Three PhD students ponder…is Twitter worth it? Part IV: Extra credit

In this fourth and final post in our series (here are links to parts one, two, and three), we’ve rounded up some further reading that may be of interest to you.  And because Twitter is at its best when it’s about community, I’d love to learn from useful resources that you have drawn upon.  If you have any relevant links, please send them through!  Tweet me (@jacquietran) and I’ll add them to the list (with due credit, of course).

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read / tweet about / share our blog series on “Is Twitter Worth It?”  To be honest, I wasn’t sure how well the series would be received – I wondered about “preaching to the choir” by sharing this info through social media networks – so it’s pleasing to see that the posts have already been viewed over 650 times, collectively!  Here’s a selection of tweets we’ve received in response to our posts:




Finally, thanks again to Nathan Lee (@NathanAndyLee) and Chris Brandner (@ChrisBrandner) for giving up their time and sharing their insights throughout this blog series!

Blog posts

“Scientists using Twitter: Dispelling the myths” (written by Sarah Boon for the Canadian Science Publishing Blog)

“Serious scientists know that science is a community endeavour that isn’t limited to the rarefied air of the institution, and see Twitter as a networking and idea-generating resource. “

 “A scientist’s guide to social media” (written by Chris Tachibana for Science Careers)

“(Karyn Traphagen, executive director of ScienceOnline)…says that social media sites can create genuine, interactive, and far-reaching communities. Social media is a great equalizer.”


Journal articles and reports

“An introduction to social media for scientists” (citation: Bik, H.M., & Goldstein, M.C. (2013). An introduction to social media for scientists. PLOS Biology, 11(4): e1001535. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001535)

“Regardless of the platform, social media interactions require two-way conversations.”

“‘Feeling better connected’: Academics’ use of social media” (citation: Lupton, D. (2014). ‘Feeling better connected: Academics’ use of social media. Canberra, Australia: News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra.

“The openness and opportunities for engagement that from one perspective are some of the most valuable attributes of social media can also be the most challenging elements of their use.”

Curated content

NetworkedPractice (ScoopIt collection curated by Joyce Seitzinger, @catspyjamasnz)



Edit (03/07/2014): thanks to Sheree Bekker (@shereebekker, PhD student from Federation University) for the following resources from the 2014 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport:

“Embracing social media for research promotion and dissemination” (presented by Caroline Finch, @CarolineFinch)

“Social media is changing the way research is communicated.”

“What value can social media add to conferences?” (written by Claire Bower for the BMJ Web Development Blog, @clairebower)

“Monitoring the social media buzz around events will provide insights into what attendees liked and disliked, which can help organisers make improvements for next time.”

“Social media analytics: why bother?” (presented by Claire Bower, @clairebower)

“Twitter analytics: #IOCprev2014” (compiled by Claire Bower, @clairebower)

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