10 Reasons And Uses for Twitter as a Researcher

Advice on how to use Twitter to boost ones profile and effectiveness as a researcher admin September 16, 2013

Collaboration in research and academia is increasingly becoming necessary as markets and industry trends are moving faster and faster, challenging our experts to constantly be on the cusp of innovation. Twitter is an easy way to connect with important stakeholders in your sphere: research collaborators, funding agencies, suppliers, community leaders, and more. All it takes is 140 characters.

I’m going to list the top 10 reasons and uses for Twitter for researchers. LSE Online has published an excellent guide for Twitter, detailing how to create an account, tweet for your audience, and how to use it to accomplish your specific research or collaboration goal. To get started, we suggest you learn the terms “follower“, “hashtag” and “retweet“.

BioAtlantech uses Twitter to tell our followers about funding opportunitiesprograms, industry news, events, conferences, and more! Follow @BioAtlantech. We are having the NB BioTech Twitter Scavenger Hunt this September 23-24 with aniPad as the grand prize!

Top 10 Reasons and Uses for Twitter in Research

1) A positive and wide online presence boosts legitimacy and first impressions

2) Users who tweet articles and news from their industry stay (and appear) knowledgeable and engaged

3) By attracting more followers and following others, a researcher increases the chances of crossing paths with an interested collaborator or partner

4) Hootsuite and other free social media monitoring tools let you stay on the cutting edge by helping you keep track of specific conversations and emerging trends

5) Retweeting other researchers helps boost the image of your area as a whole

6) Twitter creates opportunities for “crowdsourcing” research activities – get people to help with info gathering, data analysis, and even collecting funding through platforms like Microryza.com

7) Shape policy and opinion: Twitter’s brevity and accessibility are appealing to non-academics. Use it to reach out to people in business, government, and public policy

8) Twitter can be used to share videos and photos, an engaging way to keep people informed on your latest innovation

9) Follow leaders in your field to see how they use Twitter to boost their profile. This list of tweeting STEM academics is a good start.

10) Tweet live from industry conferences and seminars to keep people informed and to increase your profile at the event

For questions, details, or additions to any of these points, feel free to contact BioAtlantech’s marketing coordinator Jenny Keleher (jkeleher@bioatlantech.ca(506) 444.4413).

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