We hope to inspire you to use Twitter more effectively by sharing our list of some of the ways we’re using Twitter.
- Our blog is linked to Twitter, so that blog posts are automatically tweeted, but we do tweet manually about our blog posts, too.
- We tweet almost daily about what’s happening on Piirus: we welcome members from new countries and institutions, and tweet about research areas where collaborations are being sought. These tweets are now being summarised on Storify, and feature as Planet Piirus blog articles once a week.
- We’re social: we say thanks, and reply to direct messages!
- We tweet about tips for researchers with our hashtag #piirustips
- We find people to follow on Twitter: Twitter often suggests interesting Twitter profiles to us. We watch who follows us, and follow back, and we see who the people we follow are following, to find more interesting people! See our recent list of Twitter feeds for academics to follow for more ideas.
- We watch certain hashtags, for events and particular purposes, and try to use those in our own tweets, and we engage with events like #AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month), blogging and tweeting on the theme.
- We are building a Twitter list of researchers who blog: this is growing, and you can tell us about your blog by tweeting with #Researchblog as this is one of the tags we’re watching.
- We occasionally re-tweet or “MT” (an edited re-tweet) content that we want to share with our followers.
- We favourite tweets that we value highly, and by way of encouragement to others (eg those announcing that they have achieved writing goals as part of AcWriMo)
- We watch which tweets have been successful! Twitter’s own Analytics tell us this. Here are some tweets that have had a wider than average reach in the last month:
- Piirus can help you to improve the visibility of your #research outside your institution #lovehe #ecrchat http://ow.ly/EEILL
- We’re collecting twitter feeds of researchers who blog. Tell us if we should include you!#researchblog #ecrchat http://ow.ly/Fazuj
- #AcWriMo. Shut up and write! By our Social Sciences Correspondent http://wp.me/p4wBTG-1eZ
- Want to know what Piirus is? RLUK introduce http://ow.ly/EEGWO , Monash Uni describe http://ow.ly/EEGWP We say http://ow.ly/EEGWQ
- Which reference management tools do you use? How do you choose? #AcWriMo #ecrchat #piirustips See our tips: http://ow.ly/EEWn0
Post by Jenny Delasalle, Piirus blog editor.
Jenny Delasalle is the editor of the Piirus Blog. Jenny is a freelance copywriter and librarian, currently based in Berlin, Germany. This means that she works collaboratively and remotely with the rest of the Piirus team. Jenny is interested in scholarly communications, bibliometrics, copyright and many other things besides and blogs and tweets as herself. Jenny previously worked at the University of Warwick Library in support of researchers at Warwick, for a number of years as well as at other UK university libraries, before that!