Twitter for Academics

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Twitter for Academics

  1. 1. @Andy_tattersall
  2. 2. Image used under a Creative Commons: Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Todd Ryburn
  3. 3. Administering Twitter • You need to understand why you are taking it • You need to understand the benefits • You need to understand the side-effects • You need to understand that the benefits may take time in coming • You may need two courses Do not feel pressured to use it - as it won’t work
  4. 4. Navigating Twitter
  5. 5. Twitter Myth #1 You can’t say much in 140 characters “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
  6. 6. The make up of a Tweet
  7. 7. Lingo • RT – Retweet • MT – Modified Tweet • Reply – a conversation in Twitter • @ A mention of someone/organisation • # Tag – A stream of topic • DM – Direct Message • Block – To block a user • Favourite – To mark for later reference • URL Shortener - www.bit.ly • Follow – To follow someone’s Tweets
  8. 8. Following
  9. 9. Lists
  10. 10. Twitter Myth #2 Twitter is only used by sports people and celebs
  11. 11. Netiquette • Watch what you say (10 second rule) - What goes on the web stays on the Web
  12. 12. What to Tweet? • Publication (book, report, paper, proceedings) • Presentation • Idea • Resource • Conversation (ice breaker) • Funding Bid • Professional achievement • Link • Automate (Twentyfeet, Paper.li)
  13. 13. Who to follow? • @EmergencyMedBMJ 11k followers • @trishgreenhalgh 7k followers • @NICEcomms 28k followers • @EM_Journal 5k followers • @wellcometrust 40k followers • @LSEimpactBlog 10k followers • @richardhorton1 (Lancet) 7k followers
  14. 14. Conference Tweeting • Use the # tag • Create a filter to follow the proceedings • Advertise your presentation • Introduce yourself to others – ‘Tweetup’ • Get involved in the conversation • Carry the conversation on beyond the conference
  15. 15. Twitter Myth #4 “Twitter is a time sinkhole” Not if you want it to be
  16. 16. Tweeting Tools
  17. 17. Find something interesting? Tweet it
  18. 18. Altmetric it
  19. 19. Go Mobile
  20. 20. Go Tweet

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