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How to use twitter to help promote your research

Welcome

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Twitter, the most popular microblogging site, is base around sending and receiving messages of 140 characters or less.  It has many potential uses for researchers, from listening in to what others are saying, holding conversations, keeping track of what's going on at conferences or meetings you would have loved to attend but couldn't, sharing information or ideas, promoting yourself or your research project. It has been used as a teaching tool and as a virtual conference platform and people are finding new ways of working with it all the time. You can search for organisations, people and topics.

Online guides to using twitter

There are lots of online guides available that explain how to get started and suggest ways of using this useful social networking tool. Some of the best are listed below.

What academics say about Twitter

"Beyond research, Twitter enables me to connect with the public, including current and potential students.  Because professors can be somewhat mysterious figures, I try to use Twitter not only to promote my research but also to express who I am as a person"

Quote by Professor Dan Smith from "Social media is more than simply a marketing tool for academic research"

How is Twitter useful for researchers?

  • To publicise research and to share ideas, news and breakthroughs
  • For soliciting comments on a toopic
  • For informing others about a new blog post
  • For connecting with others who have similar research interests.  The LSE has a list of academic tweeters by subject http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2011/09/02/academic-tweeters-your-suggestions-in-full/
  • It is also useful for building and maintaining your face to face networks: e.g., to keep contacts up to date with your latest achievements, and in a way that is much more natural than email
  • It can introduce you to new people with shared interests who you might otherwise never have met, even if you were at the same conference
  • For writing short reflective notes during an event that you are attending, which is also an opportunity to enhance your network
  • To search for specifice ideas using keyword searches (using hash tags #) on Twitter. e.g., this can help to reveal both what topics are being discussed and what Twitter users are actually saying about the topic
  • To keep up-to-date with research funding opportunities, calls for papers, projects, etc.  Many scientific and other academic institutions are using Twitter to broadcast news and calls
  • To participate in discussions with other postgraduate researchers using the hash-tag #phdchat (please see http://thesiswhisperer.com/join-the-thesis-whisperer-on-phdchat/) or #ECR (please see http://erchat.wordpress.com/)