Twitter is a social media tool used by millions of people world-wide. Twitter is an easy and quick way to engage and share ideas, thoughts and information to other researchers beyond your close networks. It’s also a great way to promote your research, share a link to your new publication or advertise any upcoming conferences/events in your field.
Twitter is a form of microblogging, each post has a limit of 280 characters and the use of hashtags can group and link concepts and ideas easily. Twitter has inbuilt features which allows a post to include images, (photos, gifs, emojis, etc), videos, and links to material along with your post.
Twitter is a quick and easy way to share and promote your research to the research network worldwide. It can be accessed via PC or can be downloaded as an app on your smartphone which makes it a platform that is easy to connect to when you are away from your desk. By following other researchers in your field from other institutions or in the private sector you can keep up to date with the latest developments in research, events or publications. It’s a fun way to connect with others and receive the latest news and media updates.
Twitter is also included in alternative metrics provider Altmetric. Altmetric tracks the attention that research outputs receive online including: