I'm bit late this week taking my tour of the responses to this week's Tuesday Thingers question. For those who missed this week's question here it is: Why LT? Why did you choose to open and maintain an LT account? Do you/did you use other online cataloging/social networking sites, like GoodReads or Shelfari? Do you use more than one? Are they different or do they serve different purposes?
This week's responses weren't much of surprise ~ the 29 of us that responded are dedicated addicts of Librarything. The Tuesday Thingers meme, hosted by Maire at The Boston Bibliophile, came about because of a thread started as part of the Early Reviewers Group. We all basically signed up for the same reason which is to catalogue our libraries whether they be physical or virtual and LT is really, really good at their main objective. Over time though it's become a wonderful community of the book obsessed that offers many opportunities to socialize, join groups (book related or not), sign up for ARCs/AREs, browse recommendations, write reviews. I can tell you're getting the idea and you're tempted to check it out and sign up for your own LT account if you don't already have one.
After the first of the new year LT launched a cool new feature LT Local (LT down, can't link). LT Local is driven by LTers who enter information on bookstores, author signings, book fairs and all things related in their local city/area. If you're looking for a book related event in your city this is the place to stop by and check out the happenings. If you're traveling on vacation or business and need a book fix enter your destination city and there you go.
As to other book cataloguing or social sites some of us weren't familiar with Shelfari or Goodreads. If LTers did have accounts for these other sites they appeared to have been using them to socialize and meet up with friends. In some cases maintaining other sites have fallen by the wayside. And, for some of us, we couldn't even remember our IDs and passwords.
** To those of you who visit this site thank you. Rest assured I pay visits and read blogs I'm just not very comfortable leaving comments. **