Because Twitter has paused verification, I see consistent photos across multiple channels as an unofficial way to confirm you are who you say you are.
Also, no sunglasses.
Check if your university encourages/requires disclosures. If they don’t, it’s still a good idea.
“Views are my own” is sufficient.
Add a website link to your profile. Your uni directory, personal site, Google scholar or LinkedIn work well.
-Only retweet high quality posts.
-Limit retweeting a ton of posts in a row. It’s low effort.
-Goal behind most posts should be to add value or create conversations.
-Congratulate others for achievements.
They will change as you become more familiar with the platform.
Setting personal guidelines will make it easier for you post with purpose and intention. It removes ambiguity and hesitation.
Not exhaustive, but it’ll get you started and make Twitter a useful tool instead of a distraction.
If you don’t advocate for yourself, who will?
To balance “self promotion”:
-Retweet the work of people in your field. Esp. jr faculty!
-Reference someone’s publication in a seminar? Post a pic of the slide. Include their handle.
Oftentimes, colleagues will go out of their way to help you build a following by retweeting your work or following your handle.
Use this to your advantage and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Don’t have an opener for someone you admire but would be too shy to approach normally? Introduce yourself and let them know you admire their work on Twitter.
Works every time.
People appreciate it. Plus, it’s a great icebreaker.
Hi I’m [name] and I’m a [PhD candidate, prof., researcher, ...] working on [specialization] that will help us understand [societal relevance].
I joined Twitter to [expand my network, share science, ...]
Simple tips and directions can help lower anxiety and give purpose to posts.
Starting off with the “@EricTopol method.” His tweets summarize articles well.
(Avoid posting screenshots of publications that are not open access though.)
When you summarize the key points of a publication, you are also practicing concise communication.
I often meet people that worry about social media becoming a distraction.
It’s only a distraction if you allow it to become one.
-Check Twitter for x mins in the AM/PM. Set an alarm to keep you accountable.
-Check it throughout the day only when walking between buildings/meetings.
..but really, when you’re getting started, don’t stress. Focus on understanding Twitter first. #AcademicTwitter
It’s fine. [unclear]
It’s fine. 🙂👍 [no problem]
It’s fine. 😔😢 [accepting, but sad]
When face-to-face, we communicate using a lot of nonverbal cues. We don’t have that over text.
-Text in each tweet is different from the blog title
-1st post: language is general
-2nd post targets STEM faculty
-Hashtags: unique in each tweet to increase visibility
Is the person creating conversations?
Are they attacking others?
Do they operate on facts or fear?
Those questions should help you decide whether or not to engage with someone new.