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Using social media for research handout

  1. 1. Using  Social  Media  For  Research  &  Researcher  Development  A  copy  of  the  slides  from  today’s  presentation  can  be  found  on  slideshare  and  can   be   accessed   at   -­‐   It   is   my   intention   for   the  training   session   to   be   as   interactive   as   possible   and   you   can   follow   the  activities  online  using  slide  share.     Log  in  details  for  today’s  session:   Blogging:   Username:  genericcontributor1   Password:  networkedentry     Twitter:   (If  you  don’t  already  have  a  twitter  account)   Username:  CAcademic   Password:  connected1     Link  to  the  Google  Doc  used  today’s  session:­‐ 0jwCy15xe424WBqPkpym_M7irQjPL1e4KjUqF3Q/edit          
  2. 2. 3  Step  Guide  to  RSS    1.  Find  a  Reader:   • Google  offers  two  alternatives:   • iGoogle:   a   homepage   you   can   personalise   with  feeds   • Google  reader:  a  reader  just  for  RSS  feeds    2.  Find  some  feeds:   • Search  for  your  favourite  journals  –  most  offer  RSS  feeds  of  contents  and   more   • Look   at   databases   to   see   if   they   offer   any   alerts   by   RSS   (e.g.   the   databases  section  of  the  library  catalogue.     • Academic  jobs  and  funding  opportunities:   • News  from  your  research  council:     • Blogs   in   your   research   area:   (Do   a   Google   blog   search:     • Calls   for   papers   (Humanities   and   Social   Sciences):   http://www.h-­‐     • Visit   a   site   which   covers   academic   research   discussed  within  the  blogosphere.        3.  Add  feeds  to  reader:     • Copy  the  URL  of  the  page   • Go  to  your  feed  reader   • Find  the  link  that  says  “subscribe”  (Google  reader)  or  “add  stuff”  or  then   “add  feed”  (iGoogle)   • Paste  the  URL  of  your  feed  into  your  feed  reader   • Sit  back  and  watch  the  information  come  to  you!    More  detailed  instructions  on  setting  up  a  Google  account  and  adding  feeds  to  your  reader  is  given  on  the  following  page  …    
  3. 3. Setting  up  a  Google  account  You’ll  need  a  Google  account  to  use  Google  Reader.  A  Google  account  is  free  and  will  take  only  a  few  minutes  to  set  up.  If  you  don’t  have  a  Google  account  already,  follow  these  instructions  to  set  up  an  account.   • How  to  set  up  a  Google  account   1. Open   your   browser   and   go   to   the   following   address:     2. Click  on  ‘Sign  in’  in  the  top  right-­‐hand  corner.   3. Follow  the  link  to  create  an  account.   4. Enter   your   details   in   the   boxes   provided.   If   you   wish,   read   the   Terms  of  Service  associated  with  having  a  Google  account.  Click  ‘I   accept’  to  create  your  account.   5. You  should  now  be  on  the  Google  Account  Creation  Confirmation   page.  If  not,  go  to  for  the  UK  home  page.   6. Your  Google  account  may  need  to  be  verified  before  you  can  use  it   to   carry   out   the   other   activities.   To   do   this,   check   the   inbox   of   the   email  address  which  you  specified  when  setting  up  your  account.   Follow   the   instructions   in   a   message   from   Google   to   verify   your   account.   • If  you  already  have  a  Google  account,  perhaps  because  you  use  Google   Mail  or  Google  Maps,  you  won’t  need  to  create  a  new  account:  just  log   into  Google  Reader  using  your  existing  Google  account.  Getting  to  Google  Reader   • When   you’ve   set   up   your   Google   account   you   need   to   access   Google   Reader.     1. You  need  to  be  signed  into  your  Google  account  in  order  to  begin   the   process   of   accessing   Google   Reader.   If   you   haven’t   done   so   already,  refer  to  the  section  above,  ‘Setting  up  a  Google  account’.   2. Go   to   Google   Reader   or   type   ‘Google   Reader’   into   your   search   engine.   3. Sign   in   (create   a   Google   Reader   page)   by   entering   your   Google   account   details,   which   are   your   email   and   password.   (You   may   wish  to  bookmark  this  page  when  you’ve  signed  in.)  
