Twitter for Academics: My Tips | Ellie Mackin Roberts
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Twitter for Academics: My Tips | Ellie Mackin Roberts


Hi everyone, today I want to talk about something
near and dear to my heart and that’s Twitter, and how you should use it as an academic.
I have a couple of tips general things that I think that make a good Twitter user, I want
to start by saying, though, that you don’t have to be on Twitter or any social media
at all unless you want to don’t fall into the trap of thinking all my colleagues are
on Twitter, all my friends are on Instagram, I have to do it it’s one more think in my
day egh. Because if you’re not getting anything out of if then there’s no point doing it.
But if you do want to start getting on with Twitter here are my tips. Tip one. Be someone.
What I mean is, upload a profile picture, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a picture
of your face a lot of high profile Twiterers – Tweeters – don’t have pictures of their
own face, also have a name and a handle and again they don’t necessarily have to be your
name mine is my name I’m @elliemackin and at the moment my name is Dr E Mackin Roberts
but some people don’t, you can stay anonymous on academic Twitter – as anonymous as you
would like to be and don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t contribute in an anonymous
fashion you absolutely can. Also have a bio and the bio should match what you want to
put in and get out of Twitter so mine says something like “Ancient historian, writing
books about Underworld gods, she/her, intersectional feminist” and like maybe some emojis, probably
some emojis I would definitely say that my bio has some emojis It doesn’t have to be
long it’s just kinda like who you are and what you’re doing and that kind of feeds into
my second tip which is Be Yourself – the person that you should be on Twitter is you and that
means that you don’t have to just be wooden and work oriented also speak about your life
crack jokes don’t shy away from topics that you’re passionate about including religion
and politics get involved – get involved in conversations learn some hashtags that apply
to your discipline one really good one that I like is #twitterstorians for historians
on Twitter and conferences there are loads and loads of ways to get involved on Twitter
at conferences with some caveats and I’m going to post a link below to Liz Gloyn’s really
great blog post on live tweeting etiquette Tip three find your tribe this seems to be
one of my tips for literally everything any kind of anything find your tribe social media
doesn’t have to be a bubble and there’s a lot of talk about like bubble-i-fication of
people’s social media that you’re only speaking to people with the same view points as you
that’s not a problem I don’t think that you should have to follow people who make you
uncomfortable unless you want to you should be reaching out and reading dissenting voices
but that doesn’t have to be in an interactive space so make Twitter a bubble if you want
it to be a bubble Find some hashtag and regular chats I mentioned Twitterstorians, I am a
co-moderator for the @ECRchat Twitter chats there are loads of different kinds of Twitter
chats you can search for some and see what the people who you start following are getting
involved with and you can get involved with those that can lead to new followers new interactions
new people that you can virtually meet and it can give you a bit of an idea about what
goes on on Twitter in a more organised way Twitter chats tend to be an hour long curated
chat with one or more moderators on a set topic how ECRchats tend to work is that there
are between three and five questions that we as moderators throw out and then we put
people together who are sort of talking about the same things The other think you can do
is find a list and see who to follow so one of my favourite lists is Liz Gloyn’s Classicist
Womens list it is as the name suggests a list of female classicists on Twitter and everybody’s
there and its great you can either use these lists to find people to follow or you can
follow the list you can get onto Tweetdeck you can make it one of your columns and then
you don’t necessarily have to follow people that you don’t normally interact with I personally
think follow people that you regularly interact with even when they’re on list that you also
follow And that gets to my fourth tip which is engage. Twitter is not an echo chamber
It is not a place for you to throw out you announcement and not get involved it is a
conversation also remember that this is a public forum that means two things the things
that you say on Twitter are public but people also expect to have other people get involved
in what they’re saying and people will get involved in what you’re saying that’s how
Twitter works it isn’t like having a conversation on the Tube where you expect that no body
else in the carriage will pitch in it is having a conversation on the Tube where everybody
can pitch in and that’s one of the great things about Twitter My personal advice is be liberal
with the block button I have no time – no time – for trolls, I don’t get involved in
any of those conversations I just block people you do you, if you want to block people block
people if you don’t don’t But don’t be a taker and that is my final tip Be A Giver give your
time give your opinion give your expertise give your generosity give your enthusiasm
and your excitement don’t just expect people to engage with you without engaging with them.
Finally remember that Twitter like all social media isn’t real life it’s not representative
of anybody’s actual lives we all have mess in the background that we don’t put on Twitter
on Instragram actually Instragram is a really good example because I have a research journal
instagram where I post pictures of pages from my planner and I don’t post the pictures that
I’ve scribbled all over or the pages that I’ve made massive mistakes on I post the pages
that I go yeah I’ve spent a bit of time on this and I’m really like I think it looks
really nice so remember that Twitter is not real life but it can be a great place to meet
people it can be a great place to find collaborators it can be a great place to find friends and
support and love and generosity and kindness and it can be a great place to give all of
that out into the world as well so if you want to you can follow me on Twitter I’m @elliemackin
you can also subscribe to my channel to get new videos and please like this video and
share it with anyone you think should be on Twitter and post your top Twitter tips in
the comments below and I’ll see you in the next video. Bye.

3 thoughts on “Twitter for Academics: My Tips | Ellie Mackin Roberts

  1. I'd like to know if anyone could recommend some hashtags or lists for plant genetics, genomics, epigenetics, agriculture, crop research? Thanks!

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