was so you could ‘tweet your journey’ if you so wished.  Now, I may be missing something here, but one thing we surely don’t want to read are people’s tweets about their daily commutes!  Stick to libraries (and lunch) folks, and we’ll all be happy ;-).