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Last year I wrote a post called Twitter 101 for Educators. Since then, Twitter use by educators has really taken off. Hashtags such as #highered, #educause, #edchat and #edtech are widely used.
But I think in the academic realm, Twitter is underutilized for research and collaboration. For this reason I put together a Prezi called “Twitter for Research and Information” as part of a presentation to University of Washington Department of Communication graduate students and included people that communication researchers might wish to follow.
For example, I started with the National Communication Association (@NatComm) Twitter feed and from there looked at the follower list (unfortunately @NatComm hasn’t created any of its own lists yet). I did find one other user when I clicked on the #nca2010 hashtag – during the event will be a great time to find more people to follow using this hashtag – and also found a list as I went through the followers, which was called teamrhetoric. It was then that I realized #teamrhetoric is also used as a hashtag and found quite a few more Twitter users that way.
This process does take some time, but it should give you a great start on finding followers with whom you can collaborate and share research ideas.
Are you using Twitter for research? Please share your experiences.