Category Archives: microblogging

Why Academics use Twitter

I’ve mentioned before ‘how’ academics use Twitter, but this doesn’t cover ‘why’ they use Twitter. I’ve heard Twitter be referred to as a global online ‘water cooler’ or ‘rec room’ for academics, a place to hang-out and feel support from … Continue reading

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The Twitter Rules you may not realise you’ve been breaking.

Rules — if you don’t know them then how do you know you’re breaking them? Here are some highlights of the Twitter Rules that you may not realise you’ve been breaking! Twitter Rules and Best Practices The internet is host to many … Continue reading

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Topical Academic hashtags

Here I list the hashtags used most commonly within academic communities with a brief general description of the intentional use. Remember: hashtags, even the curated ones, can be used at any time since there is usually always some talking on … Continue reading

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Integrating Twitter into your existing work routine

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 … Continue reading

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An Exercise in Forming a Good Twitter Bio

No-one reads your Twitter bio with care especially when they are surrounded by other bios and pictures. But you can create a Bio that will attract more of the right Followers not only from a glance but by appearing in topical search results … Continue reading

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Make your own professional-looking profile pics

Not everyone has the opportunity for professional portraits, so I’ve developed an easy way to create some, and with the help of a few online apps for editing. STEP ONE: Natural light — This is the most important part. Daylight is needed … Continue reading

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Twitter-speak, definitions and other stuff.

As a part of the Twitter for Academics book I’m currently writing, I’ve made a list of terms, words and general stuff to know. Everyday nouns and verbs: These words are the language of Twitter; the names of the tools and … Continue reading

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