Academic Use of Twitter #acadtwitter

These are the edited highlights of an online discussion about use of Twitter by academics. Why would you ever want to use it (isn't it just about what footballer is sleeping with which TV star?), how can it benefit you, and most importantly, what do people want to follow in an academic account?

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  1. It all started one Thursday morning when, handed the honour (??) of delivering a training course on social media in education/academia at The University of York, I decided to ask an innocuous question...
  2. Very quickly a number of people gave responses, and a consensus began to emerge - Twitter should not only be professional - it should also be human...
  3. And the point of Twitter is to engage with people - not to speak at them.  It is not a simple publicity machine...
  4. Of course I am not the first person to think about this issue and there are a lot of great ideas out there a number of which got highlighted during the discussions...
  5. And some of the very best boiled-down 140-character tips came from Tom...
  6. As was noted by a number of others
  7. However, my undergraduate students have their own ideas about what makes an academic Twitter account engaging...
  8. And speaking of food - it was time to poke the debate a little over lunch
  9. Of course most academics don't even leave their computer screens - preferring to grab a quick sandwich in the office - so the responses flooded in...
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