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Twitter for Researchers

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How can you use Twitter successfully as a researcher?

How can you use Twitter successfully as a researcher?

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  • 1. Twitter for ResearchersEmma Thompson or...@LibraryEmma@LivUniLibrary (with others)
  • 2. Go to http://twitter.com/search Try searching for “liverpool university”
  • 3. Choose a name• Not too long – makes it hard for others to retweet your messages• Use capitals to break up your name @LivUniLibrary• Photo/Logo essential
  • 4. Send some tweets• A link to a website you find useful, “I’m just testing twitter” ...whatever• People are more likely to follow you if you are an “active” user
  • 5. 3. Follow!It’s not stalking, honest...Follow colleagues, institutions, funders –the library... and see who they follow Many will follow you back
  • 6. Managing TwitterCreate Columns for :different accounts (personal and institutional)search terms e.g. “sydney jones”Hashtags for conferences, themes etc #phdchat
  • 7. Is Twitter increasing impact? “altmetrics” Altmetric Bookmarklet for Chrome, FireFox and Safari http://www.altmetric.com/book marklet.php
  • 8. Could Social Media “buzz” increase citations?Eysenbach GCan Tweets Predict Citations? Metrics of Social Impact Based onTwitter and Correlation with Traditional Metrics of ScientificImpactJ Med Internet Res 2011;13(4):e123URL: http://www.jmir.org/2011/4/e123/doi: 10.2196/jmir.2012PMID: 22173204
  • 9. Hashtags• Click to follow them e.g. #phdchat• Make your own – e.g. for a conference• Sometimes used for emphasis
  • 10. Sharing LinksHootSuite, Tweetdeck and now Twitter.comshorten links automatically
  • 11. Over to you...Create an account onhttp://www.twitter.com• Search for Key Journals/Institutions/People in your area and follow
  • 12. Thanks... Any Questions?emma.thompson@liv.ac.ukimage from twittermoma.jpg
  • 13. Want to know more?LSE Social Media Blog http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/201 1/09/29/twitter-guide/Prof. Dorothy Bishop, Oxford (Developmental Neuropsychology)http://deevybee.blogspot.com/2011/06/gentle- introduction-to-twitter-for.htmlMore links and blogs:http://www.scoop.it/t/twitter-for-academics

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