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Social networking for researchers



Date: 22nd February 2012

Date: 22nd February 2012
Find out how you can use social media to your advantage in the world of research.



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  • Facebook network image by sociomantic on Flickr Social Networking for ResearchersGSMZ Workshop - 22 February 2012 Terese Bird, Learning Technologist, University of Leicester With thanks to Emma Kimberley for prior work on this presentation
  • What will we talk about?• Digital scholar• Twitter• Facebook•• Google+• LinkedIn•• SlideShare• Pinterest• Flickr, YouTube Photo by Andy Siitonen on Flickr
  • Digital Scholarship• Publicity is necessary• You already have a digital profile• Networking can’t always be face-to-face Photo by Tony Hall on Flickr• Research life often means travel, periods of absence, working from home etc• Important to maintain a network even at these times…• …or even just when working alone at computer rather than in a team• Many traditionally solitary academic activities are now becoming more sociable thanks to web 2.0
  • Twitter: What it does • Microblog • Short posts (140 chs) • Shows ‘followers’ your posts • You can see posts of people you followFrom flickr: inju
  • Glossary• Tweet – post on Twitter• Retweet (RT) – you are passing on someone else’ tweet to your followers• Follow / followers• Hashtag # - events, topics• @ - put it right before the person’s username, then they know you are talking From Flickr: rosauro ochoa to them
  • What it looks like Use it on • Computer • Smartphone • Dumbphone • iPod touchFlickr: Johann Larsson • iPad/any tablet
  • What academics use it for• Publicise your work and events• Finding others in your field• Sharing links and ideas• Peer support• Following conferences and events at a distance• ‘Amplification’ of events attended• A source of regular information from journals, Flickr: stevegarfield research councils etc…
  • Personal/professional profileYou might wish to have two separate profilesFollow people who tweet what you want to read aboutRemember your followers when you tweetRecords of tweets don’t stay long but……indiscreet tweeting can cause embarassment!
  • Step 1Go to www.twitter.comChoose a username and sign up * Can be your real name, or a pseudonym *Give thought to your profile and photo
  • Step 2Find people to follow: Follow @gsmz @BDMediaZoo and @tbirdcymru• Click on Who to Follow, type in someone’s name who you think might be on Twitter• When you follow someone valuable, look at who they are following• Search by interest – type your field into search• Search organisations• Try: journals, publishers, libraries, associations, universities, researchers….
  • Step 2 continued…@lamilonguera - English@gconole - elearning@jobadge – PGCE student@uniofleicester@UoLLRA@UoLDWL@timeshighered@thesiswhispererSee list!
  • Step 3Follow events and #phdchatconversations using #phdemotionhashtags: #750words #dr11• Search using the hashtag to find twitter Our hashtag is #gsmz12 stream• Use the hashtag in your own related posts
  • Top tips• Shorten links:• Retweet things you find interesting• Reply to tweets• Want to meet face to face? Organise a “tweet-up”.
  • Now tweet something!• Using the hashtag  Reply to tweets you find #gsmz12 tweet interesting1. A description of your  Retweet things your research followers will like2. Your best tip for other researchers3. How you relax when you’re not researching!
  • More things you can doUse twitter from your phoneGive some thought to your profileDownload a twitter client (tweetdeck, twhirl…)Add twitter app to facebook:Upload pictures (twitpic, twitgoo…)
  • Even more things…Use twitter to update facebook with selective tweets:Link a facebook page to twitter:
  • FacebookPage – good for events invitationsGroup – good for collaboration
  • You can see whosearched for you, whatsearch terms theyused, and where theysearched for you, andfrom what country!
  • Which will you try?…And why? Photo courtesy of daniel_iverson on Flickr Thank you!