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Twitter: An Introduction for Researchers Glossary and Links Handout


This handout accompanies the slideset that was given to researchers wanting an introduction to twitter at La Trobe University. It has a list of links to resources and articles as well as a twitter …

This handout accompanies the slideset that was given to researchers wanting an introduction to twitter at La Trobe University. It has a list of links to resources and articles as well as a twitter glossary. The slideset is available at

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  • 1. Research Smart: Tweeting for Maximum Impact Glossary and Further Resources Twitter Glossary* Username/handle The name you have chosen for yourself. Choose something that is easy to remember, and isn’t too long @5t3g0s4ruZz_2013 is a bad one. Tweet A 140 character post. Retweet (RT) Sharing another person’s tweet, giving credit to the original author Modified Tweet (MT) Sharing another person’s tweet, adding your own comment Feed The list of tweets you’ll see from the people you’ve chosen to follow, with the addition of any retweets they have done. Mention Putting an @ symbol in front of someone’s username – when you use the @ symbol, it notifies the user that you have “mentioned” them. If this happens at the beginning of the tweet, only your followers who also follow the person being mentioned will see the tweet. If it happens anywhere else, everyone will see the tweet. If there is a “.” in front of the username, eg. .@ltulibrary, then everyone will see the tweet. Direct Message (DM) A private message that only the user you have messaged can see. Both parties have to be following each other for the message to be sent. Hashtag (#) A way of indicating that your tweet is part of a larger conversation, for example #auspol – the # means that Twitter makes the following word a link. Clicking the link will take you to a feed of tweets with that hashtag in them. Protected Account () A user who has made their tweets accessible to only people they have approved. Favourite () Clicking ‘Favourite’ creates a list of saved tweets to look at later, and these are publicly viewable. To see your favourite tweets, look here - A website for social media analysis. You can search by username, topic or hashtag and narrow by medium (Facebook/Twitter/etc) and dates. *With thanks to Kim Williams at the University of Technology Sydney Library.
  • 2. Further Resources Resources Mentioned in the PowerPoint • London School of Economics, Using Twitter in University Research, Teaching and Impact Activities: A Guide for Academics and Researchers Twitter_Guide_Sept_2011.pdf • The Impact of Social Media on the Dissemination of Research: Results of an Experiment, Journal of Digital Humanities social-media-on-the-dissemination-of-research-by-melissa-terras/ • What Does Twitter Have to Offer Academics? Mark Carrigan • Eysenbach, G 2011, “Can tweets predict citations? metrics of social impact based on twitter and correlation with traditional metrics of scientific impact”, Journal of Medical Internet Research, 13(4):e123, doi: 10.2196/jmir.2012 About Scholarly Tweeting • The effect of open access and downloads ('hits') on citation impact: a bibliography of studies • Developing indicators of the impact of scholarly communication is a massive technical challenge – but it’s also much simpler than that • Uses for Twitter across disciplines and throughout the scientific process, Lisa Federer • The role of Twitter in the life cycle of a scientific publication, Emily Darling, David Shiffman, Isabelle Cȏté, Joshua Drew Tips for Writing Tweets • The Thesis Whisperer: How to Tweet Like a Pro hJHfG9H9E/edit#slide=id.gf2264957_00 • How to Write the Perfect Tweet, • Getting Started with Twitter by Sarah Gallagher started-with-twitter-outwitterclass-6-13-0? twitter&utm_campaign=&awesm=sfy.co_qC38&utm_content=storify-pingback • Be Better at Twitter: The Definitive, Data-Driven Guide, The definitive-data-driven-guide/252273/ • Twitter 102: The Do’s and Don’ts of Twitter Writing • Tweet your research: A How-to Guide from Taylor and Francis Author Services