Twitter – an information network based on publishing the latest news
The most important functionalities:
- a free information service with millions of users
- popular among scholars willing to share their research results immediately
- a microblogging service where users post short messages (up to 280 characters) with hashtags
- a knowledge and research popularizing tool
- enables inviting participants for one’s projects
- its idea is based on following and sharing important information
- informs the user about scientific conferences and job opportunities
- creates personalized sources of information
- quickly passes information to students, colleagues and project participants
Recommended to academic teachers and students:
- interested in popularising their research and promoting their papers
- willing to participate in the international information exchange
- attempting to increase their research visibility
How to create a Twitter account
Register at (https://twitter.com/login?lang=pl); give your name and e-mail address (or phone number). Choose your visibility settings. Enter your verification code and complete account configuration: provide a password, send a picture and state basic personal information (the position you hold, the research you conduct, the institution you represent). Choose interesting subjects, e.g. Research news or Scientists.
The main mechanism on Twitter is following users and being followed. When you start following (1) a chosen person, their tweets will be visible on your main panel. Give likes (2), make comments (3) and share (4) tweets to increase your visibility.
Use your tweets to share materials published e.g. on Academia.edu or Google Scholar. Use online materials in your tweets. Use hashtags to categorize information – it will help other users to find your profile (#philosophy). Tag other users with “@” (np. @JagiellonskiUni).