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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?

If you haven’t heard of it already, apparently Text Bombing is about to become the next big thing – read about it here . As a parent, an educator and also as someone who is regularly required to trouble shoot around the university and our associated clinical trusts on social media, this is a phenomena I don’t believe we can afford to ignore. Text Bombing is a new way for bullies to reach out via social media, to do what they have always done.

In the article in The Huffington Post, an Internet safety expert Sedgrid Lewis, who runs SpyParent.net, referred to text bombing as a “serious underground problem that is about to burst into the mainstream scene” and he urged parents to educate themselves about it – I think educators need to know what to look out for too. “Imagine getting 10,000 text messages to your phone telling you that you are an ugly slut and should die?” Lewis added, “That’s what some kids are doing to each other.”

Just FYI, social media is not all about warnings and doom and gloom you know, I don’t like to just post the negative stuff!  I discovered Text Bombing through someone I was chatting with on Twitter called @icod!  Twitter is such a great way to stay in touch with news and current issues.