Bishop Blog has a Gentle Introduction to Twitter for Academics.
I am already on Twitter, but I think this would have been a very helpful post before I got on this last time. I was still somewhat at a loss to know what I should be doing it and how it would help me, but I intuitively thought that it would.
While I am not a big tweeter, I do have dozens of followers on Twitter. Why? Probably because other people have tweeted my stuff or retweeted it and then I’ve gotten followers from those tweets.
Here is what non-Twitter users need to know and may not about academic use of the very shortened social media Twitter:
This is where Twitter is such a useful resource for the academic: if you follow those who share your academic interests, they will point you to interesting stuff. When I first joined up I was impressed to find that within the first few days, Iâ€™d been directed to two new papers in my field that were very relevant to my work and that I hadnâ€™t known about.
This is very useful. I’ve found lots of stuff I needed to by following @readywriting. I have also found other people to follow based on information I am interested in, such as #fycchat or #highered. (These are hashtags which link to anything on the topic that tweeters have so marked.)