  4. 4. 4. You  are  now  using  Google  Reader.  Spend  a  moment  looking  over   the  page,  but  don’t  worry  too  much  about  functionality  right  now   –  we  are  going  to  come  to  that  soon.   5. You  will  notice  that  Google  already  adds  some  RSS  feeds  or  items   for  you  –  you  can  ignore  them  for  now.   When  you’ve  finished,  you  should  have  a  Google  account  and  be  signed   into  Google  Reader.  Adding  RSS  Feed  to  Google  Reader:     1. You   should   be   signed   into   your   Google   Reader   page.   Go   here   if   necessary:  reader     2. Visit     This   site   contains   academic   research   that   has   been   discussed   in   the   blogosphere.  Have  a  search  around  the  site  for  interesting  posts.  If  you   go  to  the  RSS  heading  at  the  top  of  the  page  you  can  select  which  feed   you  would  like  to  subscribe  to.  If  you  are  signed  into  Google  it  will  give   you  the  choice  of  adding  the  feed  to  your  reader  or  to  your  Google  home   page.     3. You   have   now   subscribed   to   an   RSS   feed   using   Google   Reader.   If   you   wish  to  add  more  feeds  that  discuss  subjects  you’re  interested  in,  you’ll   need  to  find  them  online.  Remember  to  look  for  the  RSS  symbol   when   you   visit   that   web   page   to   see   if   you   can   subscribe   to   it   using   Google   Reader.   4. Now  you  are  able  to  use  Google  Reader  to  subscribe  to  RSS  feeds.            
  5. 5. How  to  start  tweeting...     1. Create   an   account   –       Go   to   and   click   on   Sign   up.   You   will   need   to   make   a   username   for   yourself,   which   is   what   will   show   up   on   Twitter.  Give  some  thought  to  this  choice.  It  is  part  of  your  digital  profile,   and  you  may  likely  wish  to  keep  this  account  going  as  your  professional   career  continues.  Once  you  have  an  account,  it  is  a  good  idea  to  fill  out   your  profile  at  least  to  some  extent,  by  clicking  Settings.  Having  a  good,   descriptive   profile   including   a   picture   that   is   at   least   fairly   recognisable   as  you  will  encourage  people  to  follow  you.       2. Start   following   people   –   Click   on   “who   to   follow”   at   the   top.   This   will   provide   you   with   a   range   of   options   for   finding   people.   You   can   also   search   for   specific   individuals   using   the   search   box   at   the   top   of   the   “who   to   follow”   page.   Check   the   profile   to   make   sure   that   the   person   you  find  is  indeed  the  person  you  want  to  follow.  If  you  know  someone’s   Twitter  username,  you  can  search  on  that  and  be  sure  to  find  the  correct   person.  Follow  people  who  have  interests  similar  to  your  own.  Tip:  when   you   find   someone   whose   interests   match   yours,   have   a   look   at   the   people  they  are  following;  you  may  wish  to  follow  these  people  as  well.       For  example,  you  might  wish  to  follow  me  (I  tend  to  talk  a  lot  of  random   nonsense  as  well  as  some  interesting  things  about  PhD  research  and  HE).   My  twitter  name  is  @sarahthesheepu     When   you   follow   people,   they   may   follow   you   back.   You   may   wish   to   follow   those   who   follow   you.   Be   aware:   you   will   notice   followers   who   are   salespeople   or   who   are   encouraging   you   to   visit   dodgy   sites.   They   follow  you  in  the  hopes  that  you  will  be  interested  in  what  they  sell.  If   you   are   not   interested,   it   is   best   to   either   ignore   (simply   do   not   follow   them)  or  even  perhaps  block  such  followers.     It   is   good   to   get   good   people   to   follow   you   back.   By   good   people,   I   refer   to   those   who   will   be   tweeting   about   things   you   are   interested   in.   Only   those   who   choose   to   follow   you   will   see   your   tweets.     Generally,   the   best  way  to  build  up  followers  is  to  keep  tweeting  interesting  things,  and   to  follow  those  who  share  your  interests.     3. Now  you  can  start  tweeting  Remember,  a  tweet  can  be  no  longer  than   140  characters.  Here  are  some  suggestions  of  what  to  tweet  about:  
