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

Step 1

Register at (; 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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Use your tweets to share materials published e.g. on 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).