November 23, 2011

Academia.eu to Twitter

I've been really busy for the past few weeks, so much so that I've neglected REx23. So I put aside some time this morning to try to make some headway and catch up.

I started off on Thing 6 - Join Academia.edu. I created my profile and had a little search of others to see if there was anyone out there who was looking at some similar themes to me. I was surprised that I did find quite a few and have set up my account to follow theirs.

I then moved on to Thing 7 and requested an ePortfolio. This is all I have done so far as it will take upto 10 days to create my account. More on this later.

Things 8, 9 & 10 were all Twitter based and quite time consuming; not because it was complicated but because I got sucked-in to searching and reading posts (sorry, I should say "Tweets")! I set my account and used the hashtag "#digitalwarwick" in a tweet and spent quite a bit of time reading tweets and following links to articles.

I'm not sure if I am completely sold on the Twitter idea yet. I understand the need to have a strong online presence for collaboration and the dissemination of research but I don't know if Twitter will allow me to find the material and contacts I'm looking for at the moment.

I think I'll have a look at Things 11 to 13 later

(and Thing 14 has been added since I started this morning - will I ever catch up?!)


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  1. Jenny Delasalle

    I’m sure you will catch up: we’re factoring in more catch up time at the end of the course!

    I also got stuck on Twitter: nothing wrong with this because if you find something which works for you then that’s the point of the course, so that you can find things which will ultimately help you with your research, either to keep in touch with what others are doing or to disseminate information about your research or even for use in your teaching.

    I found Hootsuite.com very handy for managing Twitter… although it might also make it worse for you!

    Getting organised is coming next week and it involves investigating Delicious.com. Now Hootsuite.com has an RSS feeds function which allows me to tweet every time I add a website bookmark to Delicious. (I could also use Twitterfeed to do this: they feed my blog entries to Twitter for me, but I like the Hootsuite at the moment!) Twitter could actually be the motivation I need to get my Delicious bookmarks in order: I’ve had an account since 2007 but have hardly touched it for years, until now.

    So anyway, do keep on exploring: if nothing else, I hope that this course gives you enough knowledge to recognise when the time finally comes that a “thing” is going to be useful for you, that is exactly the tool that you need!

    24 Nov 2011, 17:39

  2. Mark Carrigan

    Twitter is probably my favourite tool of all those covered on the course but, as Jenny says, it depends on what you find works for you personally. I’m running a Twitter course with a friend next term in the REX for Warwick PhD students if you’re interested (using the hashtag #warwickPhD) which will focus on finding uses for Twitter which meet your personal academic needs. I guess like all these things, it depends on whether there are enough people with similar interests using it at present. Even if there aren’t, it’s worth keeping your account and checking in every now and again just because social media is spreading so quickly within academia that, even if there aren’t many people you want to connect with on there now, there might be in the not too distant future.

    11 Dec 2011, 09:55


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