Found this post today:
Today OCLC Innovation Lab announced a new trial service, #Ask4Stuff<http://community.oclc.org/cooperative/2010/06/sometimes-the-internet-is-just-not-big-enough-for-me.html> . It is a very simple tool for using twitter to find “stuff” within WorldCat. Here are instructions on using provided by OCLC:
#Ask4Stuff is a new, Twitter-based service that returns a WorldCat search when you send a tweet with the tag #Ask4Stuff. So if you send the following tweet:
#Ask4Stuff lake erie shipwreck
You’ll get a tweet back that says something like:
@YOURNAME A few things about lake erie shipwreck in #Ask4Stuff, check out http://is.gd/cY7gi Where the link then takes you to the WorldCat.org search result for “lake erie shipwreck.”
You can even localize the result to a WorldCat Local instance by including the Local library name as another hash tag.
#Ask4Stuff #OSU lake erie shipwreck
I have been playing with it and find it quite easy to use. Here are some examples:
I send “#ask4stuff #TC3 au: hemingway, ernest” via Twitter and get the following back:
Ask4Stuff @BillDrew4 A wide and varied collection of au: hemingway, ernest in #Ask4Stuff at #TC3, look here: http://purl.org/wct/418
The result is a list of works by Ernest Hemingway including books and magazine articles in the TC3 version of WorldCat Local.
You can use other search strategies as well. Here is one for a title search of Where the Wild Things Are within TC3 WorldCat Local:
#ask4stuff #TC3 ti:where the wild things are The resulting reply gives you a rich set of results:
Ask4Stuff @BillDrew4 Not a bad collection of ti:where the wild things are in #Ask4Stuff at #TC3, check out http://is.gd/d27ZW Phrase searching works quite well, too. Here is one I did:
#ask4stuff “not just cows”
Here are the results:
Ask4Stuff @BillDrew4 We found something on “not just cows” in #Ask4Stuff, check out http://is.gd/d28vZ Many may ask,”Why do this?” This may be useful. it is outside the box. It also give you a way to do quick searches and share the results with others via Twitter. OCLC Innovation Lab is to be commended for this effort. Innovative and fun to use!!
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Posted By Bill Drew to Baby Boomer Librarian<http://babyboomerlibrarian.blogspot.com/2010/06/ask4stuff-via-twitter-from-worldcat.html> at 6/24/2010 10:01:00 AM _____