Twitter for AcademicResearchKaren Gregory@claudiakincaidJustPublics365CUNY Graduate Center
Introduction Welcome What are hoping to learn today? What experience have you had with Twitter? This isn’t necessarily about conducting research about those on Twitter. We will not cover IRB issues.
What is Twitter? An online service that lets you answer the question: What are you doing? Why would we want to answer this question? As researchers? Graduate students? Faculty? What am I doing?http://www.techterms.com/definition/twitt er
Twitter Basics: A Tour You need an account There are multiple clients (i.e. TweetDeck) Using your real name/photo? 140 characters #Hashtags Retweets (RT or MT @claudiakincaid) Following/Followers Searching for people & topics Creating lists
Finding Others and Disseminating Your Work To find others: ◦ Who is on Twitter? http://www.pewresearch.org/2013/03/04/t witter-reaction-to-events-often-at-odds- with-overall-public-opinion/ ◦ How can we find them? ◦ What are they doing there? ◦ Do I care?
“Eavesdropping” & Visualizing Research suggests that “eavesdropping” on Twitter can itself be productive. What are other’s reading? Writing about? Oh, who’s that? Seeing your audience: Mention Maphttp://mentionmapp.com/beta/classic/in dex.php#user-claudiakincaid
Stats, stats, and more statsTools to visualize and search:http://twittertoolsbook.com/10-awesome-twitter-analytics- visualization-tools/http://tweetreach.com/http://topsy.com/thebillfold.com/2013/02/we-ask-that-you-do-not- call-us-professor/?infonly=1And, for keeping your Tweets:http://twdocs.com(Smithsonian Museum is also archiving)
Disseminating Your Work A little trickier here because you must participate Be a person, not a company Have a voice, an opinion Talk to others, engage in conversation Also, be kind, thank people (citation here) Ask questions START BLOGGING Share your publications, works in progress, upcoming talks Deborah Lupton as case study:http://sydney.edu.au/research/spotlight/lupton.s html