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How can political scientists make use of social media to support their research, engage students and build a reputation beyond the field? I tackled these opportunities in a short course at the 2011 ...

How can political scientists make use of social media to support their research, engage students and build a reputation beyond the field? I tackled these opportunities in a short course at the 2011 meetings of the American Political Science Association. Find out more about the session, including a resource list, at http://alexlov.es/apsa2011

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  • Social media is….conversational
  • Social media engages multiple authors
  • Spectragram: where do you stand on this spectrum?
  • Spectragram: where do you stand on this spectrum?
  • Spectragram: where do you stand on this spectrum?
  • Use Google Reader to track news in your field, especially as blog fodder.
  • Use Helvetireader to make Google Reader look nicer.
  • Subscribe to a search on CFP “call for papers” [plus keywords to describe your area of research] to find publishing opportunities.
  • Use iGoogle to track top feeds you want to see instantly throughout the day, and make iGoogle your browser’s default home page.
  • Use Hootsuite to monitor Twitter.
  • Blogging to your poli sci colleagues: http://themonkeycage.org/
  • Blogging about teaching: http://pol102.tumblr.com/ (Note that tumblr is another site that makes it easy to set up a blog).
  • Blogging to your students: http://janniaragon.wordpress.com/
  • Memo to Brad DeLong: Economists can be smart and pretty. http://delong.typepad.com/
  • If you can grow a thick skin, having people hate you can actually be good for your blog, a lesson I learned by accident: http://alexlov.es/condi
  • Interdisciplinary blogging: http://crookedtimber.org/
  • An easy way to get started: Wordpress.com
  • Political scientists take to Twitter: http://twitter.com/drbekafigo
  • Sharing images from your research on Flickr.
  • Encourage students to adopt a Wikipedia topic/page and monitor it for errors. It’s a great way to engage them as participants in a knowledge community.
  • Monitoring your online conversations with HootSuite.
  • Track the backchannel tweets of the conference you’re at (or couldn’t attend), e.g. APSA: https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23APSA2011
  • Facebook can be a useful place for running professional communities of practice, but probably best for groups that want a personal connection or informal tone.
  • LinkedIn can help you find colleagues or research subjects by using trusted relationships to connect.
  • A LinkedIn search shows everyone at (or graduated from) a given university. (Tip: filter by “Company:CURRENT” to limit to people who are at the university now, and “Title:PROFESSOR” to just see faculty members.)
  • Participedia.org (this is a sneak peek at its future incarnation) is a global community for researchers interested in democratic innovation and participation.
  • The new Participedia will let you search cases by country and other characteristics.
  • Use Evernote to organize all your notetaking in one place.
  • Stop using your browser’s “favorites” and use delicious.com to store all your bookmarks online.
  • Use delicious to see what other people are bookmarking in your area(s) of research, and you’ll stay up-to-date on the latest must-reads.
  • Keep an eye out for people who are frequently bookmarking in the same area as you, and see what else they’ve stored that could be useful. Or reach out and say hi! This could be your next collaborator.
  • Choose a unique tag for your bookmarks on a given project and build a common resource library with your collaborators.
  • Use basecamp (http://basecamphq.com) to stay organized on complex projects with multiple collaborators.
  • Use Slideshare to share your lecture or conference presentations with colleagues and the public.
  • Build a wiki to share best practices in your university or field.
  • Use Zotero (a Firefox extension) or another bibliographic database to keep track of your sources and manage citations.

Social Media for Political Scientists Social Media for Political Scientists Presentation Transcript

  • Social Media for Political Scientists APSA 2011 Alexandra Samuel www.alexandrasamuel.com @awsamuel on Twitter Director Social + Interactive Media Centre Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • AGENDA
    • WHY SOCIAL MEDIA
    • MONITORING: Google Reader, iGoogle
    • STORYTELLING: WordPress, Facebook, Twitter
    • CONNECTING: LinkedIn, HootSuite
    • MANAGING: Evernote, Basecamp, Delicious
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  • social media in the classroom Incredibly distracting Incredibly enriching
  • social media will make political scientists world-changing intellectual powerhouses 140-character mental midgets
  • Your social media life today tweeting right now email sometimes
  • Monitoring
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    • Feed your research, teaching and publishing with:
    • information about emergent cases in your field
    • news and conversational hooks
    • awareness of your own reputation
    • images and videos to include in teaching
    Monitoring
  • Storytelling
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    • Build interest in your blog or tweets by:
    • adding photos to your blog or home page
    • running a contest
    • covering a live event
    • finding pictures for a print piece or web site
    Storytelling
  • Connecting
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    • find researchers and experts in your field
    • connect to policymakers
    • build trust with and among students
    • help media, policymakers and collaborators find you
    Connecting
  • Managing
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  • Zotero
    • Choose tools & tags that…
    • relate to your research or teaching
    • support your professional development
    • you use as a team
    • are “for:you”
    Managing
  • Get started
    • MONITORING: Google Reader, iGoogle
    • STORYTELLING: WordPress.com, Facebook, Twitter
    • CONNECTING: LinkedIn, HootSuite
    • MANAGING: Evernote, Basecamp, Delicious
  • Thank you
    • Alexandra Samuel
    • [email_address]
    @awsamuel