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Academics often ask me why they should consider using Twitter.  There are a number of very good reasons, to my mind;

  • To raise their profile in their area of expertise, and to contribute to a digital profile for themselves that is worthy of the position they are working towards
  • To identify and network with collaborators including academic thought leaders, peer researchers, academic journals, mainstream media, journalists, research subjects and funding sources, cultivating a useful professional network
  • To stay in touch with current opinion, news and relevant material in their area
  • To engage in lively peer review with thought leaders in their area
  • To discover opportunities to attend events in the real world and follow/take part in conferences they couldn’t otherwise attend virtually
  • To publish live impressions and commentary from conferences and events they attend, thus providing a useful public service to those in their online network
  • To improve career opportunities and get head hunted for jobs
  • To improve the dissemination and reach of their research findings publications

Do you have any more suggestions?

Yesterday I took part in a workshop on how to start a blog and during preparation for this, I discovered lots of resources I wished that I had discovered before I started blogging – they would have saved me so much time tinkering about! This is rather a rough and ready blog post, simply sign posting some of these practical resources, useful for anyone looking to start blogging, tasked with creating web pages or material for websites for the first time, many the work of Jakob Nielson.

In this piece, Nielson describes the research findings that can be drawn upon around how people read websites – so that we can write in a reader friendly way, and here is a nice piece on the evidence around eyetracking . Here Nielson describes adding value with blog posts – how a blog can be used to demonstrate thought leadership and expertise. Here he lists the top ten blog design mistakes.

This is practical King’s College London generated presentation on how to write for the web, and here are some KCL resources on how to use Goolge analytics and how to fight spam.