Every now and then we run a poll on Twitter, usually in association with a blogpost so that we can embed the polls here and then they are not lost forever in Twitter's vast timeline. This also helps us to share with you what other researchers like you have said because we know that community spirit is important in academia. I've been reflecting on our … [Read more...] about Polling time: Editor’s top 3 Twitter polls
We’ve been looking at the theme of “saying no” recently on the piirus.ac.uk blog. Our regular correspondent Andrew Clappison took this theme as a chance to acknowledge that knowing when to say ‘no’ to social media can be incredibly valuable. While piirus.ac.uk is a natural fan of social media, I know it can also be a big black hole. It’s far too easy to … [Read more...] about Your personal social media strategy, or Knowing when to say ‘No’ to social media
Recently an article I wrote with a colleague went viral. We had media interest over two days from all over the world. There was even an article by the Science Editor in The Times, which feels a strange thing to say about a little essay. The article has been published in over 30 languages across 1,000 media outlets. Because it was just a little … [Read more...] about Going viral: 3 tips to help you through
Following on from Kathy's excellent tips on getting started with Twitter earlier on this blog, here are my top three tips on building your academic Twitter presence in the most efficient way possible, to save time and find both content and contacts of interest to you. 1. Follow others: our matching service and our lists If you're a member … [Read more...] about 3 ways to save time when building an academic Twitter profile
We at piirus.ac.uk love finding ways to connect researchers with opportunities! With our new Piirus Associate option, which opens up academic consultancy possibilities, or with our classic profile-matching service for all members. Many opportunities arise through making connections with other researchers - often across disciplinary and national … [Read more...] about Summer 2016: piirus.ac.uk members seeking collaboration
In part 1 of our ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic you set up your Twitter account with a picture and biography, and sent your first tweet. What’s next? In part 2 we cover steps six to ten... 6. Create empathy and interest in your tweets In my experience, nothing beats a cat photo to create interest in a tweet. In the absence of … [Read more...] about Ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic: part 2
In a previous post, we shared a few social media tips to start a Twitter account for even the shyest among us. So now that you’ve taken a deep breath and joined, what next? We thought we’d help out with the basics. Here are our first five of ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic and creating a positive representation of yourself that you’re … [Read more...] about Ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic: part 1
More and more often, academics are being encouraged to engage with social media, particularly Twitter. More and more frequently, social media engagement and presence influences how we are perceived nationally and internationally, particularly as funding bodies are beginning to increasingly recognise research outputs that are more social and media and … [Read more...] about Three tips for Twitter as a (shy) newcomer
From #ScholarSunday to #phdchat, Twitter's hashtags have the potential to foster research collaboration and celebration. Academia can be a hard enough gig without us thinking that we’re alone in it. Twitter (like piirus.ac.uk!) allows us to meet academics we might never have met otherwise, not just because of geographic distance but also differences in … [Read more...] about When a hashtag gives you a collaborative network: #letscollaborate
In this blogpost from piirus.ac.uk member Zoe Bulaitis, English Literature PhD Student, we hear about places that you can look for academic events and conferences to attend. Summer means conference season in academia. From casual graduate symposia popping up across campuses, to the vast annual international gatherings of scholars in one dedicated field, … [Read more...] about How do you find conferences to attend? Some useful sources
Until recently, the only time I'd ever tried live tweeting was while watching BBC Question Time using the dedicated hashtag #bbcqt. Following that hashtag was fascinating, enlightening and often hilarious but I no longer had a clue what was going on in the actual television debate. For this reason I had been reluctant to live tweet at conferences - surely … [Read more...] about I live tweeted, and I liked it.
This guest blogpost by Andrew Marsh (@marshgroup, who works @warwickchem) reveals some of the main reasons for scientists to tweet and is full of useful examples. Why would researchers, students and academics want to share experiences or their views on research through social media? Well, at its most basic, isn’t that what we do all the time through … [Read more...] about From #realtimechem to #whywedoresearch: Who are the Tweeting scientists?
As our correspondent Ryan Anderson reported last week, piirus.ac.uk hosted a Twitter chat recently. Ryan co-hosted the event with Arun Verma, who introduced the event on this blog and chose his top 5 tweets to share in a Storify, before he left our social media team to concentrate on writing up his thesis. [<a … [Read more...] about How do you love your research? Top 5 tweets from our February #piirusvoices event
On the 12th of February, as part of the #Piirusvoices campaign, piirus.ac.uk hosted a Twitter chat centering around the theme of loving your research. The event, jointly chaired by piirus.ac.uk correspondents Arun Verma and myself was essentially run as a large group discussion that academics were free to drop into and out of as they pleased. There … [Read more...] about Twitter for academics – my first ever Twitter chat
Twitter hashtags are a great way to join a conversation and feel part of a community. But how do you know which hashtags to use or follow? We've written a lot on the topic of Twitter hashtags before in an effort to help you get started. Jenny's shared her top 13 hashtags for new academics and 12 broad academic hashtags, as well as hashtags for open and … [Read more...] about See our collection of Twitter hashtags for researchers – and add to it