Blog post recommendation: 10 Ways Researchers Can Use Twitter

As follow-up to my post on entering the world of possibilities which Twitter and LinkedIn presents (read post here), I just wanted to share a blog post on 10 Ways Researchers Can Use Twitter.

The 10 advantages of Twitter for researchers is assembled by Salma Patel, a doctoral researcher at the University of Warwick with a primary research interest in digital engagement and participation in healthcare. She has her own blog with lots of examples from Twitter that illustrates the 10 advantages of Twitter.

Still new to Twitter, especially seen from a professional perspective, I must admit that it didn’t take me long to experience exactly the 10 things highlighted by Salma Patel.

New-comers or sceptical Twitters can start here.

4 thoughts on “Blog post recommendation: 10 Ways Researchers Can Use Twitter

  1. Pingback: Blog post recommendation: How to use Twitter at your next medical conference « Public Health Science Communication 2.0

    • Thanks for sharing your blog post, Russell. I think you’re absolutely right that there is a potential in Twitter for doing social research. Getting real time data can be hard to obtain at low costs, so this could be a really good an rather easy solution. It will however, I think, require some investment in training people in using Twitter (eg. in Denmark Twitter is not (yet) very widely used and there seem to be a general scepticism towards it. Therefore training and openly explaining the objective would be necessary. But then again, that is the case in any kind of data collection survey.

      Apart from the data provider, the data collector (the researcher) should also be willing to ‘share’ his data. Being an open platform it could (if restrictions to viewings are not put in place) be that other researchers (policy makers, ngo’s etc.) will tag along and perhaps do what many researcher fear the most: steel data, good ideas and go public with it first.

      But I agreed, Twitter as a tool for social research is something just wainting to be explored further

  2. Pingback: Great Twitter guide for university research, teaching and impact activities from LSE « Public Health Science Communication 2.0

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