“Why do you find Twitter useful as an academic?”

This was the question I asked earlier this morning on Twitter. I was preparing a workshop on twitter for academics and was a little nervous about my content. The basic point of the workshop was to convince participants about the value of using twitter as an academic. The quality and quantity of responses was in itself one of the best arguments I could make for the value of Twitter. The very fact of being able to crowd source broad questions in this way is one of the most striking advantages which stem from engaging regularly with Twitter as an academic.

  • Quick answers to questions on things like .. where do I find this tool or that tool ..  (@rjhogue)
  • We discuss concepts (@Annlytical)
  • There are people who are practicing what I’m researching academically and give me a reality check (@Annlytical)
  • Twitter is brilliant for keeping up with things, networking, finding new ideas, people’s blogs and publications (@BenGuilbaud)
  • meeting new people (in all disciplines), academic support, public engagement, increased visibility, filtered news (@Martin_Eve)
  • What Martin said. I think you already saw this but it’s the Prezi I made for grad students http://bit.ly/uK05VM (@qui_oui)
  • Also, I’ve found Twitter useful for augmenting F2F academic conferences, extending the conversations (@JessieNYC)
  • Twitter is incredibly useful 2 me as an academic 4 many reasons, perhaps chiefly curating the ideal academic dept  (@JessieNYC)
  • Twitter’s unique advantage is that very quickly allows me to spread word of my work to non-academic audiences (@elebelfiore)
  • Keeps me up-to-the-minute with news in my field ie; policy issues, and connects me to conferences/other academics (@DonnaBramwell)
  • connects me to other delegates at conferences, allows me to interact with students in lectures, keeps me uptodate (@timpaa)
  • We trade references for research (@annlytical)
  • great source of information & resources wouldn’t have found otherwise (@nicklebygirl)
  • Twitter makes it possible for me to engage with global community even though I now live in Australia & am #altac (@katrinafee)
  • a PhD can be very isolated so I think twitter is a great way to meet people who can help and give advice (@CET47)
  • you can get very interesting literature advices or other sources you have not noticed yet (@Journey210)
  • Academic uses of twitter – links to blog posts, shared sense of community, shameless self-promotion…! (@KatieMcGettigan)
  • to invite community members to events and lectures on campus (@MegFrauts)
  • twitter is the best way to keep up to date with my subject, find useful resources and connect with others (@LGSMU)
  • Twitter makes it possible to follow conferences globally and get in touch with other academics for quick Q&A sessions (@Greg0rE)
  • joining twitter has helped remove the isolation of study through engagement with #phdchat - synch & asynchronous (@JaneDavis13)
  • twitter allows me to familiarize w current trends & edu tools for my students (tumblr & prezi are examples) (@DisModern)
  • it allows me to keep up to date with advancements in my field. I can also dicuss these things with the experts with ease (@CallumCohen)
  • keeps you in touch w development in your field n wider (@lace675468)

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  1. Important topic! I made a very quick content analysis about those Twitter answers just for fun, here you are:

    SOME advantages for academics:

    SUPPORT & NETWORKING (with academics, conference delegates, other disciplines, students, experts, practice workers)
    • academic support
    • a PhD can be very isolated so I think twitter is a great way to meet people who can help and give advice
    • helps remove the isolation of study through engagement with #phdchat – synch & asynchronous
    • shared sense of community
    • connect with others
    • networking
    • meeting new people (in all disciplines)
    • getting in touch with other academics for quick Q&A sessions
    • connects me to other delegates at conferences
    • useful for augmenting F2F academic conferences, extending the conversations
    • allows me to interact with students in lectures
    • makes it possible for me to engage with global community even though I now live in Australia & am #altac
    • There are people who are practicing what I’m researching academically and give me a reality check
    • We discuss concepts
    • I can also discuss these things with the experts with ease
    • Quick answers to questions on things like.. where do I find this tool or that tool ..

    INFORMATION & RESOURCES

    Keeping up to date
    • filtered news
    • it allows me to keep up to date with advancements in my field.
    • keeps you in touch w development in your field n wider
    • the best way to keep up to date with my subject
    • brilliant for keeping up with things
    • allows me to familiarize w current trends & edu tools for my students (tumblr & prezi are examples)
    • Keeps me up-to-the-minute with news in my field ie; policy issues, and connects me to conferences/other academics
    • keeps me uptodate

    Finding useful resources
    • finding blogs and publications
    • links to blog posts
    • find useful resources
    • We trade references for research
    • great source of information & resources wouldn’t have found otherwise
    • you can get very interesting literature advices or other sources you have not noticed yet
    • curating the ideal academic dept
    • makes it possible to follow conferences globally

    Finding new ideas
    • finding new ideas

    VISIBILITY
    • public engagement
    • increased visibility
    • very quickly allows me to spread word of my work to non-academic audiences
    • shameless self-promotion
    • to invite community members to events and lectures on campus

    I’d like to add one more useful thing: possibility to influence problems of society.

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