Category Archives: social media

Thing 22 – Tracking success

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We’ve covered a lot of different tools for sharing and promoting your research. From Twitter to blogging, and sharing slides to sharing data through Creative Commons, there’s lots of ways to shout about what you do and how you do it.

But how do you track whether any of these efforts are even being noticed? Well, that’s what Thing 22 is all about…alternative metrics!

Check out our video all about exciting analytics and metrics that are easy to use and brilliant at helping you find out what is going on in the online world that’s out there.

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Thing 22 activities

Explore the analytics section of your Twitter account. What sort of things did you find out?

Track a URL using TweetReach. Try experimenting using a URL from an existing tweet

Add the Altmetric bookmarklet to your browser and test it out on some academic articles (either your own or from someone…

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Thing 8 – and ResearchGate

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There’s a lot of social media stuff out there, but what about social media dedicated to academic communities? There are currently two main platforms offering services for academics and researchers: and ResearchGate. Both platforms allow for researchers to set up a profile, link to their research, engage with other researchers and follow research outputs in their areas of interest.

These platforms are often compared to Facebook which is a fairly accurate description as they are both run by for-profit organisations and this can cause complications with ownership of research if you do upload your work to their website. However, as tools to promote your work and connect with other people working in your area, both platforms have a lot of offer.

In this video, we will break down the various pros and cons of each platform to help you decide which one might be a good one for you to…

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Thing 7 – LinkedIn

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Welcome to Week 3 where we will be looking at the theme of Connecting Up.

There are many professional networking platforms out there at the moment but one of the more established players is LinkedIn. While LinkedIn has sometimes become a source of humour with its incessant invites and reminder emails, it does have a lot of value especially when it comes to having one place to show off yourself and your skills, as well as connecting with interesting new people.

Check out this video for a quick overview of the basics of LinkedIn.

Video transcript

Here’s a helpful LinkedIn overview handout too.

By maintaining a professional looking LinkedIn profile, you not only have a handy place for people to find you if they Google you but you also increase your chances of someone finding you and your research and reaching out to collaborate on a project or…

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Thing 6 – Creating new content

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We consume a huge amount of news and information in our daily lives but have you ever thought about what it would be like to turn that consumption into something new and useful for other people? We will look at several curation tools that will allow you to do just that.

In Thing 5 we looked at Twitter and the myriad of different ways in can be used for communication. But how do you capture all of that information in a way that you can keep and come back to for reference? Well check out this video to learn more.

Video transcript

Here are the Storify links mentioned in the above video:

Here’s a handout with an overall summary of each tool that we’ve discussed in the video above.


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Thing 5 – Twitter

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Twitter is one of the most successful microblogging platforms currently available on the web. In 140 characters, you can send out messages to Twitter’s over 310 million active users and beyond. As an open online space (as opposed to things like Facebook which require an account), people can talk and share about whatever they want.

While this sometimes can be people’s breakfasts or celebrity news (nothing wrong with that!), Twitter can be used for more substantial content such as political discussions, critiques of public figures and/or their actions, as well as sharing and collaborating on new research. Twitter can be whatever you want to be, whether it’s a resource that you keep an eye on and don’t interact with that much, or something that you use to communicate ideas and views to a wide range of audiences. Twitter is a very powerful tool and can be used to reach many…

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Thing 3 – Managing your online identity

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We live in an age where almost every person uses some form of online services, such as banking and shopping, or keeping in touch with friends via social media platforms. Every time you use an online service, you leave some form of trace through personal information, cookies or other data about you being stored.

If you want to visually unpack how you use the web, you can use the excellent Visitors and Residents mapping method to work out where you are on a continuum as an internet user. While this tool has been developed primarily to understand how people engage with the web, it can also be a really useful reflective tool if you want to understand a bit more about your own use. Further information can be found here, including a helpful video guide.

Now check out our video about managing your online identity to find out more…

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Thing 2 – Getting your blog started

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Welcome to Thing 2, good to see you again. As mentioned in Thing 1, blogging is a big part of this programme as it gives you the opportunity to reflect on what particular Thing you have explored, especially with regards how you feel about it and if you want to use it as part of your work. Check out this video where we talk about reflective blogging.

Video transcript

There are many free blogging platforms out there but for 23 Research Things we have decided to use WordPress. Feel free to use whatever platform you want, you might even have set up a blog already. If you need some help getting started with WordPress, we have put together this useful handout with all the starter steps covered. WordPress does change how it looks from time to time so we’ve done our best to make sure this is as up-to-date…

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