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Twitter for Researchers: Welcome

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What is Twitter?

Twitter, the micro-blogging online social networking service has been in existence since 2006.  It allows users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, known as “tweets”. Although, the media mainly quote Twitter in the context of celebrity sleaze -idle and ignorant chit chat among the ‘Twitterati’and/or in the context of political upheavals -it is widely being used as a communication and marketing tool among professional individuals, organisations and institutions associated with education and research.

Why use Twitter?

You can:

  • Network with other researchers and interesting individuals using the 'Follow' option and get involved;
  • Keep updated on news and events posted by professional organisations, the government, your institution and various news channels;
  • Discover what's being discussed at conferences, talks and events by following 'Hashtags' (#);
  • Obtain information or question using 'crowd sourcing' techniques (brainstorming online) by using 'RT';
  • Publicise and share your research findings which you have presented at a conference written about in a journal pr on your blog or spoken about at your institution; and
  • Promote yourself - Twitter can be used to find research posts & projects you can work on and collaborate on with other like-minded individuals.