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What is Twitter?

Twitter is a microblog where you have 140 characters to your disposal to write a comment, post a link or to discuss a topic with others. You can also retweet other users tweets (posts). It is possible to use Twitter for both networking and interaction with others in the same field, but also for sharing information and monitor your field. You can connect Twitter with other channels such as a blog, a website or a social media network for researchers such as Researchgate.

Get started with Twitter

When you create an account at Twitter you choose a name and a username (pick a short one!). Write a presentation of yourself and link to your blog or website if you have one. 

Think about what you would like to use Twitter for and in what purpose. Give yourself some room to develop your role in the channel, it doesn't have to remain static during a period of time.

The next step is to follow intresting people. Use the Twitter search function to find people/companies or organizations that you find interesting. You can follow Linköping university or any of these accounts to find people that are connect to LiU. Once you've begun to follow someone their tweets will end up in your flow on your start page.

Another way to go about this is to find a few key people that you find very interesting and see who they are following. As you go along other users will follow you. Building a network on Twitter isn't that much different from building one in the real world. It takes a bit of work and effort to create meaningful contact surfaces. How often you monitor your Twitter stream or post tweets is of course up to you, but don't forget you have to be active to get the most of Twitter.

There are other tools out there than twitters main page that can help you structure and scan your Twitter streams. For instance you can use Tweetdeck as an application to the web browser Chrome or the app Hootsuite (available for both laptops and smartphones).


 An introduction to Twitter from HowCast

Dictionary for Twitter

  • @ (mention) - Someone mentions you with the help of @+your username and you will recieve a notifications under “notifications”.
  • RT (re-tweet) - If someone has written a great tweet you don’t have to formulate another one- RT what others are tweeting and it will be displayed to your own followers.
  • Tweet - What you are writing on Twitter, collected in 140 characters is a tweet.
  • MT (modified tweet) - If you wish to pay forward something but with a slight modification it is better to type MT instead of RT.
  • # (hashtag) - A # is a tag to categorize the content of the tweet. It is also possible to follow certain #, for example #LiU or # used at conferences.  
  • DM (direct message) - You can send direct messages to other Twitter users, but you have to follow the one you want to send it to. Here you also have 140 characters at your disposal. It will it not be posted in public.



Contact us

Would you like to book us for a seminar?

We can visit your department and share more information. We can for instance help your research team to get started with social media platforms.

Get in touch at socialmedia@liu.se.

About us

This resoure has been established by David Lawrence, Maria Svenningsson, Kristin Krantz, Anna Söderström och Sara Råsberg. We work at the library, the ICT-studio and the Communication and market division at Linköping university.

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Last updated: Tue Sep 19 11:39:31 CEST 2017