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Using Social Media for Research


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Today nearly a Billion people use Facebook, and more than 500 million use Twitter to connect, share and interact with one another. YouTube receives more than 4 Billion video views per day, millions of people blog, and there are than more than 14 million articles on Wikipedia. Social Media today is impacting every aspect of our lives whether it is our social, working, education or family life.
However, what about using social media for collaborating in research projects and communicating scientific knowledge?

This presentation explores how social media can be and is used to play a critical role in the full academic research cycle. We will look at how we can use a variety of social media tools to collaborate on identifying, creating, quality assuring and disseminating scientific knowledge. For example today, many doctors are using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Blogs to share and discuss their latest research with their fellow professionals and the public. By doing so, their work is sometimes being peer-reviewed by hundreds of experts around the world, empowering a more impactful learning and research experience.

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Using Social Media for Research

  1. UsingSocial Mediafor ResearchZaid Ali Alsagoff
  2. Do you ______ your Research? Blog about Tweet about (Twitter) Discuss on Facebook or LinkedIn Publish on YouTube Use a Wiki or a Website to share Use other Social Media tools?
  3. How long does it take to Publish a… Book Paper Post
  4. The Rate of Medical Knowledge is… “…doubling every three years currently and projected to be doubling every 73 DAYS by 2020…”
  5. About Time to Rethink the Way We…
  6. Today’s Menu? 1 3 Discover 4 Create2 5 Peer-Review 6 Share 7 Moving Forward?
  7. Social Media is an UMBRELLA term forWeb/Mobile technologies that empower us to…
  8. Don’t Get Confused! Connect Publish Anyone can Collaborate Anyone can Reflect BuildConnect! Innovate Network Discuss Share Publish! Curate
  9. Criticism of Social Media for Research? Privacy Confidentiality Banality Peripherality Authority & quality Information overload Work/life balance Adapted from (page 11):
  10. The Academic Research Cycle…. 1 COLLABORATE 2 Discover Create KNOWLEDGE 4 3 Share Peer- ReviewAdapted from (page 15):
  11. Next, is JUST A SNIPPET on how Social Media… Can be used to amplify the impact of your Research!
  12. Use Social Bookmarking/Curation Tools…
  13. PinterestA content sharing service that allows members to "pin" images, videos and other objects (online resources) to their pinboard.
  14. Delicious Keep, share, and discover the best of the Web using Delicious!
  15.!Create your topic-centric media by collecting gems among relevant streams. Publish it to your favorite social media or to your blog.
  16. Use Social Citations Tools to….
  17. Did You Know? 500+ Million Users 340+ Million tweets are posted per day!1.6 billion search queries per day!Source: (August 17, 2012)
  18. Use Twitter to Connect with Awesome Easy way to discover the LATEST RESEARCH you care about.A free Web 2.0 social networking service that allows users to send and receive short messages (140 characters or less) known as TWEETS.
  19. Doctors using Twitter? @holisticmd @drval @KevinMD @FredHowardMD @joannadolgoffmd @drmikesevilla @GarthFisherMD @hjluks @Leslie_SeppinniDr. Kevin Pho @StepAheadnj @harrygreenspun @CesarLaraMD @tomheston @DrEvaSelhub @DrStevesBanjo@DrKimMD@DrJAshton
  20. Twitter Doctors Directory?
  21. Use Twitter to… FOLLOW B S U H I A L R D E ENGAGE
  22. Use Twitter #Hashtags to Amplify Sharing… Examples #MedEd – Medical Education #edchat - Education ##edutech - Educational Technology #web20chat - Web 2.0 #DistEd – Distance education and e-learning #innochat – Innovation in education #Lrnchat – Learning issues for educators #ellchat – English Language Learners
  23. The Healthcare #Hashtag Project!
  24. Did You Know…955 million+ Facebook users. More than 50% log on to Facebook in any given day. 250 million+ photos are uploaded per day. 543 million+ active users currently access Facebook through their mobile devices. Source:
  25. Use Facebook Groups or Pages to Groups PagesClosed Groups Open CommunitiesCourses Promotion & BrandingProjects Products Ideas CelebritiesAlumni Self-Promotion
  26. Journal of Medical Internet Research
  27. Need a More Professional Network?
  28. Are you an Open Scholar? Stian Håklev
  29. Use a WIKI to Collaborate on Research? Engagement Participation Content DevelopmentA website or document developed collaboratively by a community of users, allowing any user to add and edit content.
  30. Wiki Development Tools?
  31. MedPedia…Sharing and advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medical professionals and the general public. This model is founded on providing a free online technology platform that is collaborative, interdisciplinary and transparent.
  32. Reflect, Discuss & Promote Research using a…
  33. Blogging Tools?
  34. Why Should We Blog about our Research? "Savvy scientists must increasingly engage with blogs and social media... Even if you choose not to blog, you can certainly expect your papers and ideas will increasingly be blogged about. So there it is - blog or be blogged.“ – Paul Knoepfler
  35. Examples Please! 10 Medical Blogs:
  36. Use Social Media to get FEEDBACK on your Research! RESEARCH Sharing Feedback
  37. Quality Assurance? I want to be Peer- reviewed by real Professionals…Not some 14-year-old punk! 14 years old? Yes, I am…LOL!Image (Doctor):
  38. ResearchGate“ResearchGate was built for scientists, by scientists, with the idea that science can do more when its driven by COLLABORATION.”
  39. Postgraduate ToolboxPostgraduate Toolbox brings together a huge wealth of resources available to supportpostgraduates from all subject areas, whether undertaking a Masters or PhD.
  40. MethodspaceMethodspace is a multidimensional online network for the community ofresearchers, from students to professors, engaged in research methods.
  41. Nature Network Nature Network is the professional networking website for scientists around theworld. It’s an online meeting place where you and your colleagues can gather, share and discuss ideas, and keep in touch.
  42. is a platform for academics to share research papers. The companys mission is to accelerate the worlds research.
  43. Simplify to Amplify the Impact…“…if scientists could communicate more in their own voices - in a familiar tone, with a less specialized vocabulary - would a wide range of people understand them better? Would their work be better understood by the general public, policy-makers, funders, and, even in some cases, other scientists?” - Alan Alda
  44. Share your Research using Video!Professional healthcare media library for doctors worldwide, sharing 10.000 medical videos.
  45. Share your Research using… Offers users the ability to upload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios.
  46. Use Prezi to Zoomify your Research!
  47. Publish Your Research as an e-Book!
  48. More Social Media Tools? Jane Hart “Social media is not something you talk about it’s something you do!” Source:
  49. Oops! Let’s Stop Here for Now!Information Overload!
  50. Use Social Media to… Connect with other researchers and educators around the world. Discover the latest research and trends in your area(s). Collaborate with others on your research projects. Promote your research work beyond the academic world. Engage and seek feedback (peer-review) from researches, venture capitalists, public, etc. Share your research in creative ways to inspire more interest. Be who you want to be!
  51. Finally, Use Social Media to Amplify the… IMPACT Research IMPACT FACTOR Publication/Journal
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  57. Zaid Ali Alsagoff E-Learning ManagerE-mail : zaid.alsagoff@gmail.comBlog : : : +603-2731 7327Ext. : 3115