Social Media for the Social Sciences

Supporting the ALISS Web 2.0 workshop


Twitter – what is it?

  • Asks what are you up to right now?
  • Limited to just 140 characters
  • Like the status update feature on Facebook – and that’s all
  • Follow people you know, those you don’t, organisations, publications
  • Part blog, part social networking site, and part IM tool

Twitter in Plain English

… more Twitter related links from Delicious.

Twitter – an example

Intute: Economics on Twitter features blog posts and new Internet resources on Economics

Also follow other organisations / publication such as Times Higher, the Economist, HM Treasury, the FT and individual academics and individual academics

Twitter – possible uses

  • Pointers to online resources based around a course
  • Student reminders about deadlines
  • Breaking down barriers and getting to know others over this “virtual water cooler”
  • Keeping up to date for you and students
  • Instant lecture feedback – are you Twittering about this presentation?
  • 7 things you should know about Twitter by EDUCAUSE looks at this further
  • The Intute Twitter 500 some suggestions on educational use of Twitter


  • Go to Twitter at and register for an account
  • Add your first Tweet (short message of 140 characters)
  • Use the tag alissweb2 in your Tweet
  • Under Find People – try searching for Intute
  • Follow one of the Intute channels such as the Intute: Economics channel


Go to the Twitter Search page at:

Try a search term and filter the latest Tweets to those that contain links


Add your Twitter feed or one of the Intute Twitter feeds to your blog


Written by Paul Ayres

March 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm

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