Tweet success: How to boost your online impact
- 18:00 21 August 2013 by Colin Barras
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Your social media toolkitThere are hundreds of ways to connect with your peers online. So, which are the sites worth using?
One in 40 researchers is now active on Twitter, a microblogging site that allows anyone to build a network of contacts and send short messages. You can use Twitter to reach out to the top names in your field and establish an online reputation.
More formal networking opportunities abound on professional networks such as LinkedIn and ResearchGate, with the latter boasting a science-focused membership of three million people.
Want to spread the word on your research before it has been published? Researchers are increasingly turning to personal blogs for this purpose. Others are uploading preprints, videos, figures and datasets to Figshare, a site that hosts the work of thousands of scientists. Most publishers do not consider uploads to Figshare as "prior publication" so will not use them as reasons to reject a paper later submitted to them.
Mendeley allows users to build libraries containing the research most relevant to them and share these libraries with colleagues.
Once you've developed an online presence, you can use altmetric tools to work out how effective it is. Sites like ImpactStory and Altmetric pull together information from many social networks, blogs and websites to quantify the online activity a study is generating and present it at a glance.
Tweet success: How to boost your online impact - 21 August 2013 - New Scientist