Twitter for researchers

Twitter is a microblogging social media platform. You can build a following, network with peers, hear about news, find out about new articles and engage in the conversation.

About Twitter

  • Communicate in short messages (called tweets) in 280 characters or less.
  • Share text, images, videos and web links from a tweet.
  • Discover new audiences and follow them to subscribe to their tweets.
  • Audiences will engage by following you, liking and commenting on your tweet.

Create a profile

  • Choose the right username. This is the name that you’ll be known as on Twitter
  • Write a short bio that explains your research in lay terms.
  • Upload a photo of you, not a logo.
  • Direct new audiences to a project website or blog by including a link
  • Follow University branding naming guidelines

Find the right people to follow

Get tweeting

  • Introduce yourself by sending your first tweet.
  • Use the retweet button to share someone else’s tweet.
  • Your tweets may be shared by your followers and beyond.
  • Share anything from a comment, image, gif or video to links to blogs, research webpages, articles, survey, and more! 
  • Want to share a URL in under 280 characters? Use Bitly to get a shortened version.
  • Photographs of people can be considered personal data. Ask for written consent to use photographs and archive this information for the future.
  • Different types of material have their own copyright frameworks. Read the University’s copyright policy and guidelines and contact for advice.

Engage with your audience

  • Engage with your audience to keep them interested in your research.
  • Like a tweet by pressing the heart button.
  • Ask for opinions when you share your next post.
  • Set your followers a challenge so they actively engage with your work.
  • Respond to comments or direct messages to show you appreciate feedback.
  • Follow other people and engage with their content.


If you have any queries, email

Research support links

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