Tuesday Thingers: Comparing Libraries

Today’s question: Members who have your books. Do you ever look at this feature? Do you use it to make LT friends, or compare notes? There are three tabs- weighted, raw, and recent. “Weighted,” which means “weighted by book obscurity and library size” is probably the least self-explanatory of the three, whereas “raw” and “recent” are more so. Do you get any kind of use out of this feature?

 “Members With Your Books” isn’t really a feature I use very often.  Every so often, when I remember, I will look over at it, but mostly just to see which of my LT Friends and the people I interact with on Talk are on there and where.  Once or twice I have checked out some of the people who had the most books in commeon with me, but I haven’t done much about it.

Do you use this feature?  If you aren’t on LibraryThing, would you like to easily see who shares what books with you?

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7 comments to Tuesday Thingers: Comparing Libraries

  • I did use it a lot at the beginning, but not much lately. Will have to start again.

  • I have at least once or twice but honestly…aside from requesting ARC’s and adding stars and maybe a review, I’m rarely in there but once a month! I’d rather connect with other readers through something like shelfari.

    Farrah from…

  • I’ve used it a couple of times to check out libraries similar to mine. But all that really told me was that some people have libraries that are just as eclectic as mine is. Don’t think I would ever have thought of using the feature for anything else. And I’m still not sure what the difference is between all the different tab views.

  • Same here, I just like to see where people I know are on my rankings. I look at the other libraries sometimes, but I never really use it for anything.

  • Yeah don’t get that much use out of it, but it is interesting to glance at once in awhile.

  • I only look at the weighted tab, and only occasionally at that.

  • Seems I’m in a minority who like to check this feature frequently; however, I’m not so interested in ‘connecting’ with other readers who share the same books as I am in finding who shares what is for me the heart of my library. In other words, it’s easy to find people who share a lot of popular books or classics, but harder to find someone who has a large percentage of my favorite books on China or Japan. When I find such a person, I look at their reviews.