Raising your profile on social media


I have started being asked to give the odd talk to various groups of PhD students about using social media to develop their online profile. I thought it would be a good idea to write a quick blog post so that I can point people here and they can access the slides and further reading/ links. My slides are pretty basic but I think the content is good, and I’m happy with the session plan.

There was some recent discussion about a tongue in cheek article which developed a ‘K-index’, the relationship between citations and twitter followers. This has led to some very interesting discussion and spirited responses which are well worth looking at.

Useful links

Top 10 reasons for academics to use academia  Written for natural scientists but still relevant.

10 reasons why academics should use social media and twitter

Really good social media for research guide from Newcastle University

Using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities  A really good guide from the LSE

Tweeting academic research NB student Joanne clement blogs about her experiences using twitter

Reading List

Berry, D. M. (2011). “The computational turn: Thinking about the digital humanities.Culture Machine 12(0): 2.

Berry, D. M. (2012). Understanding digital humanities, Palgrave Macmillan.

Borgman, C. L. (2009). “The digital future is now: A call to action for the humanities.” Digital humanities quarterly 3(4).

boyd, d. m. and N. B. Ellison (2007). “Social network sites: Definition, history, and scholarship.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 13(1).

Costa, C. (2014). “Outcasts on the inside: academics reinventing themselves online.International Journal of Lifelong Education: 1-17.

Pearce, N., M. Weller, E. Scanlon and S. Kinsley (2011). “Digital scholarship considered : how new technologies could transform academic work.” in education 16(1).

Puschmann, C. and M. Bastos (2015). “How Digital Are the Digital Humanities? An Analysis of Two Scholarly Blogging Platforms.” PloS one 10(2): e0115035.

Ross, C., M. Terras, C. Warwick and A. Welsh (2010). “Pointless babble or enabled backchannel: conference use of twitter by digital humanists.” Digital Humanities.

Stewart, B. (2015). “Open to influence: what counts as academic influence in scholarly networked Twitter participation.” Learning, Media and Technology: 1-23.

Weller, M. (2011). The Digital Scholar: How Technology Is Transforming Scholarly Practice London, Bloomsbury. [this book is open access and available for free online]

Wilkes, L. and N. Pearce (2011). Fostering an Ecology of Openness: the role of social media in public engagement at the Open University. Teaching Arts and Science with the New Social Media. C. Wankel, Emerald.

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About digitalscholar

I am a sociologist with an interest in new technology. Previously I’ve worked on a number of projects at Lancaster University and the Open University looking at the use of new technologies and social media by researchers. I was also a social sciences teaching fellow at the foundation centre at Durham University teaching sociology and anthropology. I am now a senior lecturer at the University of West London's Institute for Teaching, Innovation and Learning where I oversee the foundation provision and support retention. I'm sure I'll still be interested in, and occasionally blog about, tech related things. I use this blog to post thoughts about using new technologies in my professional academic life and wider thoughts and links relating to technology more generally.
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