Twitter is an online social networking tool in which users post 280 character updates = tweets, often with a link or an image. Their mission is

…to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.

  • If Twitter is completely new to you, take a look at Twitter dictionary.

  • Watch Twitter Tutorials in YouTube, for example
    • How to Create a Twitter Account
    • Twitter Profiles
    • Twitter Privacy
    • How to Tweet
    • How to Retweet
    • Who to Follow
    • How to Send Direct Messages
Optional task: Create a Twitter account.

You do not have to tweet if you do not want to You can stay silent. But it is a great channel to follow any topic. Many news hit Twitter first. Maybe you will find yourself in the middle of an academic debate. Follow academic and scholarly tweeters and tweets to avoid getting in the middle of other debates.

Start for example by following your own department if it has an account and some or all of these.

Take a look at which of the most distinguished researchers in your field are tweeters. Or check what comes up with hastags like #bigdata, #impactfactors, #julkaisufoorumi, #openaccess, #opendata, #openscience or any keyword related to your research interests.

Further reading

(8/2022 TO)