  6. 6.   a. Comment  on  something  in  the  news  that  is  of  interest  to  you.     b. Call   others’   attention   to   a   website   discussing   something   of   interest   to   you.   Include   a   link   to   the   site   where   it   is   discussed.   See   number  4  below  for  some  great  ways  to  shorten  the  url  of  links.   c. You   may   like   to   say   what   you   are   doing,   but   ask   yourself,   is   it   interesting   to   other   people   that   I   am   doing   this?     If   not,   think   of   something  else  to  tweet  about.   d. Tweet   about   your   lecture   or   whatever   you   are   working   on   now.   This  is  the  best  way  to  show  who  you  are  and  build  your  Twitter   around  your  interests.   e. Ask   a   question   about   something   you   are   interested   in.   This   can   best   illustrate   the   power   of   Twitter.   Your   question   may   get   answered   by   a   true   expert   in   the   field.   Or,   you   may   get   no   response   at   all.   Don’t   be   discouraged   if   this   happens.   Just   keep   trying   and   tweeting.   Sooner   or   later   those   who   share   your   interests  will  respond.  Twitter  friends  can  be  very  loyal  and  eager   to  help.   f. Reply   to   someone   else’s   tweet.   This   is   an   excellent   way   to   make   friends  and  build  followers.  If  you  hover  your  mouse  in  the  box  of   their  tweet  you  will  see  an  arrow  and  the  word  Reply;  click  on  it,   and   it   begins   a   new   tweet   for   you   beginning   with   @   and   the   tweeter’s  nickname.     g.   Whatever   you   now   tweet,   that   tweeter   will   see   it   as   a   personal   response  to  their  tweet.       Replying:   This   gets   the   attention   of   the   original   tweeter.   If   your   interests  match  theirs  and  they  do  not  currently  follow  you,  there   is  a  good  chance  they  will  decide  to  follow  you.  This  is  a  nice  way   to   discuss   things   with   individuals,   but   it   is   not   private.   Everyone   can   read   it.   The   advantage   is   that   you   have   identified   that   you   are   replying  directly  to  that  particular  person.     Incidentally,   all   tweets   (including   replies)   which   include   @   just   before   your   username   will   be   collected   on   your   Twitter   home   page  just  under  the  ‘what’s  happening’  box.    
  7. 7.     Check   this   every   time   you   log   into   Twitter;   people   might   be   directly   speaking   to   you   using   that   technique.   (You   can   also   Direct   Message  people  who  follow  you;  Direct  Messages  are  only  seen  by   the  sender  and  the  recipient.  Check  your  own  Direct  Messages  by   clicking  on  your  Home  page,  on  the  right,  Direct  Messages.)     h. Re-­‐tweet   someone   else’s   tweets.   This   is   also   an   excellent   way   to   build  followers.  Re-­‐tweeting  means  that  you  repeat  the  tweet  so   that   all   of   your   followers   can   read   it.   To   retweet,   hover   your   mouse  in  the  lower  right  of  the  original  tweet,  and  click  Retweet.       You  might  also  want  to  retweet  and  add  a  comment  of  your  own.   In  that  case,  you  need  to  “retweet  by  hand”.  Just  copy  the  original   tweet,  click  into  the  box  where  you  enter  your  own  tweet,  begin   by   typing   RT   @   and   then   paste   everything   directly   after   the   @     Finally   add   your   comment   at   the   end;   it   will   have   to   be   fairly   short!  Your  retweet  will  look  something  like  this:     RT  @tbirdcymru  New  iPhone  app  lets  you  check  your  Blackboard   site.  –  v  cool!  4. To  shorten  a  URL  so  it  will  fit  into  140  character  tweet,  first  copy  the  URL   onto   the   clipboard.   Now,   go   to:     Where   it   says,   “enter   your   long  link  or  file  here,”  paste  in  the  URL,  then  click  Shorten.  You  will  be   given   a   very   short   URL   which   you   can   now   copy   and   paste   into   your   tweet.      
  8. 8.