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

Make your content accessible for everyone

Use the accessible content checklist to create a blog that is quicker and easier for everyone to understand and use, regardless of individal need. Making your online content accessibleis also a legal rquirement for universities. It's simple to do and makes a big difference.  

  • 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.

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.

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.

Get support

Click the button below to email the Research and Scholarly Communication team about social media for researchers.  

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