Developing Web Presence Candidature


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Should you develop a web presence during candidature? Will it help my writing? Will it help my academic and professional networking? What free tools can I try out to start with?

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Developing Web Presence Candidature

  1. 1. Developing a Web Presence During Candidature 31 March 2010 Dr Tama Leaver [email_address] Twitter: @tamaleaver Image by
  2. 2. Five Questions About You <ul><li>Who knows what results turn up when you Google (search) your own name? </li></ul><ul><li>Who reads blogs relevant to their research? </li></ul><ul><li>Who writes a blog? </li></ul><ul><li>Who has a Facebook profile? </li></ul><ul><li>Who uses Twitter? </li></ul><ul><li>… and what do you want to get out of this seminar? </li></ul>Image by
  3. 3. Outline <ul><li>Why have a Web Presence? </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs (and Wikis) </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networks (like Facebook) </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter! </li></ul><ul><li>Answering (Lots of) Your Questions </li></ul>Image by
  4. 4. [1] Why have a Web Presence?
  5. 5. Image courtesy of Paul Watson . Why have a Web Presence? <ul><li>To exist , to share and to discuss … </li></ul><ul><li>So people can find you. </li></ul><ul><li>So people can find your topic (and then you). </li></ul><ul><li>To share and get feedback on your ideas as they develop </li></ul><ul><li>To share resources and insights (and have them shared right back!) </li></ul><ul><li>To be part of your scholarly area </li></ul><ul><li>To be part of the larger online postgraduate community (it’s less lonely with PhD Comics ) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Image courtesy of Paul Watson . Before you start … <ul><li>Decide what you want to say or do with your web presence! </li></ul><ul><li>How ‘professional’ or personal will your web presence be? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are you writing for? </li></ul><ul><li>How often are you going to write for it? </li></ul><ul><li>How often will you check your comments (or deal with spam)? </li></ul>
  7. 7. [2] Blogs (and Wikis)
  8. 8. Blogs: the Practicals ... <ul><li>What is a blog? ( My blog .) </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger: </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress: </li></ul><ul><li>The Academic Blog Portal: </li></ul>Image by
  9. 9. Blogs: a few examples … <ul><li>Gwyneth’s ‘ Groteskology’ (UWA postgrad) </li></ul><ul><li>Tim’s ‘…and then the world’ (QUT postgrad) </li></ul><ul><li>Jason Mittell’s ‘Just TV’ </li></ul><ul><li>Melissa Gregg’s ‘Home Cooked Theory’ </li></ul>Image by
  10. 10. Readings Blogs (and other websites) <ul><li>RSS (Really Simple Syndication) </li></ul><ul><li>Separates the form and content , so updated content can come to you! </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Readers (aka Aggregators) eg Google Reader </li></ul>
  11. 11. Wikis <ul><li>What’s a wiki? </li></ul><ul><li>PB Works: </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki Spaces: </li></ul><ul><li>Eg Mark Pegrum’s E-Language </li></ul>Image by
  12. 12. [3] Social Networks (like Facebook)
  13. 13. Social Networks (aka Facebook) <ul><li>Decide in advance which social networks are just social and which will include academic networking and sharing! </li></ul><ul><li>Use privacy settings and groups (not the whole world, all the time!). </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about PAGES and GROUPS – many academic groups and conferences have one! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Social Networks (aka Facebook) <ul><li>Don’t forget if you’ve used social networks for professional interaction, some things should never be shared … </li></ul>
  15. 15. Other examples <ul><li>Social Bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Eg Delicious </li></ul><ul><li>“ Professional” Social Networks </li></ul><ul><li>Eg LinkedIn </li></ul>
  16. 16. [4] Twitter!
  17. 17. Twitter? <ul><li>Micro-blogging? (eg @ tamaleaver ) </li></ul><ul><li>Quick sharing and commentary </li></ul><ul><li>Good in combination with other services (Eg Blogs) </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences: official twitter profiles, pre-conference discussions and #hastags </li></ul>
  18. 18. Twitter: Immediate Answers
  19. 19. Keep in mind … <ul><li>Strike the right balance for you. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging shouldn’t prevent time being spend on peer-reviewed publications! </li></ul><ul><li>Explore & pick tools that work best for your area. </li></ul><ul><li>Try things out, but don’t litter the web with dead profiles! </li></ul>Image courtesy of Balakov
  20. 20. Copyright? <ul><li>If you write it or make it, you have copyright over it, regardless of the medium. </li></ul><ul><li>Nevertheless, a statement of full copyright or a Creative Commons license, is a good idea. </li></ul><ul><li>DON’T use material that you haven’t got permission to re-use (eg don’t just pull any old image off Google’s Image Search for your web presence). </li></ul>
  21. 21. Questions or Comments? Feel free to comment later at