Well the last two weeks went really quickly. Thank you to everyone who took part in the 10 Days of Twitter at London South Bank University.
Here is some great advice from Mark Warnes who ran a similar course at Anglia Ruskin University:
Here are some ideas what to do next:
Tweet about new publications
These can be journal articles, blogs, website updates, etc. It is a good idea to have access to an online version of the full publication, or to an abstract, so that the tweet can point somewhere for followers to get more information.
Tweet about relevant new developments
You could inform people about new government legislation, relevant publications or activities by other organisations in your research area. This could aid your own work in several ways such as by increasing your collaborative network, raising interest in your research area and perhaps leading to greater funding opportunities.
Hashtags are a great way to make your area of interest, and the materials you produce more visible. You should not hold back about creating your own hashtags if no relevant ones exist, but remember what we covered on Day 6.
Twitter is a great way of providing opportunities for ‘crowd sourcing’ you work, getting people to engage in and help you with your work is often possible. Some researchers have been successful in using Twitter to get actual funding.
Twitter is a very good medium for helping you to reach out to non-academic audiences, such as governmental organisation, business, NGOs etc.
Twitter can be used to as a metric for Impact, by collecting data on activity related to your project or work. Useful data to collect includes changes in:
The number of followers you have
The names of those who could be useful for future collaboration
Invitations to write a publication or speak at events, which have come via Twitter
Number of visits to your own publications via Twitter
The number of Impressions your activity has generated
Twitter is a great way to raise awareness of events your Organisation or Department may be hosting. You can then LiveChat the event to further raise awareness. Several of my colleagues monitor Twitter chat from events they can’t physically attend.
Twitter is of course a communication medium, but it can actually be of great use in keeping the members of the sub-groups within your organisation up to date with your activities. You can also use Twitter to communicate more easily with students, researchers and part-time staff who may not always be kept up to date with activities through normal channels.
Twitter and Blogging
These two forms of social media work very well together. It is a good idea to keep your blogs managed in such a way that the essential content of each blog can easily be tweeted.
Course evaluation survey.
If you haven’t already done so can you can you complete the course evaluation survey (it will only take a couple of minutes)
Thanks…and happy tweeting:)