You’re already busy in your job, so how are you going to fit in (more) social media? I think about Twitter as more of an augmentation to an existing work situation; the business-card; the living network of contacts; the journal club and literary resource.
Whatever your existing routine might hold within it, Twitter can overlay onto it.
Scenario 1. You are reading a paper – Tweet a link to the paper you’ve read and say what you thought about it – add appropriate hashtag for a wider audience. END.
Time management 101 – Tweet about the paper and close the browser or app and don’t keep checking for responses or reactions.
Scenario 2. You’ve found a great newspaper report on your field of research. Tweet the link and perhaps add a comment – add appropriate hashtag for a wider audience. END.
Time management 101 – Tweeting from a share icon saves you from having to tweet from the application thereby ridding you of the temptation to check all of your notifications.
Scenario 3. Doing some fieldwork, at an event, or a work celebration. Take a picture with your mobile device – share the picture from your mobile picture app – add appropriate hashtag for a wide audience. END.
Time management 101 – If you have a lot of pictures you would like to Tweet at once, add them all to one tweet rather than as individual tweets.
N.B.: To be active on Twitter you don’t need to be using the Twitter website or Twitter app! From the above scenarios you can see how you don’t have to actually be on Twitter to be on Twitter – using proxy apps or ‘share’ buttons to post to your Twitter account makes you an active user without being tempted to be on the site.
Share buttons are a great way to avoid getting caught up in a long unplanned Twitter session. Most services on the internet have a facility linked to all major social media networks, so you can share without having to go to Twitter whether you are on your mobile device on at your desktop computer.
So, whatever you are doing, you can share it on Twitter without going on Twitter! Sounds a little ironic but it’s nice to think that when you do eventually get leisure time on Twitter you could open your account to a bunch of messages and responses to the things you shared when you were doing them.
(An excerpt of Twitter for Academics eBook – coming soon.)