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  1. 1. TwitterBecoming a Networked Researcher part 3 Ned Potter Academic Liaison
  2. 2. Aim of today: explore why Twitter might be useful in the research environment, look at some academic examples, set up Twitter accounts (if you don’t already have them) and discuss Tweeting well.
  3. 3. Whatis Twitter?
  4. 4. Twitter is a social network which allows users to exchange public messages of 140 characters or less, known as Tweets. It’s easy to tweet, via:
  5. 5. Tweets can be entirely text-based or they can contain multimedia such as images or video, and links to anything online.
  6. 6. Your tweets are seen by other Twitter users who follow you; you see the tweets of users you follow. You can quickly build up a network of peers with shared interests. There are around half a billion Twitter users worldwide. It works like this:
  7. 7. FIVETwitter MYTHS
  8. 8. 1: YOU CAN’T SAY ANYTHING IN 140 CHARACTERS. Yes you can, because Twitter is meant to be a conversation rather than a broadcast. It’s easy to ask, and answer, questions in 140 characters or less.
  9. 9. 2: IT’S JUST PEOPLE SAYING WHAT THEY HAD FOR LUNCH. No it isn’t – only celebrities really do that, because they have so many followers that meaningful dialogue isn’t really possible. For the rest of us, it’s a conversation.
  10. 10. 3: IT’S A WASTE OF TIME AND DOESN’T BELONG IN HIGHER EDUCATION. Twitter is definitely NOT a waste of time if you engage with the right people – it can lead to better understanding, career opportunities, collaborations, exposure, reputation. (More than 70% of academics use social media now.)
  11. 11. 4: I DON’T HAVE TIME TO TWEET. If you have time for conversation you have time for Twitter. If it’s useful, if it helps you professionally, if it gives you ideas and tips that actually save you time, then you definitely have time!
  12. 12. 5: THERE’S NO POINT IN MY BEING THERE AS I DON’T KNOW ANYONE ON IT. Firstly you probably do know people on it (search for your peers’ names) but secondly Twitter is a great leveller – it provides the chance to engage with people you don’t know, including the leaders in your field. (As someone said, Facebook is where you lie to your friends, Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers.)
  13. 13. Whyuse Twitter?
  14. 14. Connect with your peers
  15. 15. Connect with your peers Twitter is a brilliant networking tool – for finding researchers with similar interests, for keeping in touch after conferences , for finding and engaging the leaders in your field.
  16. 16. Keeping up to date
  17. 17. Keeping up to date If you follow the right people on Twitter you’ll always know when the latest papers are published, when calls for papers announced, when conferences are happening, when developments in your field are occurring, when new technology emerges which is relevant to what you do, and what’s going on in HE. On Twitter, the information comes to you.
  18. 18. Share what you’re doing with the world
  19. 19. Share what you’re doing with the world Twitter is a great way to tell people about your research outputs, your current projects, and your professional activities. It can also be a brilliant funnel for all your other social media activities too – nothing is more likely to get people reading your blog (etc) than people tweeting about it.
  20. 20. (Highly tweeted articles are 11 times more likely to be cited than less-tweeted articles) Eyesenbach, 2011, Can tweets predict citations? Journal of Medical Internet Research 13 (4) Hat-tip to Michelle Dalton – see http://t.co/6MV8xQEujV for more stats.
  21. 21. Also Twitter is FUN.
  22. 22. Some more academic perspectives (Click the image to go to Storify.)
