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Social media for academics

How can the use of social media enhance your academic experiences?

Jon Tennant

on 11 December 2014

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Transcript of Social media for academics

How far down the rabbit hole will you go?
Web 2.0?
Who am I..?
Jon Tennant
Nature, Discover, Earth Touch etc
@protohedgehog (don't ask)
What the heck is social media??
The almighty Twitter
Crowd-sourcing advice/information
Outlet for blogs etc.
Digital conference attendance
Why bother??
Post-publication peer review #openscience
Networking, 21st century style
Virtual conferences
Jobs, grants, events
Really damn fast
Science communication - new audiences
Your online profile
Impact case studies (oh, hi REF)
Jobs! Grants!
Time keeps slipping away
=> Think strategically
It's just writing about your breakfast isn't it? And totally just for hipsters.
Er, no.
Guest blogging/group blogs
Practice writing skills
Collect and share thoughts
Science communication outlet
Feedback/discussion forum
Open up research
Get invited to badass conferences
Is it worth it?
Impact assessment
Blog statistics - hits, comments
Altmetrics - social media shares
The anecdotal stuff
The community

Does blogging enhance your academic profile?

Aidan Horner: Views on blogging are polarised, a lot like marmite

Chris Chambers: Being anti-blogging is "..narrow ivory-tower hypocritical bollocks."

To wit.. What does it even mean to be an academic these days?
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