Category Archives: Twitter

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.

Video transcript

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 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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23 Research Things programme launching 10th October

I really encourage you to take part in the new 23 Research Things programme which has been developed by colleagues from the Betty & Gordon Moore Library. It launches on Monday 10th October.

What is this 23 Research Things?

23 Research Things is a training programme that will introduce you to 23 research tools or concepts to help inform your studies, research, or knowledge of the research process.

Who is it for?

Anyone can take part in the 23 Research Things programme whether you are working at undergraduate, postgraduate, postdoctoral, or researcher/academic level. Those working directly with students and researchers are also welcome to take part.

So what are you going to cover?

All topics will be presented as a video overview with some specific examples to give context so you can apply them to your own individual situation. We’ll be covering a whole range of different things such as using Twitter for research, how to collaborate using tools, and how to communicate ideas and research to different audiences.

When will it be and how much time will it take?

The 23 Research Things programme will run during Michaelmas Term 2016, starting officially on 10 October and running through to Friday 2 December 2016. We will release around 2-3 new ‘things’ each week for you to explore and experiment with. The programme is self-directed and reflective so all participants are encouraged to blog about their experiences of the ‘things’ that we cover.

Anyone can join the programme at any time and dip in and out of topics if you do not have time to do the whole thing but anyone who does blog about all 23 Research Things during the running of the programme will get a shiny certificate at the end plus our eternal gratitude and respect for being so dedicated.

You can find out much more about the topics that will be covered here:

There’s also an an overview and timetable here:

#ShareMyThesis competition – enter for a chance to win a 15 inch MacBook Pro

mortarboardAre you currently studying for or have you completed a PhD degree? Do you want to tell the world why it’s important? The #ShareMyThesis competition challenges PhD students past and present to summarise on Twitter why their PhD research is important in 140 characters or less. The competition is open to entries from all subject areas. Find out more and to how to enter visit: The closing date is 9th February 2015 at 10:00. Good luck!