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Social media knowledge exchange workshop

Tweets from an AHRC-funded workshop to help postgraduate students and early career researchers use social media effectively for the communication of their research and for career development.


  1. It was good to see Twitter used in the lead up to the event, and notably for speakers and delegates to get to know each other before arriving. This is a great way to build networks online, particularly if a conference hashtag has been announced in advance. It also means that you'll have someone to talk to when you get there!
  2. Including the event hashtag lets other people know that you're interested in the same issues as them, and they'll be more likely to make contact.
  3. Sometimes people will add a pre-existing hashtag - in this case the well-used #twitterstorians - to bring the event Twitter stream to the attention of a much wider audience.
  4. And you don't have to go to the event to get involved - you can participate online.
  5. Tweeting about an event is performing a service for the research community. Replying to or mentioning other people on Twitter will also help you to make connections.
  6. And now on to the programme itself. It doesn't take many active Tweeters in the room to give a good sense to those participating online of what's being discussed. Our first speaker was Laura Cowdrey, Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator at The National Archives.
  7. It's a good idea to identify the speaker at least once, both for clarity and to ensure that you're correctly crediting them. It's easy for something to appear as your own opinion when you're actually reporting what someone else has said.
  8. Historypin was one of several social media tools/platforms discussed at the workshop which were unfamiliar to people in the audience.