  23. 23. FOURquotes about Twitter
  24. 24. It's like proprioception, your body's ability to know where your limbs are. That subliminal sense of orientation is crucial for coordination: It keeps you from accidentally bumping into objects, and it makes possible amazing feats of balance and dexterity. Twitter and other constant-contact media create social proprioception. They give a group of people a sense of itself, making possible weird, fascinating feats of coordination. Clive Thompson http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/magazine/15-07/st_thompson
  25. 25. Services like Twitter, no matter how selectively we curate the sources we follow, require us to become active participants and not merely either information producers or consumers. Academics are trained to manage data streams and to make informed appraisals of the sources we find. These skills suit social media perfectly; what is still needed is to develop strategies to listen to our peers and audiences better, and to learn how to react publicly. Twitter can considerably level the playing field: you are not on the podium or on a stage. It is not meant to be an auditorium, but a seminar room. Ernesto Priego http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2011/sep/12/twitter-revolutionise-academia-research
  26. 26. In the end, the value of Twitter for academics is what you make of it. So, can academics manage without Twitter? Of course they can. But the better question might be “What can academics manage with Twitter?” I find thinking about that question to be much more exciting. Carole McGranahan http://backupminds.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/the-academic-benefits-of-twitter/
  27. 27. Twitter is a profoundly practical service and yet it is difficult to convey this because much of the terminology, interface and minutiae of Twitter are inherently confusing until you have engaged with the service. So why should you make the leap? The only reason I can give is that people just like you are finding the service astoundingly useful. Mark Carrigan http://markcarrigan.net/2013/02/21/what-does-twitter-have-to-offer-academics/
  28. 28. Keyconcepts defined
  29. 29. Tweet: your tweet is your message. 140 characters. Seen by a: your followers who happen to be online at the time and b: anyone who happens to look at your profile, and potentially c: by the followers of anyone who ReTweets it. ReTweet: if you RT someone else’s tweet, it will appear in your timeline and your followers can see it. Being ReTweeted yourself is a really good thing – it means your ideas are being exposed to new networks.
  30. 30. @reply: you can converse directly with someone by putting their username (beginning with @) into your tweet – this will ensure the tweet shows up in their ‘@ replies’. Your tweets will be seen by anyone following both you AND the person with whom you’re conversing. (In other words, you don’t see every tweet from every person you follow – Twitter filters out the noise.)
  31. 31. Hashtag: a #hashtag is a way to bring together disparate users on the same topic, without the tweets needing to know each other alredy. Hashtags can also be a way to archive conversations on a theme, and discuss events or conferences. You can click on any #hashtag (for example #altmetrics) and find all recent tweets which have included it. Direct Message: a DM is a private message, within the network, which only you and the recipient see.
  32. 32. E.g. Academic Tweeters
  33. 33. Find Tweeters by discipline: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2011/09/02/academic-tweeters-your-suggestions-in-full/
  34. 34. @uniofyork is the main account of the University @UoYLibrary is the Library’s account @UoYITServices is the IT services account @RDT_York is the Researcher Development Team account @TFTV_YORK is the TFTV account, one of the many Departments on Twitter @UoYEvents is the account for Events at York @UoY_Yorkshare is the VLE team’s account Departmental tweeters: Wider HE tweeters: @timeshighered is the Times Higher’s very active account @lseimpactblog is the LSE Impact Blog’s account (don’t be put off by the name, it’s relevant to all researchers interested in Web 2.0 tools) @gdnhighered is the Guardian’s Higher Education account
  35. 35. Time to get started. Go to Twitter.com and follow the instructions in the hand-out.
  36. 36. Time to get started. Go to Twitter.com and follow the instructions in the hand-out. Hi Slideshare people – if you’re interested, the handout we used at this point can be found on Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/doc/14776868 0/Twitter-for-academics-workshop- handout
  37. 37. well Tweeting
  38. 38. Above all, remember it’s not about broadcasting, it’s about conversation!
  39. 39. Consider the 1 in 4 rule* Tweets directly about your work
  40. 40. Consider the 1 in 4 rule* Tweets directly about your work *actually it’s more of a guideline… A ReTweet? A link to something useful?A reply?
  41. 41. Try not to think of it as purely personal or purely professional – it works better when it’s both.
  42. 42. Try not to think of it as purely personal or purely professional – it works better when it’s both. (Personally I think it works well when you major in professional and minor in personal…)
  43. 43. Embrace the smartphone! (Soon there will only BE smartphones so you may as well get started now.)
  44. 44. Embrace the smartphone! (Soon there will only BE smartphones so you may as well get started now.) Tweet from conferences (including pictures), converse on the train, reply in the supermarket queue. Twitter doesn’t have to be something you MAKE TIME for.
  45. 45. Don’t just make statements, ask questions.
  46. 46. You need to actually tell people you’re there.
  47. 47. You need to actually tell people you’re there. @username on your business cards on your PowerPoint presentations on your name-badge at conferences in your email signature
  48. 48. Okay, that’s it.
  49. 49. Thanks for coming! If you’re interested in Parts 1 (Blogs) and Part 2 (Collaboration & Dissemination) they’re both on Prezi. Blogs: http://bit.ly/anetworkedreseaercher1 Dissemination: http://bit.ly/networkedresearcherpart2 Absolutely every picture via www.iconfinder.com