Kate Wing breaks down the criteria used for Science magazine’s list of Top Scientists on Twitter and finds the approach severely lacking. With a range of tools available for measuring social media impact, simplistic measures like follower number as a proxy of influence is outdated. But for all the flaws in Science’s approach, they have opened up a conversation about what should […]
Publicly available data from Twitter is public evidence and does not necessarily constitute an “ethical dilemma”.
An article in Scientific American suggests further ethical considerations should be made for research derived from Twitter data. Ernesto Priego questions first the extent to which Twitter will actually release all of its valuable data and also argues archiving and disseminating information from Twitter and other public archives does not have to be cause for an “ethical dilemma” so long […]
In a recent study, Haustein and colleagues found a weak correlation between the number of times a paper is tweeted about and subsequent citations. But the study also found papers from 2012 were tweeted about ten times more than papers from 2010. Emily Darling discusses the results and finds that while altmetrics may do a poor job at predicting the traditional […]
With all the demands of academia, becoming an active curator on Twitter may sound appealing but just too onerous a task. To help ease such anxiety, Allan Johnson shares his own Twitter workflow and suggests several tools and apps, such as Pocket and Buffer, to help academics make the most of their valuable time in contributing and curating content. The job of the humanities academic has always been […]
Salma Patel has been on a whistle-stop tour of academic social media channels. Here she shares her simple, practical tips for academics who want to start engaging with the wider world through social media. Question: I’m an academic and desperately need an online presence because I want to start engaging with the public and disseminate my research online - where do I […]
‘Good uni: Quality nightlife’. How harvesting tweets opens up a new world of valuable qualitative data
The qualitative data that is freely available on social media platforms has huge potential. Drawing on his research into what Twitter can tell us about the popularity of universities, Geraint Johnes writes that Twitter and Facebook messages could be the key to valuable data. The quantity of qualitative data generated by social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter is […]
If you don’t have social media, you are no one: How social media enriches conferences for some but risks isolating others
13,000 tweets, 430 photos and over 2,000 video views later, Dr Lisa Harris and Nicole Beale have plenty of data to investigate how social networking can change the conversation at an academic conference. Here, they report that while social media opens a new dimension to academic discussion, there are still challenges that must be addressed with its use. The impact […]
Earlier this year, the National Centre for Research Methods released a research paper to waves of interest from academics and researchers alike on Twitter. Kaisa Puustinen and Rosalind Edwards watched the number of downloads rise rapidly as the paper was passed around through the social media channel. Students, early career researchers and established academics may all ponder about how many […]
Eager to find out what impact blogging and social media could have on the dissemination of her work, Melissa Terras took all of her academic research, including papers that have been available online for years, to the web and found that her audience responded with a huge leap in interest in her work. In October 2011 I began a […]
Think tanks are neglecting cheap and easy social media, and failing to reach out to broader audiences for their work
Platforms such as Twitter, which offer a timely and low-cost medium to disseminate ideas are disrupting conventional approaches to public communication, but are think tanks really taking advantage of these new modes of communications? Research suggests not, write Dr Michael Harris and Chris Sherwood. A few weeks ago we did a quick bit of research on which UK think tanks had […]
Who gives a tweet? Evaluating microblog content gives us an insight into what makes a valuable academic tweet
Taking first steps in the Twitterverse can be a nerve-wrecking experience with new users unsure what thoughts to tweet to the world. Here, Paul André, Michael Bernstein and Kurt Luther attempt to fill the void and give some insights into what makes interesting and valuable microblog content. While microblogging has been found to have broad value as a news and […]
Continuous publishing has changed my experience of developing ideas and I’m more attentive to my ‘provisional outputs’ than my handwritten notes: I can’t imagine working in any other way
Reporting back after some months engaging in continuous publishing, Mark Carrigan finds himself more productive and more attentive to his provisional outputs. Publishing not only his work, but his thoughts and methods, out in the open web has also served to introduce him to new experiences such as podcasting and crowdsourcing. A few months ago Pat Lockley and I wrote an article for […]
Five minutes with Patrick Dunleavy and Chris Gilson: “Blogging is quite simply, one of the most important things that an academic should be doing right now”.
Ahead of the launch of EUROPP – an academic blog investigating matters of European politics and policy – next week, Patrick Dunleavy and Chris Gilson discuss social scientists’ obligation to spread their research to the wider world and how blogging can help academics break out of restrictive publishing loops. LSE’s Public Policy Group already run two academic blogs and you […]
Support, engagement, visibility and personalised news: Twitter has a lot to offer academics if we look past its image problem
Academics are discovering that twitter is much, much more than a space on which to talk about the latest reality show. Mark Carrigan outlines what academics can get out of the social media service and why the academic twittersphere really is the most no different from presenting to an audience. What’s the point of Twitter? Twitter has an image problem. It first […]
Do more tweets mean higher citations? If so, Twitter can lead us to the ‘personalised journal’; pinpointing more research that is relevant to your interests.
The time-lag associated with citations and journal publishing means that such strategies are almost useless as a means of identifying relevant papers from current literature. Martin Fenner writes that social media, and Twitter in particular, stands to change all that providing almost instant, relevant recommendations: your own ‘personalised’ journal. ‘Can Tweets predict citations?’ asked Gunther Eysenbach in a recent paper […]
By leveraging social media for impact, academics can create broader support for our intellectual work and profession.
Academics have a chance to make a ‘social impact investment’, by introducing the greater public to our work and bypassing the bottleneck of commercial publishers but only if we scrap our social media-shy ways, writes Antonio Casilli. In the latest issue of the online journal Fast Capitalism, an article by Jessie Daniels and Joe Feagin provides an insightful take […]
Five minutes with Bora Zivkovic: “The blog is a way for me to promote young and new voices, that’s why they call me The Blogfather!”
One of the best known science writers and bloggers in the online world, Bora Zivkovic is the chief editor and community manager of the Scientific American blogs network. Here he discusses his duty to encourage and promote new scientists, and the role of science communication in the 21st century.
What is the role of science communication today?
Well, that’s not an easy question. What’s the role […]
The New Year is classically a time for resolutions and diets, and this year might be the time to rethink our digital consumption. Ahead of his LSE lecture tonight, renowned journalist Daniel Sieberg offers timely advice for technology gluttons everywhere, explaining how best to ditch the digital dependency, take back control of your life, restore real relationships, and use technology […]
The role of peer review journals cannot be replaced by Twitter, blogs, or anything else (and I really believe in blogs!)
In a response to Jason Priem’s post advocating the use of Twitter by academics, Don Taylor writes that while Twitter, blogs and other social media should be part of academic life, we must not lose the slow, deliberative process that emphasizes thoughtful scholarship behind traditional publication in journals. A few weeks back, the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog published […]