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Posted by Marilyn Dispensa at 10:18AM   |  Add a comment

 I've had a Twitter account @indispenzable for a few years but hadn't really used it until after I attended a workshop at the 2011 Distance Learning Conference in Madison this past August. There was a very active Twitter contingent there and it was exciting to be communicating with people who are sitting in the same sessions and even partaking in a "Tweet-up" which is a face-to-face meeting of people who meet via Twitter.  The conference organizers designated the hash tag #dtl2011 as the official tag of the conference and if included in your tweet, those interested can follow the stream.  I don't follow people that post what they ate for breakfast but a community that shares news, links, of things of interest to me.  Sometimes it is overwhelming but a quick glance of the tweets once or twice a day allows me to catch an article that I may have missed otherwise.

I want to share a resource (that I detected via Twitter) that was created collaboratively. This short document (download in sidebar) shows new users how to get started on Twitter and hone their tweeting style, as well as offers advice to more experienced users on how to use Twitter for research projects, alongside blogging, and for use in teaching.  See this blog post about the project.

Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities

A guide for academics and researchers
Amy Mollett, Danielle Moran and Patrick Dunleavy (LSE Public Policy Group 2011)
Twitter is a form of free micro-blogging which allows users to send and receive short public
messages called tweets. Tweets are limited to no more than 140 characters, and can include
links to blogs, web pages, images, videos and all other material online. You can start tweeting in
10 minutes, anytime, from your computer, smart phone or tablet.

By following other people and sources you are able to build up an instant, personalized
Twitter feed that meets your full range of interests, both academic and personal. Thousands of
academics and researchers at all levels of experience and across all disciplines already use
Twitter daily, alongside more than 200 million other users.

Yet how can such a brief medium have any relevance to universities and academia, where
journal articles are 3,000 to 8,000 words long, and where books contain 80,000 words? Can
anything of academic value ever be said in just 140 characters?

This guide answers these questions, showing you how to get started on Twitter and showing you
how Twitter can be used as a resource for research, teaching and impact activities.



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