Today my search on academic tweeting turned up several good hits: good because they were more recent and because they have good tips!
is a blog from Online Academic: Twitter for Academics, and provides clear, straight-forward advice. Read the blog post. The author, PhD Jojo Scoble, has written an e-book: Twitter for Academics: a guide, which I have bought ($3.99 US) and downloaded – more great tips!
is older (2012) by Katrina Gulliver in the Chronicle of Higher Education: 10 Commandments of Twitter for Academics. She writes:
“Twitter is what you make of it, and its flexibility is one of its greatest strengths.”
Some of her concrete points include:
- It helps you get to know a lot of great people whom you probably wouldn’t have met otherwise.
- You can engage directly with scholars whose work you admire.
- You can get copies of obscure articles much faster than you would have received them from an interlibrary loan.
- It’s important to have a keyword, or hashtag, that others can search for when you want to communicate with networks beyond your own followers. Whatever your discipline, there’s probably a hashtag in use, but if there isn’t, create one.
- DON’T make an account solely to promote a new book or project. Build an audience first.
- You can ask for or about anything on Twitter. It is amazing how knowledgeable your Twitter friends can be. AND you are allowed on Twitter to admit to having a life outside of academia.
- Not everyone has to use Twitter the same way.
- Twitter is a kind of “water cooler chat”.
Here are some twitter accounts she recommends (I have checked them – still actively going!):
Lauren Hall-Lew, linguistics at the University of Edinburgh (@dialect); Mark Sample, English at George Mason University (@samplereality); Rebecca Goetz, history at Rice University (@historianess); Greg Restall, philosophy at the University of Melbourne (@consequently); and Kate Clancy, anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (@KateClancy).
one comes from Times Higher Education: The weird and wonderful world of academic Twitter, by Glen Wright, in 2015.
Among other things he writes; ~1 in 40 academics tweet; hashtags are great for community building.
from the Guardian in March 2016, Hellen Lock writes: Follow the leaders: the best social media accounts for academics, which is absolutely full of wonderful links!