I have found myself evangelising about Twitter to fellow students this week. Previously, I wrote about branching out into the twittersphere for academic purposes and have tried to do more than retweet recently. I have discovered calls for more papers and conferences than anyone could fit into their scheduled; found an invitation to an AHRC workshop moments after its announcement and applied; read many tips on academic writing or managing when your research career ends – which have worried more than helped; laughed at Lego Academics.
I am also intrigued by the experience of tweeting during conference. This feels a little rude, without wanting to sound old-fashioned, but I think I may have a go at the forthcoming PhD by Design conference at Goldsmiths College, London in November.
Recognising Twitter has also been a hot topic this week in the arguments around finding alternative metrics to evidence the impact of research – Should citing via Twitter or other online platforms become a key measure in the same way as citation in a peer-reviewed journal? Altmetrics is interesting on this:http://altmetrics.org/manifesto/
Certainly, using Twitter to publicise blog posts on http://recoveredthreads.wordpress.com/ has made an incredible difference to views and followers from the UK, USA, Canada and Asia. I had no idea that these connections would make links to such varied people and interests. Naive, perhaps, but this is certainly the most immediate impact embracing the 23 Things programme has brought yet…