Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities
Produced by the LSE Public Policy Group 2011.
Authors: Amy Mollett, Danielle Moran and Patrick Dunleavy
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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