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Curating your Online Presence: Twitter

Interested in boosting your visibility online? This is the guide to get you started.


Twitter: Classic social networking site used by academics to post and share research.  'Likes' and 'shares' feed into analytics tools such as PlumX Analytics, which is embedded in Scopus.

Twitter: Select it or Reject it?

Why Select Twitter? Why Reject Twitter?
  • Researchers in your discipline have a presence there and you want to make connections.
  • You want to share news about your work and publications to a broad audience.
  • You want to increase your alternative metrics counts (tweets about your work are tracked by PlumX Analytics and can therefore raise the visibility of your work).
  • You want to interact with others online who are interested in your work.
  • You are concerned about what Twitter will do with your personal information.
  • You are concerned about privacy.
  • You are concerned about online harassment and trolling.
  • You do not have the time to keep your Twitter feed fresh and up-to-date.